By now we have all been directly or indirectly affected by COVID – a dear friend who passed away, a friend who has had COVID and since recovered, people who have lost their jobs due to companies’ closure or scaling down.
Can I take Vitamins and Supplements to Prevent Coronavirus?
There are no vitamins or supplements known to help prevent coronavirus, including COVID-19. Certain nutrients may help keep your immune system strong and help its ability to fight the virus. These include vitamin D, high-dose vitamin C, zinc and potassium if you’re deficient.
Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruit and lean protein. Probiotics may also help. You can get these in yogurt and fermented foods, like kimchi and sauerkraut. Regular exercise and stress management techniques, such as deep breathing exercises or meditation, also help prime your immune system to fight off infections.
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