We all need vitamins for the proper functioning of our bodies. However, in critical periods, like the ongoing pandemic, the intake of vitamins is even more essential.
Before you ask, this does not mean any vitamin could cure the Covid-19 virus. At least, there is currently no proven scientific evidence for this.
"Why is the intake of vitamins pivotal during this period, then?" you may ask. Well, this is because vitamins assist our immune system to respond better to infections.
While all vitamins are useful to how bodies, certain vitamins have proven more useful in the fight against the Covid-19 virus.
We will examine some of those vitamins below.
1. Vitamin A
Vitamin A has an important role in the development of the immune system. It also improves its function. In fact, it is known as the anti-inflammation vitamin because of its role in fighting foreign substances in the body.
Food sources of vitamin A are squash, carrots, broccoli, cantaloupe, mangos, etc.
2. Vitamin C
The role of this vitamin to the body is one that we cannot underestimate at all. Firstly, it has been proven to help combat cold. And the similarities between the coronavirus and cold goes without saying.
Furthermore, vitamin C is known for its powerful antioxidant properties, which enable it to boost your immune system. Vitamin C also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, meaning it can help a lot with lung inflammation. As you may also know, lung inflammation is one of the more severe symptoms of Covid-19.
Food sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits, potatoes, rose hips, chilli peppers, parsley, blackcurrant, etc.
3. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is also another vitamin heavily involved with the immune system. It assists the immune system in several different ways. One of such ways is improving the function of immune cells, such as T cells and macrophages. These are the cells that shield the body from disease-causing organisms.
Vitamin D also possesses immuno-regulatory and anti-inflammatory properties. What these properties do is to stimulate the immune response in the body when invaders are spotted.
Food sources of vitamin D are spinach, okra, collards, soybeans, egg yolks, liver, etc.
Well, zinc isn’t exactly a vitamin. It’s a mineral. However, its role in the fight against the virus has more than earned it a spot on this list.
Zinc can resolve many respiratory-linked symptoms, including nasal congestion, sore throat, nasal drainage, cough, etc. Zinc also helps trigger a faster response to pathogens in the body.
Food sources of zinc are oysters, poultry, beans, nuts, crabs, whole grains, etc.
If you paid close attention when reading, you would have noticed that the sources listed are food sources. And if you didn’t pay attention, I’m telling you now!
This is because it is safer and, at times, better to obtain the vitamins we need from our diet rather than supplements. However, if your doctor recommends supplements, please take them.
Therefore, you need to eat a balanced and varied diet to get all vitamins in the right proportion.