- 1 Top 5 most used supplements against the coronavirus
- 2 What do these supplements have in common?
The use of vitamin D against the coronavirus has aroused a lot of interest during the second corona wave. It is well known that a healthy vitamin D level is necessary for a well-functioning immune system. In the past, vitamin D has therefore often been recommended as a remedy against viruses and diseases.
This has led to many people taking vitamin D against the COVID-19 virus during the second corona wave. The fact that this supplement is currently very popular is evident from the supplement resellers who often do not have enough vitamin D in their range to meet the demand.
It is important to mention that to date, vitamin D has not been proven to help against the coronavirus. That does not alter the fact that many still use a vitamin D supplement to increase their resistance. All in all, at the time of writing, vitamin D ranks first among the most commonly used supplements against the coronavirus.
Vitamin C was mainly in demand among consumers during the first corona wave. Just like vitamin D, vitamin C is known to contribute to improving your resistance. The fact that vitamin C has a beneficial effect on the immune system is confirmed, for example, by the OrthoKennis Foundation.
However, most get enough vitamin C through their diet. In most cases, it is therefore not necessary to use a vitamin C supplement for better resistance. Demand for vitamin C due to the coronavirus has declined somewhat over time as this vitamin has given way to vitamin D.
3. Zinc Supplements Against COVID-19
In addition to the vitamins described earlier, there are also some mineral-containing supplements against the coronavirus that are used by many people. The mineral most commonly used is zinc. But why is zinc in demand by many people?
This is largely because zinc is also needed for an immune system to function properly. Since many people want to improve their immune system (and thus their resistance), many of them choose to add a zinc supplement to their diet in the fight against COVID-19. Here too, it is not scientifically proven that zinc helps against the coronavirus.
Another common type of supplement against the coronavirus that is very popular at the time of writing is the so-called “vitamin B complex”. A vitamin B complex contains (almost) all B vitamins and many residents of the Netherlands are under the assumption that these vitamins contribute to better resistance.
In other words, that a vitamin B complex makes them more resistant to viruses and bacteria. However, this only appears to be the case if you are deficient in one or more B vitamins. People who already have a healthy vitamin B level will seldom benefit from the supplementation of vitamin B for better resistance.
In addition, science has not established a link between vitamin B supplements and the fight against the coronavirus.
5. Vitamin K in the fight against corona
Vitamin K has started on the rise among people taking supplements against the coronavirus. After all, this vitamin has been shown to contribute to the health of the lungs and blood vessels. That’s why more and more people are turning their attention to vitamin K.
As with the previous nutrients, there is no scientific basis for the use of vitamin K against COVID-19. Those who are deficient in vitamin K may be able to strengthen their immune system, lungs, and blood vessels.
What do these supplements have in common?
But why do many people turn to use dietary supplements against corona, while their effect has not been scientifically proven?
In most cases, it is about the principle “if it doesn’t help, then it doesn’t hurt”. A lot of people are currently inclined to try everything that may lead to becoming more resilient to the coronavirus. However, there is a danger in that.
It is unhealthy for your body to get too many nutrients. For example, because you have added one or more vitamins and minerals to your diet to a large extent.
It can be concluded that the right supplements can result in better resistance, but that they should not be used purely against the coronavirus.