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Supplements won’t stop infection from COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people questioning whether taking a variety of vitamins, including vitamins C, D, zinc, potassium and many others can keep them from getting sick.

No studies are showing that taking these vitamins has any impact on preventing someone from getting COVID-19, but people are still falling for the false information.

The truth about these vitamins is that many people get them through regular foods eaten daily. According to the Cleveland Clinic, “Currently there is no robust research to support supplemental therapy for the prevention or treatment of patients with COVID-19.” In the United States, many studies have been done on COVID-19, and it is important to make sure the information being read is accurate. There is no way to prevent getting the virus by taking all of these extra unnecessary vitamins, but focusing on diet is crucial to staying healthy.

Maintaining a healthy diet is about consuming foods high in vitamins and nutrients that the body needs. According to Harvard Health, the body needs a variety of vitamins and minerals so that the immune system can function effectively. Eating a balanced diet allows the body to absorb and use the vitamins and minerals that are consumed each day. These vitamins are then used to heal the body and build up immunity to possible pathogens that are encountered daily.

Many people do not need to add vitamin and mineral supplements to their diet unless they have certain deficiencies. According to Harvard University, a deficiency in vitamins or minerals can cause a change in the effectiveness of the immune system. But people who do not have deficiencies and take high doses of vitamin supplements may cause more harm than good inside the body. Some of the excess nutrients may be stored in the body and result in further health conditions, such as increasing the risk of kidney stones.

Maintaining a strong immune system all leads back to the lifestyle someone lives, so if individuals consume foods high in sugar, then the body will suffer the effects. During times where health is important, the World Health Organization recommends adults consume a variety of healthy foods. WHO states, “Daily, eat: 2 cups of fruit

(4 servings), 2.5 cups of vegetables (5 servings), 180g of grains, and 160g of meat and beans (red meat can be eaten 1’2 times per week, and poultry 2’3 times per week).” The World Health Organization also recommends that people should drink 8-10 glasses of water each day.

It is also important to eat a well-balanced diet to make sure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy, but these fixes are not a COVID19 silver bullet. Overall, the best way to combat COVID-19 is to use common sense and follow the CDC guidelines by social distancing, wearing a mask, avoiding crowds and washing your hands often.

Paige Kephart

Altoona

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