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The New Word on Zinc and Vitamin D3

Zinc and Vitamin D3 Can Keep You From Contracting Covid

Did you see the show this week on Fox News with the doctor who said if you take zinc and vitamin D3, you stand a good chance of not getting Covid?

I found some new information on zinc that I think is important as we head into cold and flu season.

  • Researchers from Spain found that people with lower blood levels of zinc who were admitted to hospital with Covid-19 tended to fare worse than those with healthier levels
  • A laboratory study in 2010 showed that zinc inhibited the activity and replication of another coronavirus, SARS-CoV which caused an outbreak in 2002
  • Theoretically, taking zinc during the early stages of COVID-19 may reduce symptoms of severity and the duration of the illness, but this has not been proven
  • Zinc has been shown to reduce the duration of the common cold
  • Zinc supplements should not be taken at too high a dose or for long periods as they can cause toxicity. It is not water-soluble and can build up in your body. I recommend 15 mg.

Zinc is an essential mineral that our body cannot make itself. This means we have to obtain it from our diet or supplements. Ginger is a good source of zinc, which is great added to your juice recipes.

Zinc has many important roles in our body, for example:

  • It is responsible for the activity of more than 300 different enzymes in our body
  • It is vital for our immune system function including maintaining the integrity of our skin and for cells mediating immunity such as neutrophils and killer cells. Studies have shown people who are deficient in zinc are more susceptible to infection
  • It is required for protein and DNA synthesis
  • It is important for wound healing
  • Supports normal growth and development during childhood, adolescence, and pregnancy
  • Ensures the proper functioning of our senses (taste and smell). A deficiency causes loss of taste and smell.


Vitamin D3

University of Chicago Medicine researchers led by Dr, David Meltzer, the university’s chief of hospital medicine, found a relationship between vitamin D deficiency and risk of developing COVID-19.

  • More than 40 percent of the U.S. population is deficient in vitamin D.
  • Vitamin D requires exposure to sunlight to activate in the body, a unique characteristic of vitamin D3.
  • A recent meta-analysis of 40 research studies found that daily, long-term doses of vitamin D seemed to protect against acute respiratory infections. Other studies also have found associations between vitamin D levels and COVID-19 susceptibility.


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