“COVID-19 is still the number one topic on the news agenda. Additionally, the emergence of new strains contributes to this. How to protect yourself and your loved ones during outbreaks of coronavirus? What supplements should be taken to strengthen the immune system, resist the virus and recover more quickly after the disease?”
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Today, there are several protocols developed by doctors and tested for taking supplements for the prevention and recovery after COVID-19. One of the most frequently used are the recommendations of the American Medical Institute EVMS (Eastern Virginia Medical School). Below I will tell you what vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can be taken without prior tests and the need to visit a doctor.
Vitamin D3 – 1000-5000 IU per day
Vitamin D is necessary for all people on a regular basis, regardless of the time of year, since it is quite difficult to get it in the required amount naturally, and when using SPF protection, the production of this vitamin is blocked.
Vitamin C – 500-1000 mg 2 times a day
For prevention, doctors advise taking 1-2 g per day. Vitamin C is also easy to get from food. And do not be afraid of overdose: all the excess is excreted through the kidneys, since it is a water-soluble vitamin.
Zinc – 30-40 mg per day
Zinc, like vitamin C, perfectly helps to strengthen the immune system. An additional bonus is the improvement of the condition of the skin, hair and nails. Zinc is best absorbed in the form of chromium picolinate. And it is important not to forget about the balance of zinc and copper: copper deficiency has become more frequent recently due to the fact that people actively drink zinc, but do not think about copper. Also, copper deficiency can lead to early gray hair. Sources of copper are whole grain products, peanuts, seafood. The required dosages of copper are 2-5 mg per day.
Quercetin – 250 mg per day
A natural substance from the group of flavonoids with powerful antioxidant properties. In the pre-pandemic era, quercetin was recommended to be taken to protect blood vessels, brain, heart and other organs from damage caused by various diseases and toxins. Today, quercetin is useful for the prevention of not only premature aging of the body, but also coronavirus.
Protocol for the treatment of postcovid syndrome
Recently, postcovid syndrome has been compared with chronic fatigue syndrome in terms of symptoms, so the approach to treatment is very similar.
Vitamin D – 2000-4000 IU per day
You can take both the usual preventive dosage and double it if you feel the need for it (for example, you need to recover by a certain date). After 1-2 months, it is worth reducing the dosage to a preventive 2000 IU per day, or take a vitamin D test if you still feel very tired.
Vitamin C – 500 mg 2 times a day
Omega-3 – 4 g per day
Omega-3 fatty acids are recommended to be drunk on a regular basis due to its positive effect on the immune and cardiovascular system, as well as on mental performance. And it is important not to forget about the omega-3 balance (and about the fact that omega-3 fatty acids cannot be obtained from food) to omega-6 fatty acids, which should be 1:4, and not more from omega-6, which serve as pro-inflammatory agents unlike omega-3 fatty acids.
Melatonin – 2-10 mg per day strictly before bedtime
You can adjust the dosage yourself, gradually reducing it from the 10 mg recommended by doctors for treatment to the preventive 6 mg, or even less. Melatonin will also help in restoring sleep, a violation of which is often found in post-ovoid syndrome.
Medical Director of the Personalized Vitamin Selection Service VitoBox.ru, dietitian and researcher at FITZ Nutrition and Biotechnology.