With the current variant running rampant through our community, we are living through mass transmission which means significantly more of us are contracting Covid than for previous variants. With contraction risk so high, we should be preparing for what could be the inevitable and, regardless of severity, help our bodies recover as well as possible. The severity of symptoms range from person to person, but the type of symptoms and when they show up, are pretty consistent. Like any other viruses, vitamins can be a great support for alleviating some of these symptoms in the short and long term.
Helpful support remedies for Covid symptoms
Omega-3 can reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines (substances secreted by certain immune system cells that affect other cells). This means that increasing omega-3 fatty acids via supplements such as fish oil can support a decrease in inflammation and viral entry into cells, helping to alleviate the severity of Covid symptoms. Thanks to these anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties, omega-3 is an easily accessed, inexpensive and natural way to temper the symptoms in the short term, and assist with decreasing ongoing symptoms.
Low vitamin D, which we get through sunlight, supplements and certain foods such as fatty fish, some dairy products and egg yolks, can cause an increase in inflammatory cytokines increasing risk of viral upper respiratory infections. Research has shown that improving vitamin D levels can help temper Covid symptoms. Vitamin D helps to improve your immune system and general health for the longer term.
High Dose Zinc
Although there are randomised controlled studies still pending regarding zinc and SARS-CoV2, the long demonstrated benefits of zinc supplementation align with the symptoms of Covid. It can regulate hyper-inflammation and supports antioxidative effects, which reduces lung damage. Zinc is also essential for protecting tissue barriers such as nasal passages, which can greatly support avoiding getting ill whilst contracting Covid. It’s a great antiviral, immune booster, and inhibits viral replication.
NAC (N-acetylcysteine – a medication typically used for asthma and cystic fibrosis) has known anti-inflammatory benefits that support the lungs and prevent further damage, while also modulating the immune function.
How to prepare for treating symptoms of Covid
First and foremost, be weary of diluted or weaker versions of supplements. The initial cost might be appealing, but when you’re talking about something like Covid symptoms, you are going to want your vitamin arsenal to be potent, considered and provide actual benefits.
The best step you can take is to prepare, before it happens. Once you contract Covid, you are not only required to remain at home while you recover, but you may be someone who experiences more severe symptoms and simply cannot move around. All of our recommendations, while assisting symptoms, promote overall health and will only be of benefit to include them in your regular vitamin intake. However, if you contract Covid before you’re able to, please call our friendly team at CK Health to discuss options for getting the right vitamins to you in a safe and timely way.
CK Health is providing packs of supplements to assist with Covid recovery. The Covid packs are available for sale after a small questionnaire is completed.