COVID-19, nutrition and your immune system.
Your immune system is always active, scanning for threats from viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. When a threat is detected, it ramps up its activity level to respond to the attacker.
To fuel this higher level of activity, the immune system needs more energy and more raw materials.
Studies have shown that vitamins A, B6, B12, folate, C, D and E, and trace elements including zinc, copper, selenium and iron all play important roles in supporting your immune system and reducing risk of infections. Zinc and selenium appear to be especially important in fighting viral infections.
Your gut microbiome also contributes to immune health.
The key source for all of these nutrients and trace elements is your diet.
A recent article in the British Medical Journal reviews the current state of understanding of the roles played by these nutrients and their possible connections with COVID-19. The article recommends that nutrition should be at the forefront of any strategy to ensure your immune system is well supported.
At Professional Integrative Medicine we have a particular interest in the role of diet and nutrition in your health and wellbeing. Contact us to find out more.