Science indicates that supplements containing vitamins C and D along with other micronutrients can be a “safe, effective and low cost” means to fight off infections such as COVID-19 and other acute respiratory tract disease, according to Adrian Gombart, an Oregon State University researcher.
Along with his collaborators at universities around the globe Gombart says that public health officials should issue a clear set of nutritional guidelines to complement the existing advice about proper hygiene, social distancing, and handwashing to help prevent the spread of infections. Findings from this study are published in the peer reviewed journal Nutrients.
“Around the world, acute respiratory tract infections kill more than 2.5 million people every year,” Gombart said. “Meanwhile, there’s a wealth of data that shows the role that good nutrition plays in supporting the immune system. As a society we need to be doing a better job of getting that message across along with the other important, more common messages.”