What You Need to Know About Zinc, Vitamin D & Coronavirus: Why These Vitamins & Minerals May Be Critical for COVID-19 Protection & Survival by Jacob Teitelbaum
Zinc may be poison for the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus. Research shows that it may not only kill the virus on contact, but also may slow COVID-19 reproduction. A new study reported in Medscape confirms in humans what has been seen in-vitro.
Among people hospitalized with COVID-19, low zinc levels were associated with a 2.3-fold increased risk of death compared to those with optimal plasma zinc levels. Additionally, numerous studies have shown that low vitamin D levels are also associated with much worse outcomes. Even beyond COVID-19, vitamin D levels are considered one of the best single predictors for survival in the elderly. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has noted that he takes vitamin D because of the virus.
As the cost and risk of this simple nutritional support is negligible and the potential benefit is so high, I recommend that everyone I treat take 50 mg of zinc daily for one month to optimize zinc status, and then take a multivitamin with 15 mg of zinc daily to maintain optimal levels. I also recommend vitamin D 1000 units daily. At the first sign of possible COVID-19 infection, I recommend increasing the zinc back to 50 mg a day for one month.
Viral reproduction often results in massive urinary zinc losses, and zinc is critical for the key hormone regulating immunity, thymulin. Therefore, it’s not surprising that low zinc is associated with poor outcomes. Meanwhile, the low zinc is likely what is triggering the loss of taste and smell, a key symptom of zinc deficiency. In other viruses, the loss of smell usually comes from swelling in the nerve cleft for the olfactory nerve. But this is not seen as the cause in COVID-19, suggesting the zinc deficiency caused by early viral reproduction is playing a key role.
Not surprisingly, given this research, optimized zinc and vitamin D levels are associated with a far greater protective benefit than any of the medications currently being studied for COVID-19.
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