Covid-19: what vitamins to take after infection?
Because there is no cure for coronavirus, any means is good to recover after illness. Are vitamins effective? Which ones to favor? What dose?
"Moving more than a few meters" has become a real test for Agathe. A few months after contracting Covid-19, the 35-year-old woman still feels tired and her body is still "heavy." On social media, many Sars-CoV-2 survivors bear the same testimony: fatigue, cough, breathing difficulties, and migraines persist for long weeks.
Are vitamins effective?
To speed up the healing process, many doctors administer vitamins to their patients. This is the case of Serge Gil, general practitioner in Connaux (Gard) France. "There are no studies showing that taking vitamins can help prevent coronavirus, but they can still increase the immunity of patients," he explains. The dosage will depend on the blood results of the patients and their needs.
What vitamins to take?
For coronavirus, like other infectious conditions, taking vitamin D can help you recover. "Vitamin D is known for its actions on the bones. However, it also acts in particular at the intestinal level, knowing that immunity is 80% in our intestinal mucosa," adds the doctor. In a press release from the National Academy of Medicine, published on May 23, we read that "it plays a role in the regulation and suppression of the inflammatory response of cytokines at the origin of acute respiratory distress syndrome that characterizes severe forms already often lethal to Covid-19 ". However, vitamin D cannot be considered a complete treatment.
Only one or two ampoules during recovery, vitamin C can be just as effective. Found in many fruits and vegetables, it has antioxidant properties, which help prevent heart disease, reduce fatigue and anemia. In some cases, the general practitioner may also prescribe vitamin B12 or B9, which contributes to energy metabolism and the proper functioning of the immune system.
Foods as natural vitamins.
Your doctor may also recommend many foods rich in vitamins, magnesium, and / or antioxidants. This is the case of fish (omega 3), grapes (antioxidants), citrus or even red fruits (vitamin C). On the other hand, pro-inflammatory foods such as red meat or refined sugars should be avoided.