Vitamin C, Zinc and Omega-3s Fulfill a Key Role in Overall Health at Today’s Critical Time: Experts

BY SANDRA GUY

Zinc, vitamin C and Omega-3s can help keep you at the top of your game while we all wait out the uncertainty of seemingly never-ending COVID-19 variants.

The best defense against COVID-19 and its variants remains getting a COVID-19 vaccination, staying masked, social distancing and washing your hands.

But at least one study published in the journal Nutrients has shown that maintaining proper levels of zinc may reduce recovery time from the coronavirus and dying from it.

The study found that participants with low zinc levels had a 21 percent mortality rate, compared with 5 percent in those with healthy zinc levels, according to research by doctors and researchers from the Hospital del Mar, Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute and Pompeu Fabra University, all based in Barcelona, Spain.

The time to clinical recovery was approximately three times less in those with healthy serum zinc levels, according to the research led by Dr. Robert Güerri, a physician at the Infectious Diseases Service of Hospital del Mar.

The authors conclude that serum zinc levels could help predict the outcome of people suffering with COVID-19.

The body contains hundreds of enzymes that require zinc to function properly. Zinc also plays a role in one’s immune function, wound healing, protein synthesis and DNA synthesis and cell division.

The research showed that a zinc deficiency may reduce both innate and adaptive immune responses. That’s important because the innate immune system is the body’s first-line response to prevent the coronavirus from penetrating and replicating before the adaptive immune system develops targeted protection.

Neither Vitamin C nor Omega-3s has been shown to boost your immunity against COVID-19, but they have anti-inflammatory properties.

Vitamin C helps with vital functions such as collagen formation, iron absorption, wound healing, keeping cartilage, teeth and bones strong.

But too much of a good thing can upset your stomach, so don’t exceed 2,000 milligrams of Vitamin C a day. The safest way to get Vitamin C is to eat foods such as berries, citrus fruits, strawberries, watermelon, broccoli, potatoes, tomatoes and dark leafy greens.

Omega-3s aren’t needed if you’re healthy, but they may help treat lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and psoriasis, researchers say.

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