These days, the primary message about fighting COVID-19 is about wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing hands. But there are also some proactive steps people can take to strengthen their immune system, and researchers indicate these steps could potentially help mitigate the impact of a COVID infection.
As we know, COVID is in the same family of viruses as the common cold - they're both types of coronavirus. There have been many attempts to find a means of fighting the common cold, and one of them has been through zinc supplements.
Now a study in the American Journal of Medicine appears to indicate that zinc could also be a good way to combat COVID.
"Zinc is a known inhibitor of coronavirus replication," the study states. "Clinical trials of zinc lozenges in the common cold have demonstrated modest reductions in the duration and or severity of symptoms."
"By extension, this readily available nontoxic therapy could be deployed at the first signs of COVID-19," the researchers note. "Zinc lozenges can be administered 5 times a day for up to 5 days and extended if needed if symptoms persist."
"The amount of elemental zinc lozenges is <25% of that in a single 220-mg zinc sulfate daily tablet," the study explains.
Dr. Josh Axe tells CBN News he recommends zinc along with several other supplements to boost your immune system to fight diseases.
"I recommend getting zinc, around 30 milligrams a day, Vitamin D at 5,000 IUs a day, and Vitamin C at 1,000 milligrams a day," he said.
Dr. Axe also supports using herbal supplements to boost immunity during the pandemic. "I really like Echinacea because of how it strengthens the lungs, elderberry because of how it fights viruses, and astragalus for its immune-boosting properties," he said.
Of course, doctors are the only ones who should prescribe medications or treatments for diseases like COVID-19, evaluating the specific risks and needs for each person. Consult with your doctor before making decisions about drugs or supplements.
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