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20 Vitamins and Supplements To Boost Immune Health for COVID-19


What are the best supplements to take during COVID-19 crisis?

Whether eaten as a whole food or in the form of a pill, the following supplements may help keep you healthy and your immune system in top shape to combat coronavirus. Once again, benefits are theoretical.

Elderberry

Full of antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, elderberry syrup is used as a remedy for colds, flus, and bacterial sinus infections. Elderberry works by reducing swelling in the mucus membranes. 

Some studies suggest elderberry extract reduces the duration of the flu, which is why some believe it may also help your immune system against coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are high in selenium and B vitamins like riboflavin and niacin, which are needed to keep the immune system running optimally. Mushrooms are also high in polysaccharides, sugar-like molecules that boost immune function.

Astragalus

Astragalus is an herb, and its root is used in medicine. Typically used to strengthen the immune system and treat the common cold, upper respiratory infections, seasonal allergies, swine flu, astragalus is also used to fight bacteria and viruses

Its effectiveness against illness doesn’t have a lot of research behind it, although in treating seasonal allergies, 160 mg of astragalus root extract (Lectranal by Milsing d.o.o.) by mouth daily for 3-6 weeks was found to improve symptoms such as running nose, itching, and sneezing.

Selenium

Selenium is a mineral with a variety of uses, including preventing bird flu and swine flu. A potent antioxidant, selenium can boost immune function, except in those with autoimmune disorders, who could experience a negative impact on their immune system.

Garlic 

Garlic’s antiviral properties may be helpful in reducing the severity of symptoms in colds, flu or COVID-19 infections. 

In one study, people who took garlic supplements during cold season caught fewer colds than those who took placebo pills. Garlic may also shorten the duration of a cold. While you can eat garlic fresh, you can also take it in the form of a supplement.

Andrographis

A plant used in medicine for a variety of ailments, andrographis is frequently used as a painkiller and fever reducer, and to treat the common cold and flu.

Taking andrographis extract in combination with Siberian ginseng (Kan Jang, Swedish Herbal Institute) may improve symptoms of the common cold when started within 72 hours of feeling sick. 

According to another study, patients with flu who took a specific Andrographis extract in combination with Siberian ginseng (Kan Jang, Swedish Herbal Institute) felt better more quickly than patients taking amantadine, a drug approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent Asian flu and treat Influenza A. They also experienced fewer complications after the flu: sinus pain, breathing problems and coughing (bronchitis).

Licorice root

Licorice root, when used as a gargle, may be used to soothe the pain of a sore throat, a common symptom of coronavirus, according to a 2009 study in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia. Additionally, licorice root can loosen congestion and reduce inflammation. You can also chew a piece of licorice root or drink it as a tea.

Pelargonium sidoides

Also known as Umckaloabo among other names, pelargonium sidoides is commonly taken by mouth for upper respiratory infections including bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, tonsillitis, and the common cold. 

Taking a specific extract of pelargonium sidoides seems to help reduce symptoms and clear up the common cold after 10 days of treatment. It also lessens symptoms of bronchitis in adults within 48 hours of feeling sick. 

Curcumin

Curcumin is derived from the Curcuma longa plant, commonly known as turmeric. Curcumin is used in Ayurvedic and Chinese…



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