The best thing to do is always to prevent disease instead of doing the battle of healing. When you can successfully avoid getting ill, most of the battle is won. While a plant-based diet certainly boosts your immune system, not every vegan follows a healthy diet. I know, it sounds like an oxymoron, but there are plenty of vegans who eat a lot of plant-based junk food and who do not get all the vitamins and nutrients.
In any case, vegan or not vegan, it doesn’t matter. Coronavirus is spreading, and measures are being taken to prevent it from spreading. Classes are suspended in my school and teachers are now going to prepare online classes. (I am a teacher in junior high)
I don’t want to add to the fear mongering. I didn’t even want to write about coronavirus, because articles are popping up everywhere. Many are helpful and give sound advice, but there are others that only confuse people more and even cause more fear.
I think the most important thing is that we remain calm and take our precautions. Avoid crowded places. Take your vitamins, take supplements, eat healthy.
What Vitamins are Recommended?
Before I continue, let me just insert a disclaimer here: I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. I do not work in health care. I base my recommendations on research and my own experience. Common sense is also important, since that often seems to be lacking in extreme situations, like our current one.
Vitamin C is very important. It’s found in many fruits and vegetables, such as oranges, lemons, strawberries, kiwis, kale, spinach, Bell peppers, and broccoli. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that can increase your body’s natural defenses. It boosts immunity.
If your vitamin C levels are low, you are at risk of having poor health. This is why, when it’s flu and cold season it is necessary to take this essential vitamin. Now with the spread of coronavirus, even more so.
Vitamin D is also significant. Unlike vitamin C, our bodies can produce vitamin D; it is made from cholesterol when our skin is exposed to sunlight. The recommended daily intake, according to Healthline, is 400-800 IU. Unfortunately, a lot of people have a vitamin D deficiency.
What can cause a vitamin D deficiency?
- Staying indoors
- Using too much sunscreen when going out
- Living far from the equator, the farther away, the less sunlight there is
Signs and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency
- Getting sick often
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Impaired wound healing
During summer, most people don’t get the cold or flu, because they have plenty of exposure to the sun, so their bodies can make vitamin D. In autumn and winter, though, there is a lot less sunlight, so our bodies cannot produce this much-needed vitamin. That’s why supplements are recommended. Doesn’t everyone always get the cold or flu during the fall and winter months?
Coronavirus is more contagious than the flu, so that is why it is important to take your vitamins. Your body needs them.
Zinc is also a nutrient that your body needs and which is sometimes forgotten during times like these. What are the benefits of zinc?
- It regulates our immune function
- It treats the common cold
- Decreased risk of age-related chronic disease
- It treats diarrhea
- Effects on learning and memory
The first two points should be enough to convince you that zinc is also a good one to take. I am actually taking a vitamin C and zinc supplement right now.
Which Supplements Are Recommended?
I checked the following supplements on Amazon. This first one, Irish Sea Moss Gel, is vegan and completely natural. It includes all the necessary vitamins A, B,C,D,E,K, and calcium, potassium, zinc, iodine, selenium, and silica. I think I am going to order this one too.
Sunergetic Elderberry gummies contain no synthetic preservatives, high fructose corn, or gelatin. It helps support your immune system and includes the much-needed vitamin C and also zinc.
For kids, there is also a vegan supplement, called Up4 Probiotics. It gives digestive and immune support, it is non-GMO, has vitamin C and prebiotic, for ages 3+
Some More Info
If you’d like to know more, here is an interesting article about vitamin D and its importance: “Is Vitamin D the Answer to COVID19 – Food for Thought“
I hope that these supplements can be of some help. As I said before, it is better to prevent disease than struggling to heal from it. Preventing coronavirus is what we must do; stay calm, not panic, take our precautions, and not let such events show the worst, but the best of us.
If you have any comments or questions, please let me know. Thank you for reading!
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