NutraVideo: Zinc, vitamin D are key in COVID fight

By Danielle Masterson contact

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Vitamin d, Zinc, COVID

The dietary supplement market has been flooded with new products, with an unprecedented demand in immune health. A recent Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)-IPSOS survey found that vitamin D usage jumped 37% and zinc grew 17% amid the pandemic.

Best selling author and board certified internist Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, said these two nutrients are key in the battle against COVID-19.

Among people hospitalized with COVID-19, low zinc levels were associated with a 2.3-fold increased risk of death compared to those with optimal plasma zinc levels, according to Dr. Teitelbaum. Additionally, he pointed to numerous studies that have shown that low vitamin D levels are also associated with much worse outcomes. 

“Study after study after study have shown that zinc along with vitamin D is the most critical nutrient when it comes to this virus. Zinc is poison to the virus. It’s birth control, it’s like a spay and neuter for the COVID virus,”​ explained Teitelbaum.

“Not surprisingly, given this research, optimized zinc and vitamin D levels are associated with a far greater protective benefit than any of the medications currently being studied for COVID-19.These two nutrients alone could probably decrease the COVID death rate by 70%.” 

“As the cost and risk of this simple nutritional support is negligible and the potential benefit is so high, I recommend that everyone I treat take 50 mg of zinc daily for one month to optimize zinc status.”​ Teitelbaum also recommends vitamin D, copper, retinol, vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin B1, while emphasizing ‘optimal levels.’ 

“More is not better, you want optimal levels,”​ said Teitelbaum.

To hear the more on Dr. Teitelbaum’s nutritional support recommendations during COVID-19, watch the full interview.

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