The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety has stressed the importance of achieving a sufficient vitamin D intake during the coronavirus lockdown.
There is a growing interest in the role of vitamin D in boosting the immune system. Public Health England, an executive agency sponsored by the UK government’s Department of Health and Social Care, recently recommended that people consider taking daily vitamin D supplements during the coronavirus lockdown. Researchers from Ireland recently released a report on vitamin D in which they suggest it “can help in the mitigation of the negative health consequences” of the coronavirus crisis.
As important as vitamin D is, however, other micronutrients similarly play vital roles in ensuring healthy functioning of the immune system. These include vitamins A, C, E, B6 and folic acid, the minerals iron, zinc, selenium and copper, the amino acid lysine, and plant compounds such as quercetin and the green tea extract epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Research carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute documents how specific combinations of micronutrients are instrumental in controlling the life cycle of a virus and its spread in the body, as well as in enhancing the efficacy of the immune system in fighting viral infections.
To learn about the role of nutrition in the healthy functioning of the immune system, see our educational course on viral infections and our special feature page on antioxidants and the immune system.