“In a recent study, COVID-19 patients from southern India had lower serum levels of selenium compared to healthy individuals, prompting calls for its supplementation among the general population.” [Source: nutraingredients-usa.com]
It is now clear that levels of selenium are linked to outcomes in coronavirus infection. A recent study in Germany examined 33 coronavirus patients at the Public Hospital Klinikum Aschaffenburg-Alzenau. The researchers found that deficiency of this trace mineral was significantly associated with mortality risk. Deficiency was more severe in non-survivors compared to patients who survived the virus.
Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has similarly demonstrated a link between selenium levels and cure or death rates of coronavirus patients. Examining data from China, researchers found that patients from areas such as Enshi City, which has a high selenium intake, were more likely to recover from the virus. Conversely, Heilongjiang Province, a notoriously low-selenium region, had a much higher death rate than that of other Chinese provinces.
Researchers have also found coronavirus patients to be deficient in other micronutrients. A recent study carried out by researchers in the United States examined 21 critically ill coronavirus patients in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Colorado. Levels of vitamins C and D were found to be low in most of these patients. Scientists in Spain have made similar findings, discovering that vitamin C levels in more than 90 percent of patients with coronavirus-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome were so low as to be undetectable.
Doctors in the Netherlands say there also appears to be a relationship between low levels of vitamin K and serious coronavirus complications. They found that patients who died from the virus or who had to go into intensive care have much lower levels of vitamin K than healthy people.
To read how the failure of politicians to acknowledge the existence of these and other micronutrient-based studies is killing coronavirus patients, see this article on our website.