It is rare that we are at Men health disagree with Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (After all, he’s been right about so many things about COVID-19.) Aside from the fact that Fauci apparently pointed out in a discussion last week that taking a dietary supplement could improve your chances of disease prevention.
The truth is that while some nutrients – especially vitamins D and C – are good for your immune system, the research is a bit shaky. And besides, not need take these nutrients in supplement form unless you are deficient (most people aren̵
In fact, it is better to eat these nutrients from real foods rather than supplements, as real foods offer a whole host of additional benefits.
Fauci frequently answers COVID-19 questions on celebrity Instagram accounts. Last week, he spoke to actress Jennifer Garner on Instagram Live about school safety during the pandemic.
In the interview, Dr. Fauci suggests supplementing vitamins C and D to support your immune system. INSIDER Reports.
“When you lack vitamin D, it affects your susceptibility to infection. I wouldn’t mind recommending it and I do it myself by taking vitamin D supplements,” he said. “The other vitamin people take is vitamin C because it’s a good antioxidant. So if people want to take a gram or so of vitamin C, that would be fine.”
Experts are still learning about the novel coronavirus – including the risk factors associated with the virus. And it’s important to Dr. Fauci’s comment should not be interpreted as a proven method of prevention. Right now, hand washing, wearing a mask, and physical distancing are the best ways to avoid COVID-19 – which Dr. Fauci repeated in the interview.
Dr. Fauci may be referring to a recent claim that being vitamin D deficient could leave you prone to disease. People diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency in the past year – and who never received treatment – were more likely to develop COVID-19, according to a study published in JAMA network open.
However, the retrospective study does not to prove These higher levels of vitamin D – in the form of supplements or foods – keep you from getting sick. For this, experts have to carry out suitable clinical studies.
With regard to vitamin C, a 2013 study review shows that supplementation won’t protect you from the common cold. Vitamin C supplements are not dangerous, but neither are they necessary. It’s easy to get vitamin C from foods like oranges, tangerines, peppers, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.
Supplements can be recommended for people with vitamin deficiencies, but pills are never a substitute for food, according to the Mayo Clinic. Dietary supplements do not offer the same level of protection against micronutrients, fiber and antioxidants as foods.
Plus, eating an orange is way more fun than swallowing a pill.
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