Mercy Clinical Dietitian Kristan Morey Discusses Vitamins, Your Immune System, and COVID-19
Doctors say vitamins can help boost your immune system to fight off the coronavirus, and what you eat is key. While researchers are still looking into how vitamin deficiency affects COVID-19, there is some evidence that people who are deficient in vitamin D and contract the disease will have better outcomes if they have vitamin supplementation.
According to Mercy clinical dietitian Kristian Morey, RD, LDN, vitamins A, C, D and zinc all play a role in a healthy immune system.
“Making sure you have a diet that includes these sources can be really helpful. If you have any issues getting a balanced diet, say you're older or a picky eater or funds are a little short right now, any number of reasons, a little investment in a multivitamin can be a great option,” Morey said.
Vitamin D can be found in salmon and mushrooms, zinc can be found in oysters, and potatoes and red peppers are good sources of vitamin C.
Morey said there is no need to megadose. View Kristian Morey’s interview regarding vitamins, your immune system and COVID-19.
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