Study Finds How This One Particular Vitamin Could Help Relieve COVID-19
Theories about how vitamins C and D can ease the symptoms of the coronavirus or perhaps prevent the infection have frequently been emphasized by researchers. However, a new study has suggested that vitamin B may be just as helpful.
The study was published in the weekly edition of the Maturitas journal. Scientists from the University of Oxford, University of Melbourne, and United Arab Emirates University have advocated for further research into whether vitamin B will be effective against COVID-19.
1Vitamin B may improve the conditions of COVID-19 patients
While researchers are yet to ascertain the effectiveness of the vitamin on infected patients through tests, they still pointed out that it has significant effects on the virus. It could possibly improve one’s condition when suffering from COVID-19. The authors of the study wrote: “Vitamin B … plays a pivotal role in cell functioning, energy metabolism and proper immune function. Vitamin B assists in proper activation of both the innate and adaptive immune responses, reduces pro-inflammatory cytokine levels, improves respiratory function, maintains endothelial integrity, prevents hypercoagulability and can reduce the length of stay in the hospital”.
2Can reduce inflammation and calm the immune system
COVID-19 is responsible for causing widespread inflammation throughout the body. This impairs breathing and potentially affects the heart and brain. According to theories, this chronic inflammation is triggered due to an immune system overreaction to the virus and is known as “cytokine storm”.
To prevent COVID-19 infections from getting severe, reducing the inflammation and modulating the immune system is necessary. The researchers have written that “Vitamin B not only helps to build and maintain a healthy immune system, but it could potentially prevent or reduce COVID-19 symptoms or treat SARS-CoV-2 infection. Poor nutritional status predisposes people to infections more easily; therefore, a balanced diet is necessary for immuno-competence”.
The researchers concluded that for a possible “adjunct to current treatments” for COVID-19, vitamin B “should be assessed”.
3The sources of vitamin B
In total, there are 8 B vitamins including B1 (thiamine), B6, B12, and folic acid. Anemia can be caused by a deficiency in vitamin B12 or B6. Folic acid is essential for pregnant women to prevent birth defects of the spine and brain.
The National Institutes of Health states that protein sources such as fish, meat, poultry, eggs, and, dairy products; beans, peas, leafy green vegetables; breads and cereals, are good sources of vitamin B. B vitamins are also widely available as over-the-counter supplements.
4Apart from taking vitamin B everyone should also follow these specific coronavirus-prevention rules
Since there is still no cure, vaccine, or proper treatment for COVID-19 and it is yet to be proven whether vitamin B can actually help against the virus, you should follow these specific coronavirus prevention rules:
Keep washing your hands: The best COVID-19 prevention method is washing your hands frequently. You should wash your hands as soon as you get home from work, the grocery store, or wherever you’ve been out in public. Wash your hands before eating meals and also after touching any surfaces or objects outside and near your house.