Covid-19: which vitamins to take after infection?

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“Move more than a few meters” has become a real ordeal for Agathe. A few months after contracting Covid-19, the 35-year-old woman still feels so tired and her body is still so “heavy”. On social networks, many survivors of Sars-CoV-2 give the same testimony: fatigue, cough, breathing difficulties and migraines persist for long weeks.

Are Vitamins Effective?

To speed up the healing process, many doctors administer vitamins to their patients. This is the case of Serge Gil, general practitioner in Connaux (Gard). “No study shows that taking vitamins can help prevent the coronavirus but they can nevertheless strengthen the immunity of patients “, he explains. The dosage will then depend on the patients’ blood results and their needs.

Which vitamins to take?

For the coronavirus, like other infectious conditions, taking vitamin D can help recover. “Vitamin D is known for its actions on the bones. However, it also acts in particular at the intestinal level, knowing that the immunity is 80% on our intestinal mucosa”, adds the doctor. In a press release from the National Academy of Medicine, published on May 23, we can read that she “plays a role in the regulation and suppression of the inflammatory cytokine response causing the acute respiratory distress syndrome which characterizes severe and often lethal forms of Covid-19”. Vitamin D, however, cannot be considered a full-fledged treatment.

Just one or two ampoules for the duration of recovery, vitamin C can be just as effective. Found in many fruits and vegetables, it has anti-oxidant properties, which help prevent heart disease, reduce fatigue and anemia. In some cases, the general practitioner may also prescribe vitamin B12 or B9 which contributes to energy metabolism and the proper functioning of the immune system.

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Foods as natural vitamins

Many foods rich in vitamins, magnesium and / or antioxidants may also be recommended by your doctor. This is the case with fish (omega 3), grapes (antioxidants), citrus fruits or even red fruits (vitamin C). On the other hand, pro-inflammatory foods, such as red meat or refined sugars, should be avoided.

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