Vitamin Combo May Reduce the Severity of COVID-19 Study Says
As the world awaits the effectiveness of our current vaccines on the new variants of COVID-19, more studies conclude that certain vitamins and minerals, found in every personalized Easy Vitamin Plan, could play an important and safe role in helping mitigate patient morbidity and mortality.
A study published this past October in Nutrition, shows that a combination of the readily available vitamins D3, B12, and the mineral magnesium can reduce the progression of the disease to severe or fatal stages.
The Vitamin D, Magnesium and B12 Protocol
This study observed a group of hospitalized COVID-19 patients aged 50 years and above, who were given a combination of vitamin D, magnesium, and vitamin B-12 (DMB), comparing the rate of progression of disease in this group to another group of patients who were not given DMB.
Vitamin D protects our respiratory system. Magnesium promotes the metabolism of vitamin D, while also having independent bronchodilator and vasodilator activity. Vitamin B12 improves the health of the gut bacteria, which in turn is vital for an active and effective immune system. All are safe and well-tolerated by patients.
How Was the Study Done?
The study aimed at testing the effect of a short course of supplementation of DMB in COVID-19 patients who are not yet in the severe or critical phase of the illness. The aim was to find out if this vitamin regimen could prevent poor patient outcomes.
The study included all patients with COVID-19 who were at least 50 years old, admitted to Singapore General Hospital, between 15 January and 15 April 2020. All of them had a positive COVID-19 test. The study outcome was to assess how many progressed to need oxygen therapy, or intensive care unit (ICU) admission.
During the study, all patients fitting these criteria were administered DMB and formed the study group. DMB consisted of one daily dose of vitamin D3 1000 IU, magnesium 150mg, and vitamin B12 500mcg for up to 14 days.
Did the Patients Get Better?
The researchers found that only 3/17 patients who received the DMB supplement combination required supplemental oxygen, compared to 16/26 in the control group. Of the 3 patients in the DMB group who got worse, only one needed oxygen supplementation after 3 days on DMB but remained in stable condition.
The analysis showed that the odds of requiring oxygen went up with age and the presence of other illnesses, but decreased significantly with DMB treatment, even after adjusting for age, gender, and other illnesses. Importantly, there were no adverse effects that could be traced to DMB.
The Implications of the Vitamin D, Magnesium & B12 Study
Available data from around the world shows that up to a fifth of COVID-19 patients experience life-endangering complications. The current study sought to make use of pre-emptive immune supporting, safe, and well-tolerated agents to reduce the negative health outcomes that can occur with COVID-19.
The apparent success of this strategy could allow the vitamin D, Magnesium and B-12 regimen to be adopted as a safe, easily administered, and early intervention in helping to ward off disease, and quite possibly the serious effects of viruses such as COVID-19.It could also be equally effectively used to prevent symptomatic or severe disease among high-risk contact clusters traced during an outbreak. These supplements are extremely cost-effective, making it suitable for all income ranges, even when vaccines or therapeutic drugs may be too costly to afford.
Lastly, the use of DMB may be equally effective in other viral infections.
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