Zinc in peanuts will help you fight coronavirus
In a few months, we wrap up the second year of uncertainty, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Just recently we received another brow in the name of the Omicron variant. A lot is yet to be discovered about the virus but one thing remains constant. The better one’s immunity, the safer they are
Nutrition has a role in fighting the coronavirus. Immunity-boosting diets are your best course of action. Specifically, peanuts are recommended for their high vitamin E and zinc content, both of which help to support our immune systems.
Currently, there are few good quality trials investigating the role that zinc supplementation or low zinc levels have in COVID-19 which means we need to review good quality research that looks at zinc in other conditions as well.
- A Cochrane review of 18 studies found zinc lozenges (at least 75mg/day) administered within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms reduced the duration of cold symptoms in healthy people. They could not make a recommendation regarding whether zinc supplementation reduced the risk of developing a cold.
- Zinc gluconate (13.3mg) reduced the symptoms of a common cold by more than three days in 100 employees in Cleveland.
- Zinc was shown to inhibit the activity and replication of another coronavirus (SARS-CoV which caused an outbreak in 2002) in the laboratory.
- Low zinc levels were associated with a poorer outcome in people admitted to a hospital in Spain with Covid-19.
While there is still much we don’t know about the virus, the best advice available is to ensure you’re following a balanced diet as regularly as possible.
Our health is dependent on our immune system, and they’re only as strong as the fuel we give them so make sure your diet contains as many beneficial foods as possible, and that you’re getting your daily servings of fruits and vegetables.