Vitamin C & D Supplementation to help prevent Covid-19

In a recent Press Release

BANT recommends ‘extraordinary measure’ of Vitamin C and Vitamin D supplementation for all adults as part of a wider prevention strategy for COVID-19.

It’s really important for all of us who live in the northern hemisphere to take 10mcg of Vitamin D daily between October and March. In 2020 this is even more important due to the links with Covid-19. In addition to this BANT (The British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) are also recommending Vitamin C supplementation to help support immunity during the pandemic.

Vitamin D3 is important for keeping our bones and teeth strong, but also plays a role in immunity. It is difficult to get enough from foods alone. Good sources include oily fish, mushrooms and eggs, along with fortified foods. BANT has identified research which has showed adequate levels of Vitamin D have proved helpful in reducing the severity of infection.

Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin which means we are unable to keep ‘stores’ in reserve. Excess is excreted through our urine. Eating a healthy, balanced diet you should be able to consume enough for your needs. Good sources include: citrus fruits, leafy greens, broccoli, potatoes and brussels sprouts. BANT suggest adults supplement 1000mg per day as a safe and effective way of supporting immunity.

The NHS currently states that taking large amounts of Vitamin C (over 1000mg per day) can cause stomach pain and diarrhoea.

BANT urges the government to make clear recommendations as part of a wider prevention strategy for COVID-19 to empower individuals to make informed decisions about their food choices and need for additional supplementation.

You can read the full statement along with the supporting references here.