Vitamins and minerals are necessary for the roles they perform in our bodies. They strengthen bones, heal wounds, and step up our immune system. Eating the best foods – meat, fish, poultry, beans, vegetables, nuts, and oils are very important. Good nutrition is a link to increased immunity. A few months before the quarantine a doctor was speaking about how important zinc and Vitamin D are for a person’s health. So, I looked up more information on those two ingredients and the following is what I found.
Zinc is good for blood clotting, important for our sense of taste and smell, and wound healing, it also strengthens our immune system. After taking zinc for a few days, I couldn’t believe how much better I felt and how delicious food tasted. The best thing about zinc is that I don’t use salt as much anymore. In my experience, zinc brings out the flavor of food. If by chance I use salt, that is all that I can taste for the rest of the day.
Vitamin D lowers the chance of getting a respiratory infection. Vitamin D is from the sun and made by our body and is a hormone. Living in CNY is not the sunniest place so a supplement is necessary for good health. Vitamin D allows our body to get calcium from food in our digestive tract rather than taking it from our bones.
Everyone should consider taking a good quality multivitamin with zinc and Vitamin D supplement. During the quarantine, I realized zinc and vitamin D played a large part in the anti-COVID cocktail. Our health is important and these steps could provide a huge benefit. I’m thankful to have been healthy during this time and believe that these vitamins have played an essential role.
Healthline: “According to Nutritionists These are the 7 Ingredients Your Multivitamin Should Have”, by Gabrielle Kassel, 8/27/2019.
Harvard School of Public Health: The Role of Diet and Nutritional Supplements during COVID19”, by Dr. Fauzi, Dr. Willett, and medical student Dr. Abioye.
Web MD: “Vitamins and Minerals A to Z”, 5/28/18
Mike Theobald is a contributing writer to the ARISE Website and a part-time employee. His stories offer a unique perspective on life in Central New York.