Quarantine Vitamins

Mike Theobald

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.