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Vitamin D, multivitamins, probiotics and omega-3 reduce COVID risk in women, not men? Find out what study says
Taking multivitamins, omega-3, probiotics or vitamin D supplements may reduce the risk of testing positive for COVID
At a time when people across the globe are reeling under the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study has claimed that taking certain vitamin supplements can reduce the risk of getting infected with the novel coronavirus.
What does the study say?
A recent observational study, done at a large scale, revealed that taking multivitamins, omega-3, probiotics or vitamin D supplements may reduce the risk of testing positive for COVID-19, at least among women. Yes, you heard us right! However, the research, published in the journal BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health, found that taking vitamin C, zinc, or garlic supplements was not associated with a lower risk of testing positive for the virus.
How was the study conducted?
The researchers, including those from King’s College London in the UK, drew on adult users of the COVID-19 Symptom Study app to see if regular supplement users were less likely to test positive for SARS-CoV-2. The app was launched in the UK, the US, and Sweden in March 2020 to capture self-reported information on the evolution of the pandemic.
They analyzed information supplied by 372,720 UK subscribers to the app about their regular use of dietary supplements throughout May, June, and July 2020 during the first wave of the pandemic as well as any coronavirus swab test results. Between May and July, 175,652 UK subscribers regularly took dietary supplements while 197,068 did not.
Around two thirds (67 per cent) were women and over half were overweight. In all, 23,521 people tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and 349,199 tested negative between May and July.