According to the WHO, more than 180 million people worldwide have had the new coronavirus infection . Many people have fully recovered from the COVID virus, but many still help with the after-effects. What's the best way to do that?
When COVID enters the body, it acts aggressively, leading to the activation of innate and acquired immunity. Activated cells begin to produce many pro-inflammatory factors, which result in damage to human organs. How does this start to present itself?
In severe forms:
- acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS (respiratory failure due to fluid accumulation in the lungs and low blood oxygen saturation);
- sepsis (multiorgan dysfunction due to dysregulation of the body's response to infection);
- disseminated intravascular coagulation and anticoagulant blood systems), thrombosis and thromboembolism .
The side effects of the infection in moderate and severe cases may present themselves in the following way:
- neurological (from weakness and headache to stroke);
- respiratory system (persistent shortness of breath, pulmonary fibrosis);
- cardiovascular system (arrhythmias, myocarditis, thrombosis);
- immune system (long-term reduced number of lymphocytes in the blood) [3, 4, 5].
It's essential to keep a healthy daily regimen, including good sleeping habits, eating foods rich in proteins and micronutrients, and being physically active to aid in recovery. Still, it's important not to overexert yourself. The contribution of vitamins and microelements to this process can be very significant.
bioniq offers three products - LIFE, BALANCE and IMMUNE that may aid in recovery through unique multivitamin complexes, regular blood checkups and nutritional consultations. The composition of the vitamin-mineral complexes includes such microelements as vitamins A, C, D and E, and zinc. Studies show that these elements are involved in supporting the normal functioning of the human immune system.
This is a micronutrient that we're all very familiar with. It's an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and research shows that it has immunomodulatory effects . One study showed a positive effect of vitamin C in a group of patients requiring mechanical ventilation; Those who were prescribed vitamin C had significantly reduced time spent on the ventilation machine (p <0.00001) and had a shorter hospital stay (p = 0.00003) [7, 8].
Acts as an antioxidant, maintaining the integrity of cells, thereby increasing the epithelial barrier's stability and ensuring the work of innate and acquired immunity .
In addition, both of these vitamins play an important role in producing factors of humoral immunity (antibodies), further strengthening our body .
Research shows that Vitamin D supports the integrity of the mucous membrane, which is usually attacked by viruses and other microorganisms, preventing further penetration of pathogens [10, 11]. It also aids in producing antimicrobial proteins, enhancing the body's immune defence . Vitamin D may help suppress the excessive inflammatory response that leads to severe forms of the disease (for example, ARDS).
It also strengthens the epithelial barrier of the skin and mucous membranes, prevents the penetration of microorganisms, and affects innate and acquired human immunity . Research shows a positive effect of vitamin A on pneumonia in measles..
Supports protective barriers and is involved in the development of the immune system. Zinc deficiency leads to the inadequate formation, activation and maturation of lymphocytes (the primary cells of the immune system responsible for interaction with foreign microorganisms and the production of antibodies) and poor intercellular communication necessary for proper immune functioning [15, 16]. There is evidence of statistically significant improvements during respiratory diseases in people taking supplements with zinc [17, 18, 19].
For example, the duration of fever and severe illness in the zinc-treated group of children was 2.6 times lower (p = 0.004) and 3 times (p = 0.003), respectively, than in the group of children who did not receive supplements (based on the results a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study by Mahalanabis et al.) .
In addition to the above, studies show that the following microelements also have a positive effect on the course of various diseases and may aid in the strengthening of the immune system:
other micronutrients [20-23].
It is also important to understand that buying supplements without medical consultations may be ineffective for achieving the intended goal (for example, strengthening the immune system or improving sleep quality) or may even have negative consequences. For instance, fat-soluble vitamin A can accumulate in the liver. Therefore regular consumption of excess amounts of this vitamin manifests itself with toxic effects and can also lead to joint pain, baldness, headaches and other consequences . Excessive intake of vitamin C may impact the GI tract because of the influence of unabsorbed vitamins in the intestinal lumen .
All of the above vitamins and minerals that may help support and maintain the immune system are found in our bioniq supplements.
bioniq granules are produced in Switzerland using patented technology and are very easy to use - two spoonfuls are all you need to get your daily dose of micronutrients!
bioniq LIFE and bioniq BALANCE are supplements based on comprehensive blood tests ensuring that you only get what you need and in the correct dosage. bioniq IMMUNE is a universal complex developed by bioniq based on in-house research to help support the body's immune system. This complex may be helpful in recovery after mild forms of COVID-19, which did not lead to serious side effects.
A balanced intake of vitamins and minerals, together with regular physical activity and a balanced diet, may help to support the immune system. At the same time, it's essential to take care of yourself and get a professional medical opinion before beginning any treatments.
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