Taking excessive vitamins to fight COVID-19 could lead to diarrhoea: NICD

Some health freaks swear by vitamins to keep them fit and healthy. But can something like Vitamin D and other supplements have an impact on COVID-19? The National Institute for Communicable Diseases' Professor Adrian Puren discusses this. Courtesy #DStv403

 

JOHANNESBURG - Some swear by vitamins to keep them fit and healthy.

But can something like Vitamin D and other supplements have an impact on COVID-19?

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases' Professor Adrian Puren said, "associations are not necessarily causations.

"We have to think a bit more broadly than just Vitamin D. I think most people do have a good intake of Vitamin D but there are certainly situations where they are deficient," Puren said.

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"I would caution not to go and load up on Vitamin D, in fact the excess can have side effects which are not very pleasant. I would really caution looking at Vitamin D in isolation."

Professor Puren cautioned with all trace minerals and vitamins that they should be treated if there is a deficiency but not identified as the whole cause of poor outcomes in COVID-19 cases.

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