The supplement industry exploded as SARS-CoV-2 spread across the world during March 2020. The market in the United Kingdom alone boosted by almost 20%, and vitamin C sales boomed by 110%.
But do supplements offer any protection from the virus? Our bodies certainly require strict amounts of different nutrients. We also know that nutrients such as vitamin D offer great promise against severe cases of the disease.
A team of researchers decided to look into the correlation between people taking certain supplements and their incidents of disease. Using data from 372,720 app users, they found that over 23,000 tested positive and almost 350,000 tested negative between May and July 2020.
They found that people taking probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids, multivitamins, or vitamin D had a much lower chance of infection, by 14%, 12%, 13%, and 9%, respectively.
Interestingly, these results were only observed in women, and the team failed to find the same associations in males.