People regularly ask us whether any particular food or vitamin can help improve resistance to herpes simplex and minimise or prevent symptoms. Despite what many websites tell you, no ‘magic’ food or vitamin is guaranteed to make a difference.
Now web articles report that people are asking what they should eat to make sure they don’t catch Covid-19 coronavirus. Or if they do catch it, make it milder. Medical experts are giving the same kind of reponse that we do: there is no single answer.
One coronavirus expert advised people to ensure that their diet includes a wide range of foods, with brightly coloured fruit and veg, or best of all aim for a ‘Mediterranean diet’. This is the same information that we offer on our website about how to reduce herpes simplex outbreaks.
As you will have seen in the news, people with serious underlying health conditions are most at risk of having a bad case of Covid-19. It is difficult, if not impossible to make a long-term health problem disappear, so what can be done?
There is one good idea that you could try!
It is becoming obvious that people with low levels of vitamin D are harder hit with Covid-19, although experts are not agreed on how much it matters and why this is so.
We have previously wrttemn about this in SPHERE magazine 34-1: “Vitamin D for herpes”. Vitamin D is likely to be a useful supplement to take to help improve immune function and get fewer (or no) herpes simplex outbreaks.
Dark skin? Over 65? Vitamin D is the supplement for you
In the days when most people worked outside, we made most of the vitamin D we needed in our skin. Now that most of us spend less time outside and we wear sun protection factor creams (to protect against skin ageing and skin cancer) our acquisition of vitamin D has suffered. In addition, more people whose dark skin is designed to protect against the tropical sun are living in Europe. Here the sun, even in mid-summer, is not as strong.
The NHS has long been advising that, amongst others, people over 65 and those with darker skin should be taking supplements of vitamin D. Our director, Marian Nicholson, has! She takes the recommended dose of 10 mcg (400 i.u.) of vitamin D to lessen the chance of an outbreak. And it does not just help with herpes simplex, she rarely gets a cold. If she does, it is gone in a day or so.
So perhaps it is time you tried vitamin D too?