Vitamins: Powerful Health-Promoting Tools In The Fight Against COVID-19

A recent study from Iran examines the effect of vitamin supplementation on disease severity and inflammatory responses in intensive care unit (ICU) patients suffering from COVID-19. Conducted in the form of a randomized clinical trial, a total of 30 patients were given a combination of vitamins A, C, D, E, and B complex. A further 30 patients functioned as the control group and received neither vitamins nor a placebo. At the end of the study, after evaluating the results and noting that not a single participant given the vitamins had died, the researchers confirmed that vitamin supplementation could improve the inflammatory response and decrease the severity of disease in ICU patients afflicted with COVID-19. The trial adds to the already impressive and growing volume of evidence that vitamins are powerful health-promoting tools in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Conducted at the Imam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran, the stated goal of the study was to evaluate whether multivitamin supplementation could improve the laboratory and clinical outcomes of COVID-19 patients admitted to a hospital ICU. All of the patients taking part in the trial were informed about this goal and signed forms indicating their consent to participate. The study is published in the open access peer-reviewed medical journal Trials.

Saving lives and reducing hospital stays

Noting the synergistic effect of vitamins in strengthening immune system function, the researchers gave the patients in the intervention group the following supplement dosages during the 7-day study period:

Vitamin A: 25,000 IU daily

Vitamin D: 600,000 IU once during the study

Vitamin E: 300 IU twice a day

Vitamin C: 500 mg four times a day (plus an additional 113 mg sodium ascorbate daily, corresponding to 100 mg of vitamin C)

Thiamine nitrate (vitamin B1): 3.1 mg daily

Sodium riboflavin phosphate: 4.9 mg daily (corresponding to 3.6 mg of vitamin B2)

Nicotinamide (vitamin B3): 40 mg daily

Pyridoxine hydrochloride: 4.9 mg daily (corresponding to 4.0 mg of vitamin B6)

Sodium pantothenate: 16.5 mg daily (corresponding to 15 mg of pantothenic acid/vitamin B5)

Biotin: 60 mcg daily

Folic acid: 400 mcg daily

Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12): 5 mcg daily

The results show that while none of the 30 patients given the vitamins died during the period of the study, 4 of the 30 patients in the control group died. Moreover, while just 4 patients in the vitamin group had a hospital stay of more than 7 days, a total of 16 patients in the control group had a stay this long. In addition, compared to the control group, the vitamin group patients were found to have significantly decreased serum levels of inflammatory markers. No complications or side effects were detected from the vitamin treatment.

Time for vitamins to move into the medical mainstream

The Iranian study adds to the growing volume of evidence that vitamins are powerful health-promoting tools in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as early as March 2020, a Chinese medical team had already reported the successful treatment of coronavirus patients with high-dose vitamin C. Further confirming the status of vitamin C as the critical nutrient in the pandemic, subsequent trials have confirmed that it greatly reduces mortality in patients at life-threatening stages of COVID-19. Utilizing the micronutrient synergy approach, scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have since proven that combining vitamin C with other natural compounds impedes key mechanisms of coronavirus infection.

With a team of Spanish doctors further demonstrating that high-dose vitamin D cuts the risk of death from the virus by 60 percent, and Singapore researchers showing that daily doses of vitamin D, vitamin B12 and magnesium reduce the severity of COVID-19 in older patients, it is time for vitamins to move into the medical mainstream of COVID-19 prevention and treatment. Two years into the pandemic, if pharmaceutical medicine had an effective and safe solution to the problem, we would surely have seen it by now.

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Paul Anthony Taylor

Executive Director of the Dr. Rath Health Foundation and one of the coauthors of our explosive book, “The Nazi Roots of the ‘Brussels EU’”, Paul is also our expert on the Codex Alimentarius Commission and has had eye-witness experience, as an official observer delegate, at its meetings.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Paul’s background was in the music industry, where he worked as a keyboard player and programmer with artists including Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry, Bill Withers, the Verve, Texas, and Primal Scream.

He first became interested in natural health after falling ill with a chronic fatigue syndrome-related disorder in 1991 and subsequently making a full recovery through the use of natural health therapies. After meeting Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki at an anti-Codex rally in Berlin in 2002, Paul was inspired to make a life-changing decision to leave the music industry to work for the Foundation and help defend the right of patients worldwide to have free access to natural health approaches.

You can find Paul on Twitter at @paulanthtaylor

Der Executive Director der Dr. Rath Health Foundation ist einer der Koautoren des explosiven Buchs „Die Nazi-Wurzeln der Brüsseler EU“. Paul ist auch unser Experte zum Thema „Codex Alimentarius-Kommission“ und hat Augenzeugenerfahrung als offizieller beobachtender Teilnehmer bei diesen Treffen.

Bevor er seine Arbeit bei der Stiftung antrat war Paul in der Musikindustrie aktiv. Er arbeitete als Keyboard-Spieler und Programmierer mit Künstlern wie Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry, Bill Withers, the Verve, Texas und Primal Scream.


Sein Interesse an natürlicher Gesundheit wuchs, als er 1991 an Störungen erkrankte, die aus einem chronischen Erschöpfungssyndrom resultierten. Durch natürliche Gesundheitstherapien wurde er schließlich vollständig geheilt. Ein Treffen 2002 mit Dr. Rath und Dr. Niedzwiecki bei einer Anti-Codex-Demonstration in Berlin inspirierte ihn zu einer lebensverändernden Entscheidung und er verließ die Musikindustrie um für die Stiftung zu arbeiten und das Recht der Patienten zu verteidigen, weltweit freien Zugang zu natürlichen Gesundheitsverfahren zu haben.

Auf Twitter ist Paul unter @paulanthtaylor zu finden.

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