Vitamins & minerals for NHS Frontline staff

Staff at Morriston Hospital, Swansea

A crowdfunding project, Frontline Immune Support,  is providing frontline staff with immune support supplements, with over 500 doctors, emergency nurses, and other NHS staff having so far taken up the offer. The pack includes Vitamin C, Vitamin D, zinc and other immune supporting supplements including homeopathic remedies and mushroom complex.

Dr Alex Mentzer*, an Infectious Disease registrar at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, tells Healthy Soul, ’As I’m an Infectious Disease doctor married to a Nutritional Therapist, I am very aware of the importance of looking after my body during times of stress. For the past six weeks I have been working relentlessly with constant demands on my physical and mental state. I don’t think I could have coped without the support of my wife’s nutritious meals and the Immune Support Team’s valuable supplements. They have helped me build the resilience I needed to get through this challenging time.

‘It certainly isn’t over for us frontline workers. We are running a marathon and not a sprint. We need every source of support we can be given now more than ever. Thank you Immune Support.’

Leading UK nutritionist Patrick Holford, nutritional advisor to the Frontline Immune Support Team, says: “Frontline NHS staff are in a virally high risk environment. There is clear evidence that 6 grams of vitamin C reduces duration and severity of infections. The Chinese in Wuhan gave all hospital staff daily vitamin C for prevention. Many Covid-19 patients have shown to be deficient in Vitamin D, especially in the BAME community, so getting vitamin D as well as zinc levels up is another wise move when virally exposed since they both support healthy immune cell strength, and zinc also inhibits viral replication.

‘That’s why I’m supporting the Frontline Immune Support Team. These great people need all the support they can get to keep going in the face of adversity. This is the least we can do and hopefully the life-saving information about nutrition will filter through into frontline treatment.’  Read
Patrick Holford’s new book, The Flu Fighters, which explains how Vitamin C, zinc and Vitamin D (and other supplements) are key to fighting viruses.

To donate to the Frontline Crowdfund please click here

Vitamin C has been used in hospital trials on Covid-19 patients in several countries with good success rates, although trials will not be completed until September this year. Research into the effect of vitamin D status in COVID-19 patients are also being carried out in France, Spain and the United States.

*Caroline Mentzer, Nutritional Therapist,

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