What is the Role of Supplementation With Ascorbic Acid, Zinc, Vitamin D, or N-acetylcystein for Prevention or Treatment of COVID-19?
Seth R. Bauer, PharmD, Aanchal Kapoor, MD, Mary Rath, RD, LD and Suma A. Thomas, MD, MBA
COVID-19 may theoretically be prevented or treated with a variety of agents designed to complement food intake or endogenous molecules. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), zinc, vitamin D, and n-acetylcysteine have also been proposed as COVID-19 preventive or treatment options due to their ability to affect immune response. There is currently no high-quality evidence to justify the use of drugs to prevent or treat patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Several agents designed to complement food consumption or endogenous molecules, on the other hand, may theoretically help avoid or cure the disease.