The main messages for me are below:
- Vit D
- Vit C
- Omega 3
- Lots of fruit and veg
What we don’t know is whether these will work with Covid19 as there simply is no data out there. We all agree on the podcast that these are extrapolations from sports and exercise medicine. You should bear that in mind when considering the strength of the evidence, but as the bios below demonstrate John and Nathan are experts in this field with a strong academic base.
Dr John Rogers is a Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. He also works as Medical Director at the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance and as a Visiting Professor in Sport & Exercise Medicine at Manchester Metropolitan University. His previous jobs include CMO to British Triathlon, Institute Medical Officer to British Athletics, Consultant SEM Physician at the Defence Military Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court, CMO for Team GB at Youth Olympic Games, Team Doctor for British Paralympic Athletics Team, Sports Physician at ORRECO and GP Partner at Brooklands Medical Practice. He has a particular clinical interest in medical problems related to endurance sport.
Dr Nathan A. Lewis currently works as the Lead Performance Nutrition Scientist for the English Institute of Sport (EIS), having worked as a senior performance nutritionist for the EIS across several Olympic cycles, including Beijing, London, Rio, and now into a fourth, Toyko. Nathan has delivered nutritional programs to optimize health and performance to many athletes over the years, including World, Olympic and European Medalists across a spectrum of Olympic Sports. Outside of Olympic Sports, Nathan has experience consulting to Professional teams in the English Premier League, PGA Golf, NBA, NHL and MLB through his role as the Lead Performance and Clinical Nutritionist and Scientist at the Sports science and data analytics company ORRECO. His research to date has focused on biomarkers, oxidative stress in elite endurance athletes, and unexplained under performance syndrome (Overtraining Syndrome). He has published in peer reviewed Sports Medicine and Science Journals and collaborated on various book chapters in the field of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science.
These two academics take us through how sports science might be able to support our wellbeing during the Covid19 pandemic.
- Recommendations to maintain immune health in athletes https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/tejs20
- Probiotics https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD006895.pub3/epdf/full
- Vitamin D and Respiratory Tract Infections: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23840373/
- Vitamin C for prevention and treatment of pneumonia https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD013134/full
- Vitamin C and common cold https://www.cochrane.org/CD000980/ARI_vitamin-c-for-preventing-and-treating-the-common-cold
- Effect of Flavonoids on Upper Respiratory Tract Infections and Immune Function: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27184276/
- Vitamin C and Infections https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28353648/
- Zinc lozenges and the common cold: a meta-analysis comparing zinc acetate and zinc gluconate, and the role of zinc dosage https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28515951/
- St Emlyn’s wellbeing resources https://www.stemlynsblog.org/tag/wellbeing/
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