A recent American clinical trial showed that Corona virus patients who received high doses of "zinc" and "vitamin C" (C) did not show significant improvement, contrary to what is being said about them.
Although some medical experts recommend consuming "vitamin C" and "zinc" to help acquire immunity against Corona, the study showed the opposite with infected patients.
In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Dr. Milind Desai, one of the participants in the experiment, said:
"Treatment with high doses of zinc gluconate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), or a combination of the two supplements did not significantly reduce the duration of symptoms compared to standard care."
This randomized clinical trial included 214 patients diagnosed with Coronavirus, which took place between April 27 and October 14, 2020 in the United States.
The trial sought to show if high doses of "zinc" or "vitamin C" would reduce the severity or duration of symptoms, compared to the usual care for Corona patients.
There is no difference between supplement therapy and conventional treatment
Desai (who is a cardiologist and professor of medicine at the "Cleveland" clinic) said, "This trial was only conducted in the United States, with several centers in Ohio and Florida within the same health system."
And he added, "72% of the participants were white and 24% of the blacks."
The patients were randomly assigned to 4 groups to receive either 50 mg of zinc gluconate, 8,000 mg of ascorbic acid, or both, or receive standard care for 10 days.
The primary goals were to determine the number of days required to achieve a 50% reduction in symptoms of the disease, including severity of fever, cough, shortness of breath and fatigue, each of which was assessed on a 4-point scale.
The secondary objectives included determining the number of days required for symptom severity to zero, hospitalization, mortality, and additional medication.
The study concluded that "there was no significant difference in secondary outcomes between treatment groups."
Adhere to prevention measures
The study also revealed that patients who received standard care without supplementation achieved a 50% reduction in symptoms with an average of 6.7 days compared to 5.5 days for the "vitamin C" group, 5.9 days for the zinc gluconate group, and 5.5 days for the group that received both. who are they.
In response to a question whether the results of the experiment will be applicable to the world level, Desai said, "We have not tested whether they are applicable to the world's population yet."
He also explained that he is not aware of any randomized studies that have been conducted strictly on supplements, such as special vitamins, herbs, treatment or other drugs, that "show conclusively" that they reduce the risk of contracting the virus.
"The best advice is social distancing, washing hands and wearing masks, as recommended by public health organizations, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization," he added.