Another Surprise? Nutrient Supplements Prevent Disease

Why are we still talking about this three years later as if it was something new? Most of the earliest protocols for defence against Covid were nutritional supplements. A typical protocol included 1000 – 3000 mg of vitamin C, 2000 – 10,000 IU of vitamin D and 25-50 mg of zinc. Added to that was quercetin, a zinc ionophore which helped transport zinc across cell membranes into the cytoplasm where it could paralyze viral assembly.

The articles on these protocols were convincing so that my wife and I have taken the supplements for the past two years. I have not (to my knowledge) had Covid despite many vaccinated friends being bedridden. You can’t seem to convince people who are too familiar. My wife did contract Covid during a recent hospital stint but she would never have known if they hadn’t being doing frequent tests. She had a mild cough. Despite sharing unmasked meals and hugs, I did not develop any symptoms (that I noticed) and my own tests were negative. As a bonus, over the years that we have been supplementing we have not had colds or flus.

Some years ago I did a lot of nutritional research and determined that Canadians are most likely to be deficient in vitamins C, D and zinc. Coincidence? I think not.

If only our universities had studied this earlier: Zinc trial saves lives with Covid

By Jo Nova

White tablets, photo.

Here we are after half a billion people caught Covid (that we know of) and now someone studies zinc tablets and mortality in a proper randomized trial?

It turns out zinc treatment reduced the length of Covid suffering by about 3 days and the people who took it were 40% less likely to die.

The thing we learn from this study is that yet again, publicly funded science is killing people because it is not studying the obvious, cheap, low risk solutions that can’t be patented. Ministers of Health are apparently Ministers for Pharmaceutical profits.

This is the scandal:

To our knowledge, this study is the first well-powered, placebo-controlled clinical trial to report results of zinc for the treatment of patients with COVID-19.

To summarize the background: We already knew zinc was useful against quite a few viruses and have known this since 1974. We also knew from another study that 6 out of 10 Covid patients were deficient in zinc, and those patients were more likely to die. Odds were that zinc would be useful, low cost and low risk, so… we waited two years and let a few million people die before someone, somewhere managed to do this obvious study with 400 patients.

The activity of zinc against infectious pathogens has been demonstrated in a variety of viral species [12–16]. However, there is very scant information available on the role and effect of zinc in coronavirus disease [17–21]. Jothimani et al [18] in a recently published study including 47 patients with COVID-19 demonstrated that zinc deficiency was present in more than half (57.4%) of their cohort and was associated with prolonged hospitalization and increased mortality compared with a control group. In 4 outpatients with COVID-19, Finzi [19] reported that treatment with zinc reduced disease symptoms within 24 hours.

In the meantime we ignored nutrients, food and exercise and spent billions of dollars on secret deals, carrying out mass experimentation with wildly new technologies and unknown risks instead. And we even did it on our children.

Basically people who took zinc were better off than those who didn’t

This applied to old folks, young people, early treatment, late treatment and either sex:

Zinc is better than “no zinc”. (Click to enlarge)

Zinc is used in over 300 enzymes and 1000 transcription factors (things we need to read our genes). It’s such an intrinsic part of us,  fully 10% of all human proteins bind zinc. After iron, it is the second most common trace metal inside us and we carry about 2 – 4 grams of zinc within.

But the sad truth is people were using zinc in treatments nearly 2,000 years ago. Even the ancient Romans arguably knew more medicine than most Ministers of Health.

The oldest known pills were made of the zinc carbonates hydrozincite and smithsonite. The pills were used for sore eyes and were found aboard the Roman ship Relitto del Pozzino, wrecked in 140 BC.


And in case you were wondering, the modern Covid research was eventually done by a small African Pharmaceutical company.

“This work was supported by Opalia Recordati, Tunisia.”

They used a 25mg tablet twice a day for two weeks, which is a modest dose for a short time. It was their own brand, and presumably they want to sell more zinc tablets, so there is a conflict of interest. But unlike large western conglomerate pharmaceutical companies, perhaps  they don’t have billion dollar patented anti-virals and vaccines to sell as well, so they aren’t worried that a cheap supplement will dent their most profitable products.

Despite the conflict of interest the results fit with other minor, smaller or imperfect studies on zinc that also show benefits in this order. For various reasons previous studies were usually too small, or retrospective, or studying a mixed bag of treatments, so hard to unpack. And the truth is, this study should be replicated with different doses and larger groups too, and it should have been done 30 years ago with other viruses already. How many man-years of productivity have we lost on influenza /RSV/ coronaviruses which might have been saved if zinc was used?

Why do we have publicly funded universities?

It is exactly this kind of “non-profit-making” research that taxpayers probably think our universities would be  doing. Isn’t it time to advance science and stop funding universities? What is the point?

h/t David Maddison


Saoussen Ben Abdallah, et al (2022) Twice-Daily Oral Zinc in the Treatment of Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019: A Randomized Double-Blind Controlled Trial,  Clinical Infectious Diseases, ciac807,

Zinc was known to help with viral infections (references in this paper).

12  Krenn BM Gaudernak (2009)  Antiviral activity of the zinc ionophores pyrithione and hinokitiol against picornavirus infections, J Virol 2009: 83: 58–64,   |    PubMed

13 Korant BD, (1974) Zinc ions inhibit replication of rhinoviruses, Nature 974; 248 : 588–90,   |  PubMed

14 Johnson JK (2019)  Role of zinc insufficiency in fetal alveolar macrophage dysfunction and RSV exacerbation associated with fetal ethanol exposure. Alcohol 2019; 80: 5–16.  |   PubMed

15 Suara RO (2004) Effect of zinc salts on respiratory syncytial virus replication .Antimicrob Agents Chemother

 2004; 48 : 783–90.   |  PubMed

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