Zinc Supplements can Improve Infertility Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Researchers from Wayne State University School of Medicine have reported that zinc supplements for men and women attempting to conceive either naturally or through assisted reproduction during the COVID-19 pandemic may prevent mitochondrial damage in young sperm and egg cells, as well as enhance immunity against the virus.

Zinc supplementation of up to a maximum of 50 mg per day for all adults could be beneficial in enhancing immunity and fighting the viral disease process of COVID-19. The team found that inc depletion in connection with the cytokine storm – the overreaction of the immune system that causes inflammation, tissue damage, and possible organ failure in fighting COVID-19 – can cause mitochondrial damage and an accumulation of reactive oxygen species in the immature egg and sperm. The result could prevent reproduction and conception.

Zinc alone may be insufficient to reverse the process once widespread oxidative cell damage has occurred. However, if the supplement is administered to those infected with COVID-19 before the cytokine storm phase, zinc may assist in ameliorating disease progression in the mild and early phases by suppressing viral replication and preventing cell damage as a pro-antioxidant, the researchers said.

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Ref Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s43032-020-00400-6