VITAMIN C AND COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS


The bulk of this newsletter is derived from Orthomolecular Medicine News (OMN), a peer-reviewed, non-profit and non-commercial information resource.


So lets get to the guts of this topic:

Vitamin C supports your immune system by helping to kill viruses and reducing the symptoms of infection. It is NOT a coronavirus cure, but guess what, nothing is.


Why not use a relatively cheap and very accessible nutrient? Andrew Saul, editor of Orthomolecular Medicine News states...

"The coronavirus, in acute infections, may be expected to be just as susceptible to Vitamin C as all of the other viruses against which it has been proven to be extremely effective. There has never been a documented situation in which sufficient high dosing with Vitamin C has been unable to neutralise or kill any virus against which it has been tested."


So how much is enough?

The physicians on the OMN Service review board specifically recommend at least 3,000mg of Vitamin C daily, in divided doses. To be most effective, it needs to be taken to bowel tolerance - this means taking several doses each day until you have loose motions. Alternatively, intravenous Vitamin C can deliver much higher doses for those at high risk or already infected.


"...we have with Vitamin C an existing, plausible, clinically demonstrated method to treat what coronavirus patients die from: severe acute respiratory syndrome, or pneumonia." (OMN 21/2/20).


Additional recommended nutrients that have immune supporting roles and may reduce the risk of infection include:

  • Vitamin D

  • Zinc

  • Magnesium

  • Selenium


In addition to these nutrients, I would highly recommend a Herbal Immune Mix for those of you that have compromised immune systems and/or have existing health problems that leave you more susceptible to illness.


So rather than feeling overwhelmed and wondering what you can do for you and your loved ones...get to the shops and pick yourself up some Vitamin C (tablets or powder) and start dosing. Childrens' dosing needs to be adjusted for age/body size, and people with acid reflux are best to choose non ascorbic acid forms of Vitamin C.


If you need specific dosing guidelines and wanting a Herbal Mixture, it might be best to book in a phone/email/face to face visit with your Naturopath.


Stay virus free...

Christine



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