The goal of this post is to share information about prevention and treatment ideas for COVID-19. By making this information available, I hope to help others recover sooner and prevent COVID-19 infections. A strong immune system is your greatest defense against COVID-19.
With so much suppression and scrutiny on the internet due to false or misleading information, I made it my mission to present substantial amounts of research and evidence to back up the statements and suggestions in this article. I encourage you to read the post in its entirety with an open mind. I’ve included many supporting links so you can continue the research for yourself and learn more about how strengthening your immune system is your best defense against COVID-19.
Given the severity of COVID-19, learning about the possible treatments and preventive measures are sure to be a good use of your time. This article compiles prevention and treatment ideas that can help solve our crises while protecting the lives of you and your loved ones.
This post has two parts:
Part One: Contains the protocol list with stated differences for both prevention and treatment. I am listing out everything I found research-based evidence on and instructions for use. Perhaps not all recommendations are feasible or a good fit for all, so I present them in order of priority based on the ability to make the greatest impact. I’ve including everything I’ve come across to date with substantiated evidence suggesting its effectiveness. If some suggestions are not an option for people, hopefully, other items listed are. This is the protocol I follow myself and advising my loved ones to do the same. Ultimately it is up to you to determine what is best for you and your family, but I hope this article helps inform you on some options and effective approaches to prevent and recover from COVI-19.
Part Two: Provides the in-depth research and reasoning for everything in the protocol. This section also contains additional details including special considerations and cautions for each recommendation. The research part is long, but powerful in baking up the recommendations. With so much misinformation and claims out there for everything COVID-19 related, I want to arm you with everything you need to make sense out of all of it. I did my best to summarize the research, but also provide all the direct links for further reference.
Before I go any further into this post, I need to discuss and disclose a few things:
- I am not a medical professional or expert, and nothing I convey here should be construed as medical advice. This post is not me diagnosing you or prescribing treatment. It is me showing you what I found and am personally doing to help prevent COVID-19. I also provide my reasoning and research so you can decide for yourself what you think will be the best course of action for you and your family. Everything you choose to do is at your own risk and discretion.
- There are currently no proven cures or proven effective treatments against COVID-19. It is too new of a virus for there to be anything established as safe and effective as clinical trials will take many more months to become conclusive. This virus is also too dangerous to not take action ASAP. Time isn’t an option as it is clear this virus spreads quickly, and it’s estimated that 40-70% of the world’s population will become infected with it this year. We need to immediately take the most reasonable course of action based on what looks to have the highest potential to be safe and effective, so people and our economy don’t continue to suffer. To come up with that course of action, we need to look at the science behind the mechanisms of what might work. We also need to look into what has been effective in treating other viruses. Finally, we need to look into the preliminary results we see in clinical trials and practices to gauge the most likely to be safe and effective treatment ideas against COVID-19. Those methodologies are what I used for everything I recommend. The purpose of this post is not to claim a cure, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of any diseases. The objective is to present evidence-backed suggestions. Nothing I say here has been evaluated by the FDA or any national or worldwide health organizations.
- If you are in serious or critical condition, the best course of action is to speak to a medical professional first to get advice or go directly to the hospital if you are having trouble breathing or other symptoms that warrant it. It has been urged not to go to the hospital to get treated for COVID-19 unless you are in serious or critical condition as you risk overwhelming the medical system and infecting others. So the best thing is to be able to self-treat at home and keep the virus in check.
- Although there are never any guarantees, and you always need to weigh risk vs. reward, what I am presenting here is a low-risk protocol with a high reward. Although it won’t make you invincible, it will give you the best chance of beating the virus or preventing you from getting it in the first place. It’s true that some supplements, especially if taken incorrectly, can cause harm. This fact makes it essential for people to be educated on the risks associated with supplementation before taking anything. I provide links and further information about those potential harms with each recommendation. Everyone reacts differently to different supplements, so there is never any guarantee on how each individual will respond. What is important to realize is that supplements in comparison to prescription drugs, which are a leading cause of death in the United States, have an incredible longstanding safety record. I believe outside of just prevention and possible treatment of COVID-19, a majority of the people who go on these supplements, will see their health improve overall. As supplements, especially the ones listed tend to have far more side benefits than side effects, unlike prescription drugs, which tend to have more serious side effects.
- If you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies, have a preexisting medical condition, or immune complications, extra caution is advised. Please confirm with a medical professional, or if not able to do that, please at least do further research on anything you are considering taking to make sure it will be safe with your specific situation. Again I do provide useful resource links with everything I list; however, that is not a substitution for your own research and confirmation. If you are on any prescription drugs make sure any supplement you take does not conflict with the current medications you are on.
- The information in this post contains is going to be suppressed and attacked. Most sources who mention anything in regards to COVID-19 in terms of potential supplemental treatment are having their content removed, hidden, or their entire accounts blocked. I am not going to let that stop me from sharing what I know but want people to be aware of the severity of the situation and why it is so hard to get this information out to the masses where it is needed to help people. The biggest danger to our lives and liberty is not COVID-19 it is the suppression of free speech. If, after reading this and seeing the research behind the information I provide you agree this information is essential and could potentially help people, please take the time to share it. The chance for this information to save lives depends solely on the number of people it can reach.
- I do understand that it is hard to trust people who seem like they are only recommending supplements during this crisis as a way to make a profit on a supplement they are selling. I want to be clear that I make no money from any of the recommendations I make in this post and have zero affiliation with any supplement companies. I am not linking to products, as I don’t want anyone to assume I have a particular interest in any specific brands. I am also aware that some of these recommendations have already become increasingly hard to buy as information starts to spread. I ask people to please not horde when making purchases and only to buy enough to get them and their family through a few months. Our lives and the economy won’t get better until the majority of people get better so it is crucial to work together on this problem, not against one another. The best way we can do that is by not taking more then we need. We should also be encouraging suppliers to start limiting purchases on critical need items like these supplements. As well as demanding the government steps up to assure production and availability of these and other critical supplies, especially to high risk and low-income areas.
- I already know from observation one of the attacks I will see on the information provided is that I am giving people false hope or a false sense of protection. I want to be clear; I am not giving anyone false hope I am giving people research-backed hope and protection methods. There is nothing wrong with having faith, and believing something will work as long as that belief does not cause people to act stupid. Taking immune-boosting and preventative supplements does not give anyone a license to quit taking preventative cautions like practicing social distancing when required, having good hygiene practices, and wearing personal protective equipment when necessary. It just gives us hope that we can do more and have more control over our health and the outcome of this virus then what we are currently led to believe.
Part 1: Protocol
The protocol I give is based on recommendations for the average adult and is not a protocol designed for children who seem to be far less susceptible to the virus. The protocol provided will be especially helpful to people that have lower immunity due to age or other factors. This protocol is for prevention and treatment upon the initial onset of symptoms; however, this is not a protocol for people who are already in critical condition as those people should seek out urgent forms of care.
Vitamin C: For prevention, take between 1,000-4,000 mg per day divided into doses of 500-1,000 mg throughout the day. For treatment, take in dosages of 1,000 mg every one to two hours while awake totaling 6,000-12,000 mg per day that you are experiencing symptoms. Ideally, if sick, take a liposomal form as it will be the closest to the intravenous vitamin C given by hospitals.
Zinc: For prevention, start with smaller doses of 8-15 mg and slowly build up every day until you reach 30-40 mg daily. Take zinc with food to not upset stomach. For treatment, increase zinc intake to be between 40-100 mg per day, you are experiencing symptoms. After symptoms subside reduce dose back down not to exceed 40 mg daily.
Quercetin: For prevention, take 500 mg once or twice a day with a form of fat and make sure to take one of the doses alongside the supplemental zinc. For treatment, consider doubling or tripling the dose based on severity during the days you are experiencing symptoms, and if you are taking the liposomal form of vitamin C take a dose of that with the quercetin and zinc as well to help increase absorption further.
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC): For prevention, take 600 mg twice daily on an empty stomach (example first thing in the morning and before bed). For treatment, stick with the same dose or consider switching to a liposomal form of glutathione dosed twice daily (also on an empty stomach). NAC is a building block for glutathione production.
Bonus Bed Time Support:
Melatonin: For prevention, take 1-3 mg before bed. For treatment, take 3-6 mg before bed.
Treat yourself to golden milk. A delicious blend of potent anti-viral spices turmeric and ginger and don’t forget to add a sprinkling of cinnamon. Enjoy hot or iced. (Make sure you use plant-based milks in these recipes as regular milk is mucus-forming).
Here is another excellent recipe for a Lemon Ginger Green Tea that contains green tea, ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric.
Recommended Daily Supplements:
All vitamins and minerals are essential for immune functioning. Besides the zinc and vitamin C listed in the primary protocol, these additional supplements have a lot of research backing their importance in fighting viral infections.
Vitamin D: Average 2,000 IU’s daily preferably taken with vitamin K2 and alongside some fat.
Selenium: 100-200 mcg’s per day.
Magnesium: 200-400 mg per day before bed.
Properly and regularly washing your hands, not touching your face, disinfecting surfaces, practicing appropriate social distancing, and wearing personal protective equipment like masks when required are some of the best ways to help prevent virus spread.
Being quarantined could be the best time to integrate some healthy immune-boosting habits into your daily routine. Sleep is crucial for your immune function. The ideal for sleep is between 7-9 hours per night. Other great practices that will help your immune system are things like reducing alcohol consumption, avoiding processed foods, doing stress-reducing practices like meditation, and exercising regularly. A healthy diet is also a critical component to immune function, and eating fresh fruits and vegetables (organic if possible), and other nutrient-dense whole foods are foundational to good health. However, the nutrient levels in our food are not what they used to be for many reasons, including practices like mono-cropping depleting nutrients in the soil. Besides lower nutrient levels in our food, a lot of different things cause our bodies not to be able to absorb the nutrients from our food fully. This is why a healthy diet alone may not be enough to ensure sufficient nutrient levels in the body, which is why supplements play such a vital role.
Getting outside is crucial for both your mental health and health in general at this time. Even with vitamin D supplementation, nothing can replace the effect UVB exposure has on your body’s processes for making vitamin D so aim for 10-15 minutes daily, exposing at least the arms and legs if possible.
Forest bathing, which is the simple practice of walking in the forest for a couple of hours has been scientifically proven to boost immunity by increasing NK cell quantity and activity with the enhanced immune-boosting benefits lasting for over a week. The reason for this is due to inhaling phytoncide, an essential oil compound given off by the trees. If you do decide to do this immune-boosting activity, make sure to honor nature by staying on trails and following leave no trace guidelines.
Grounding, also known as earthing, is the simple practice of walking barefoot on the surface of the earth or sitting on the ground or a rock as a way to reconnect you to the planet’s electrical charges. These charges cannot be conducted through rubber-soled shoes. This research paper on the effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases concludes that the research on grounding points to a simple and accessible health care strategy against chronic inflammation. It states that recharging by conductive contact with the earth’s surface as a regular practice may be what is needed for all planetary life to function optimally.
According to this study, gargling can help prevent upper respiratory tract infections. Consider gargling at least twice a day with just water, green tea, or a saltwater solution. There is research showing that coronavirus can replicate in your throat before moving into the lungs, so gargling as simple as it sounds may have a significant impact on reducing the severity of the virus by helping to keep it out of the lungs. A study published in Nature, which is a leading scientific journal, showed that the cells that line our passageways in the nose and the throat are capable of producing a substance to fight off viruses called hypochlorous acid. Bathing those tissues in chloride-based saline rinses (found in a saltwater solution gargle) can produce more of the hypochlorous acid and help diminish the severity and duration of viruses. Nasal irrigation via a saline rinse showed merit in the study as well, and both methods were shown to be effective against the common cold as well as prevent the spread. Another study showed that gargling with tea catechin extracts prevented influenza infection in elderly nursing home residents.
A good habit to get into is to gargle with salt water, tea, or at the very least plain water a few times a day for around 30+ seconds, especially after being out in public. Make sure to spit the solution out after gargling. While there are no guarantees, it will prevent the virus from moving into the lungs; there is research to support the theory. Since gargling is easy and inexpensive, why not try it out?
Practice breathing exercises in advance, if possible. These techniques are fundamental if experiencing shortness of breath as a result of COVID-19 or if you are at increased risk for lung infections.
Belief and healing go hand in hand. Most people have heard of the placebo effect, which can be a powerful healing tool. The placebo effect is when your mind convinces your body that the treatment you are receiving is the real thing and heals your body accordingly when, in reality, no actual treatment was given. The placebo effect is the undeniable truth of the power of our thoughts and beliefs when it comes to healing our bodies. Use this knowledge to your advantage, and don’t let anyone convince you that your body is not able to eliminate and heal from the virus effectively should you catch it. Focus on taking proper precautions, boosting your immune system, breathe deep, and, most importantly believe that you can and will concour corona! While you are at it, also believe that the world will heal from this pandemic, that we will come together and help each other through this, and that the ultimate outcome will be a better world for all!
“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” – J.M. Barrie
A final note on this protocol: Once again, I know I listed a lot of things, and not everything will be available or practical for everyone reading this. The best advice I can give when following this protocol is to do your best and don’t stress about the rest!
Part 2: Research, Considerations, and Cautions for Protocol
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that plays several huge roles in immune function. Vitamin C is responsible for building collagen and supporting the epithelial barrier function for protection against pathogens and other environmental stresses. Vitamin C also boosts the activity of immune cells and promotes the growth and spread of lymphocytes, which is a type of immune cell that increases circulating antibodies. Supplementation of Vitamin C appears to be able to both prevent and treat respiratory as well as systematic infections. Vitamin C has also been shown to decrease lung inflammation in more severe cases of respiratory illness. A deficiency or insufficiency in Vitamin C leads to impaired immunity and higher susceptibility to all forms of infection. Prevention of infection requires daily dietary intake that saturates plasma levels, and treatment of already established infections requires significantly higher doses of Vitamin C to compensate for an increased inflammatory response as well as metabolic demand.
Several studies are underway to prove the effectiveness of vitamin C against the coronavirus, most notably this study, which completes at the end of September about the use of the ascorbic acid form of vitamin C in patients with COVID-19. As well as this study on vitamin C infusion for the treatment of severe COVID-19 infected pneumonia. Based on the promising results of these studies seriously sick coronavirus patients in New York are being given massive doses of intravenous vitamin C. The patients who are receiving the high dose intravenous vitamin C (IVC) treatments are reported to be doing significantly better than the ones who did not receive the vitamin C.
According to this article in Science Direct, they ask the question if high intravenous doses of vitamin C (IVC) can prevent and treat COVID-19. In it, they reference three previous clinical studies with a total of 146 patients with sepsis given high dose IVC infusions. The study reported that vitamin C shortened the stays in ICU by 97.8% and resulted in a significant reduction in the mortality rate. This same article also reported on high-dose IVC being successfully used in the treatment of 50 moderate to severe cases of COVID-19 in China. It showed that the oxygenation index improved in real-time, and all the patients were cured and discharged.
This study published in PubMed on the effectiveness of Vitamin C in preventing and relieving symptoms of virus-induced respiratory infections showed that mega doses of vitamin C given to the test group their cold and flu symptoms decreased 85% compared to the control group.
Physicians weekly recently published an article titled High-Dose IV Vitamin C on ARDS by COVID-19: A Possible Low-Cost Ally with a Wide Margin of Safety. In this article they discuss that the preclinical findings on vitamin C’s effects on respiratory distress and shows that vitamin C down-regulates inflammatory genes which inhibits the cytokine storm. The article also states that in regards to safety most studies report no adverse effects to be caused from large doses of vitamin C.
Here is an excellent article with additional rationale for vitamin C treatment of COVID-19 and other viruses as well as further published evidence on vitamin C for treating complications of COVID-19 and other viral infections.
The outright attack that mainstream media and medicine made against Vitamin C and its ability to fight coronavirus or viruses, in general, was downright fraudulent, manipulative and make no mistake about it cost lives. According to Harvard Medical School graduate Dr. W. Gifford-Jones, M.D. people are needlessly dying of coronavirus by not being given high doses of vitamin C.
History has shown vitamin C to work against a variety of illnesses and infections. If you want to see how suppressed information is check out the pioneering work of Dr. Frederick Robert Klenner M.D., who successfully used high dose vitamin C against Polio, viral pneumonia, and many other severe illnesses throughout his career. Two time Nobel Prize-winning scientist Linus Pauling also presented the evidence that high dose vitamin C has benefits against heart disease, cancer, cold, flu and other infections. Instead of being taken seriously, Linus Pauling was called a quack. If mainstream medicine would only start to take the advice of this brilliant man more seriously, I am sure he could go back to his proper title: absolute genius!
“Provided one has the correct level of vitamin, mineral and nutritional input, the body can overcome disease.” – Linus Pauling
Vitamin C Considerations and Cautions:
Did you know most animals make their own vitamin C? We are one of the few mammals that cannot due to a gene mutation we inherited at some point during our evolutionary process. Not only do animals make their own vitamin c (goats are capable of producing over 13,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily) but they make significantly more of it throughout the day when they are sick.
If animals make significantly more of it when they get sick, wouldn’t it also make sense for humans to follow suit and take more when sick?
Unfortunately, both animal’s ability to make vitamin C as well as human’s ability to maintain adequate vitamin C levels decreases with age. So the older the person is, the more critical supplementation with vitamin C becomes.
When it comes to absorbability of vitamin C intravenous infusions have the highest bioavailability rate followed by a liposomal form of vitamin C. Liposomes are phospholipids that help carry vitamin C and result in a more direct intracellular release of the nutrient. There are supplemental forms of liposomal vitamin C available, but due to expense and somewhat limited availability during this crisis, people can also consider making their liposomal vitamin C at home.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning it is not stored in the body and dissipates quickly. Vitamin C is an incredibly safe supplement even in very high doses when an illness is present. The vitamin C dosing suggestions I gave in the protocol are conservative in comparison to what others are recommending in terms of prevention. For example, here is a link where Dr. Richard Cheng discusses optimal daily vitamin C intake. The most common side effect and risk when taking vitamin C is upset stomach and diarrhea. However, the sicker you are, the less likely you are to experience those side effects as those side effects indicate a saturation level of vitamin C. The more your body needs due to illness, the harder those saturation levels are to achieve. Dosing vitamin C to bowel tolerance (aka loose stools) is a great way to figure out how much vitamin C your body can handle. Here is a link with further instructions on bowel tolerance dosing. If your stomach seems to be extra sensitive to vitamin C, you should consider other forms like buffered vitamin C or Ester-C, which are both shown to be gentler on the stomach. For a full list of potential side effects, check out this link. The final statement I would like to make on vitamin C is if I or any of my loved ones did end up in the hospital due to a more severe COVID-19 infection. I would insist that they were given high dose intravenous vitamin C therapy as a supportive treatment.
I believe there is a connection between zinc levels and the severity of the coronavirus. The lower the zinc levels in an individual, the greater the risk for more serious complications and symptoms if the virus is contracted. Although I cannot prove it yet and until they start testing the zinc plasma levels and possibly even red blood cell levels of zinc across a large range of COVID-19 victims, I can at least explain my reasoning with research.
Zinc is the gatekeeper of the immune system and functions in many different levels in the immune system, including innate immunity, adaptive immune response as well as immune regulation. Zinc is not only a building block for Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) the body’s first line of defense against infection, but it also increases the activation of other powerful antioxidants like glutathione-peroxidase and catalase. Also zinc is needed to build a critical yet often overlooked antioxidant and metal-binding cysteine-rich protein called metallothionein. Metallothioneins are emerging modulators in immunity and infection, which play a huge role in scavenging free radicals and combatting oxidative stress.
A huge portion of the immune system is actually in the gut, and although zinc plays several roles in gut health which I will dive into more in a later post. It is now well known that the gut microbiome influences our immune system. Interestingly zinc deficiency alters gut bacteria makeup and function.
Most importantly is zinc’s ability to regulate the immune system, so it doesn’t go into overdrive. Zinc actually helps fight infection by tapping the brakes in immune response. The most dangerous and deadly part of COVID-19 is its ability to produce a cytokine storm, which happens when the body’s response to an infection goes into overdrive. Impaired zinc levels increase pro-inflammatory cytokines within the body. Zinc supplementation influences regulatory T cell (Treg) induction and stabilization beneficially while also reducing the pro-inflammatory cytokine production. If you are deficient in zinc, the duration and risk of lung infection is increased. A zinc deficiency also primes the lung for ventilator-induced injury as zinc deficiency is linked to immune cell dysfunction and increased susceptibility to airway infections.
Zinc has already shown to have both promise and success against a wide variety of viruses. Studies have shown zinc to be effective against the common cold by reducing duration. This study concluded that zinc supplementation in the form of nanoparticles could be a novel, effective, and promising antiviral agent against the H1N1 influenza virus. Another study showed that zinc salts inhibited Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) replication in vitro and also prevented RSV plaque formation when present prior to viral infection. The Oxford Academic Advances in Nutrition, which is an international review journal, did an article on the role of zinc in antiviral immunity. This article summarizes the current science and clinical evidence of zincs use as both a direct antiviral and a stimulant of antiviral immunity based on an abundance of evidence accumulated over the last 50 years on zincs success against a variety of viruses.
Why am I saying there is a link between zinc and the severity of the coronavirus? By looking at patterns of evidence like the fact that the elderly which one of the most at-risk groups for having serious complications with the virus, is frequently shown to be deficient in zinc. The immunocompromised are also hard hit, and I already presented the evidence for zinc and the immune system. Low zinc levels play a factor in a variety of different health conditions, including diabetes and heart disease. Loss of taste and smell is now being reported as a common symptom of COVID-19. This symptom is interesting because the loss of smell and taste is also a sign of zinc deficiency, which would make sense if the person who contracted the virus already had low zinc levels, which became even lower when zinc is being used by the body to fight the virus.
What, unfortunately, not enough people are aware of is that zinc has already been proven to inhibit coronaviruses, and zinc ionophores block the replication the viruses in cell culture. However, this study got a lot of pushback with people saying that zinc can’t get inside the cell without a zinc ionophore.
Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which I am sure everyone has heard about in regards to the coronavirus, are zinc ionophores, and their effectiveness is completely zinc-dependent. Dr. Anthony Cardillo, who is currently one of the medical doctors running a trial on hydroxychloroquine did this interview stating the following: “What we are finding clinically with outpatients is that it really only works in conjunction with zinc. The hydroxychloroquine opens the zinc channel. The zinc goes into the cell. It then blocks the replication of the virus.” He also states in his interview that because people take hydroxychloroquine for other diseases that it should be reserved for very sick patients, or we risk blowing through our supply, which is necessary for treating other diseases. As far as his results with the study so far, Dr. Anthony Cardillo states, “Every patient I have prescribed it to has been very very ill and within 8-12 hours they were basically symptom-free.” He also states again in the interview that the success of hydroxychloroquine only has efficacy when taken with zinc.
So the next question we need to ask ourselves is are there readily available and less dangerous zinc ionophore alternatives to the prescription drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine and the answer is yes there is. Polyphenols, more specifically powerful polyphenols like quercetin and epigallocatechin-gallate (EGCG) are shown in this study to act as zinc ionophores. Both of these polyphenols are found in a variety of foods (EGCG is predominantly found in green tea) and are also available as over the counter supplements.
Donald Trump is quoted as saying that drugs like hydroxychloroquine could become “one of the biggest game-changers in the history of medicine.” I would like to counter that statement with saying “The soon to be proven effective and integrative use of vitamin C, zinc and other nutraceuticals in treatment, prevention, and disease management has the potential to be one of the biggest game-changers in human health.”
For even more reasons on why zinc is such a big game changer to our health, check out the following research papers:
Zinc Considerations and Cautions:
Zinc is one of the safer minerals to be consumed in supplemental form. Zinc, unlike most of the other essential trace minerals, does not store in the body, so daily intake of zinc is needed. Zinc is relatively non-toxic, especially if consumed orally (airborne particles are more likely to be toxic). That does not mean zinc toxicity can’t occur, though, and one should be careful about administering high amounts without proper testing of zinc status and working alongside a trained practitioner. High doses of zinc may be necessary to address a deficiency or insufficiency.
One of the dangers of zinc supplementation is that it can lower copper levels in the body. So most sources that mention zinc supplementation say you must also supplement copper. I am telling you right now that is probably one of the most dangerous pieces of advice you could ever be given in regards to both zinc supplementation and your health. Supplemental copper should never be taken without verifying first through blood work your zinc and copper status as well as your ceruloplasmin levels which is a protein needed to make copper bioavailable in your body. If you supplement with copper and have low levels of zinc which is common or don’t have enough ceruloplasmin to make it bioavailable, it will store in your body as a toxic heavy metal wreaking havoc on your brain and health. An imbalanced zinc to copper ratio is an unknown root cause of a variety of health conditions. I am speaking from both personal experiences as well as over a hundred hours of research on the subject. I have a whole blog post series coming out about soon where I will go more in-depth on this issue as well as discuss testing in detail.
To address a few points in this post I want to highlight that we are experiencing a low zinc high copper epidemic. A lot of things lower zinc levels, including stress, alcohol consumption, epigenetic disorders, and eating a lot of foods like grains, nuts, and seeds that contain phytic acid which impedes zinc absorption. Zinc has far too many antagonists like the minerals copper, calcium, and iron. So anytime you take zinc at the same time as those other minerals or eat foods with high levels of those minerals, they are competing with zinc for absorption, and zinc tends to lose out. Unfortunately, a lot of foods that are high in zinc are also high in those other minerals (especially copper), so obtaining enough zinc from the diet is not easy. Copper is very pervasive in our environment and tends to be at high levels in our food. This is due to zinc-deficient soils and copper sulfate being an approved pesticide for even organic produce. Then you have the fact that most houses are fitted with copper pipes (vs. the galvanized zinc-based pipes of our past), and you can start to see why our zinc to copper ratios are becoming imbalanced.
You are probably wondering then what is the safest and best way to assure you get enough zinc on a daily bases. The RDA for zinc is 8 mg for women and 11 mg for men. I can tell you that recommendation is too low for most people, but again most people should get tested to see what their zinc levels are. A more beneficial supplemental range for people that are insufficient in zinc would be between 15-40 mg per day. The upper limit of zinc supplementation established by the food and nutrition board is 40 mg per day. You are probably wondering why I am recommending as part of the protocol up to 100 mg per day. My recommendation to exceed 40 mg per day is only for short term use of treatment, not for prevention. The higher zinc dosages for treatment are based on the protocol where doctors are administering 220 mg of zinc sulfate daily alongside hydroxychloroquine. I do not recommend exceeding 100 mg per day of zinc while symptoms are present without working alongside a qualified practitioner. A lot of people have trouble properly absorbing zinc, which is why high doses are sometimes needed.
Once again, for long term zinc supplementation, blood tests are highly recommended. As far as bioavailability goes, zinc picolinate is the form that is easiest absorbed, followed by zinc bis-glycinate, zinc orotate, and zinc sulfate. With zinc being increasingly hard to find, just supplement with any form that is available if you are not able to find those specific forms. Zinc can cause stomach upset, so it is best taken with food, although it is important to note that foods containing phytic acid or high levels of copper or calcium will impede absorption. You want to go slow when starting zinc supplementation to see how your body reacts. Symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, brain fog, or inability to focus are a sign of copper overload and the copper being released into your bloodstream while supplementing zinc. If you experience any of these symptoms, cut back on the amount of zinc you take per day and go very slow when increasing. For an additional list of cautions, interactions, and potential side effects associated with zinc supplementation check out this link. If using zinc in the form of a nasal spray, you also run the risk of loss of smell.
Quercetin is a powerful polyphenol and a natural plant pigment, also known as a flavonoid. Foods that contain quercetin include leafy vegetables, red onions, peppers, apples, broccoli, grapes, green tea, black tea, and some berries.
Quercetin is shown to have many positive benefits on the immune system including mass cell stabilizing activity, downregulation of cytokine gene expression and production, scavenging of free radicals and metal ions which affect lipid peroxidation. Quercetin is supportive of vitamin C absorption as well as most importantly providing a zinc transport into cells.
As stated before, quercetin was mentioned in this study to act as a zinc ionophore, which is necessary to get zinc into the cell so it can block the replication of coronavirus. Other interesting studies confirm that quercetin as an antiviral agent inhibits influenza A virus entry. Quercetin is shown to have a range of biological actions, including anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties. Fascinating research has been done on its effect against incredibly dangerous viruses like Ebola and Zika. In this study, they found that quercetin has the ability to protect mice from Ebola even when given as little as 30 minutes prior to infection. The same study also confirmed that quercetin targets the early stages of viral entry, proving that it has potential as a prophylactic (preventative) against Ebola virus infection. Another study done showed that quercetin showed antiviral activity against both African and Asian epidemic strains of Zika by preventing the internalization of virus particles into host cells.
Quercetin has many mechanisms that make it effective against viruses including coronavirus. This includes inhibition of 3C-like protease, prevention from ACE 2 binding, mTOR Modulation, and virus weakening. This article I found written by Dr. Chris Centeno, MD discusses if quercetin can help fight off the coronavirus and links to research that ran simulations on the best drugs or supplements to block the coronavirus from entering cells and quercetin was in the top five. The reports and studies mentioned in this article show that quercetin shows a lot of promise in blocking SARS-CoV-2 from entering and being able to bind to cells.
This PubMed report shows one of the most promising targets for the discovery of treatments for fighting severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) is the 3C-like protease because of its critical role in the virus’s life cycle. The study found that quercetin was identified as an inhibitor of the protease. Another interesting thing I came across when researching quercetin was this paper on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Epidemiology and Control, which looked to be published around the first SARS outbreak. Under treatment, the paper stated: “Severe acute respiratory syndrome researchers have been paying particular attention to a naturally found substance named quercetin due to the fact that quercetin in conjunction with vitamin C has been found to be an effective aminopeptidase inhibitor. Aminopeptidase is an enzyme that causes the breakdown of collagen thereby permitting the cellular invasion of the RNA virus. By inhibiting aminopeptidase, quercetin can reduce the infectivity of a virus. In fact, a study found quercetin to be quite effective in inhibiting coronaviruses.”
Keep in mind the U.S. based Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved quercetin as being safe for human consumption. Michel Chrétien’s Montreal lab in Canada is working on creating a trial to prove that quercetin can be used as a broad-spectrum antiviral drug that has the potential to fight a range of viruses including but not limited to COVID-19. However, any trials will take months to become conclusive, and when lives hang in the balance, do we have time to wait? Other zinc ionophores like hydroxychloroquine may have merit in a clinical setting for serious cases when used as prescribed but drugs like hydroxychloroquine are far too dangerous to be used as a preventive (just take a look at the side effects). With the serious situation that is COVID-19, why not take a safe FDA approved supplement like quercetin that has substantial research validating its ability to prevent and inhibit severe viruses backing it up?
Quercetin Considerations and Cautions:
Quercetin isn’t the only polyphenol option to act as a zinc ionophore. EGCG is another powerful polyphenol that I will dive into later that was also shown to work in the same study. Another potential alternative is resveratrol, which was shown in this study when taken with zinc to increase total cellular zinc and intracellular zinc status. One could also conclude that a diet rich in polyphenols will help assure zinc gets into the cells where it is needed to fight the virus. Although I agree that is a relatively accurate assessment for how zinc gets into cells (which zinc does as proven by red blood cell and white blood cell nutrient testing) I think in the case of COVID-19, it may be akin to bringing a knife to a gunfight. In some of these studies, very high doses of quercetin were used. Based on that evidence, my recommendation is to use a quercetin supplement for both prevention and treatment. If for some reason, the supplement is not available to you focus on a polyphenol-rich diet.
As far as dosages and cautions go, suggested dosing is 400-500 mg orally 1-3X daily. The biggest issue when taking quercetin supplements is its low bioavailability. Dietary fat has been shown to increase quercetin’s bioavailability, so make sure to take with some healthy fats and that you have a diet sufficient in healthy fats. Quercetin is presumed to be relatively safe, especially when taken orally at those doses. Here is a more comprehensive list of side effects and drug interactions.
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) and Glutathione
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is a building block for glutathione, which is commonly referred to as the mother of all antioxidants. Both NAC and glutathione have a long list of incredible health benefits, but in this post, I am just going to focus on why they may be beneficial in the fight against COVID-19.
The first reason for the use of NAC and glutathione is basic immune support. Since NAC replenishes glutathione levels, and glutathione is a master antioxidant and is an important redox regulator that controls inflammatory processes. Glutathione doesn’t only help to scavenge free radicals, but it also regenerates other important antioxidants like vitamin C, and E. Glutathione also blocks the production of most inflammatory cytokines and plays a big role in controlling inflammation. Glutathione plays an anti-inflammatory role in lung diseases as it protects against inflammatory pathologies in the lungs.
Although we have no specific studies on NAC or glutathione yet in regards to COVID-19, this study shows the inhibition of influenza infection by glutathione. Another study shows that only 25% of subjects taking NAC as a supplement developed a symptomatic form of the influenza virus vs. 79% of the placebo group. The same study concluded that supplementation of NAC during the winter provides a significant reduction of influenza, especially in the high-risk elderly individuals. It also states that NAC didn’t prevent the virus infection but instead significantly reduced the incidence of it being a clinically apparent disease.
Also, according to this study, NAC is shown to protect against H9N2 Swine Influenza Virus-Induced Acute Lung Injury. This study is important because, in severe cases, the coronavirus is shown to be a cause for acute lung injury. This study states that NAC inhibits virus replication and expression of pro-inflammatory molecules in A549 cells infected with highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza a virus and concludes “that antioxidants like NAC represent a potential additional treatment option that could be considered in the case of an influenza A virus pandemic.” A randomized controlled trial published in Medicine showed that N-acetylcysteine (NAC) improves oxidative stress and inflammatory response in patients with community-acquired pneumonia. NAC is anti-inflammatory and able to limit the release of cytokines.
Glutathione/NAC Considerations and Cautions:
Glutathione is recycled in the body but can be severely depleted during times of illness. Oral supplementation of glutathione is not reliable as stomach acids degrade it. Liposomal glutathione is a delivery method shown to be effective at protecting glutathione from breaking down in stomach acid. Liposomal glutathione is best taken on an empty stomach. However, liposomal glutathione is also very expensive, so a majority of people opt to take NAC as a way to build glutathione in their system. It is not recommended to supplement with glutathione if you have a sulfur sensitivity. Glutathione is considered relatively safe with few side effects and drug interactions. NAC is also considered safe, especially when taken orally per dosing instructions. However, there are a few more side effects and drug interactions to be aware of with NAC. NAC is also best taken on an empty stomach.
Melatonin is a hormone your body produces that helps your body regulate your sleep-wake cycles. Melatonin production declines with age, and melatonin supplements are used as a popular sleep aid. What most people aren’t aware of, though, is that melatonin is also a powerful antioxidant and effective in reducing oxidative stress. It does this through direct detoxification of oxygen species and by stimulating antioxidant enzymes while suppressing pro-oxidant enzymes. It also helps to prevent tissue damage and blocks the transcriptional factors of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Melatonin has been reported as a potential adjuvant treatment for COVID-19. This is because melatonin has already shown to be effective in critical care patients by reducing vessel permeability, anxiety, and improving sleep quality.
There is a significant amount of data that shows melatonin limits virus-related diseases and that its immune response regulation has been repeatedly demonstrated in respiratory disorders that are induced by infections. There is currently a clinical trial testing the efficacy of melatonin in the prophylaxis of COVID-19 among healthcare workers. I want to bring special attention to this research paper asking can melatonin reduce the severity of COVID-19 pandemic? The paper which presents significant evidence as to why melatonin has a high chance of being effective against the virus brings up the question of waiting on clinical trials to prove it is effective before using it based on the evidence that it probably will be and concludes the following:
“Considering the fact that melatonin is known as a safe, inexpensive, readily-available OTC product, how would we justify to millions of people, who did not benefit from it at the time of a deadly crisis, that they and their relatives (who may not be alive anymore) were not timely informed of the potential benefits of melatonin? Thus, we believe that one should immediately conduct comprehensive retrospective studies comparing disease progression among patients who were or were not self-administering melatonin during the course of their disease. Although such data is not readily available yet, it is still possible to collect. The retrospective studies should be supplemented with a prospective one following the incidences and severity of post-infection complications in patients receiving and not-receiving melatonin. However, in addition to these above-mentioned conventional research strategies, we propose to immediately inform doctors, nurses, healthcare providers, and the general public of the potential benefits of melatonin. Extraordinary situations require out-of-the-box modes of operating. The lack of timely action is, in and of itself, an action.”
I wanted to quote this concluding statement directly from the research paper because I think the statement they make here speaks to what is going on in the COVID-19 crises in regards to more than just the need to get the information out about melatonin. As the same can be said for other safe, inexpensive, over the counter supplements like all the ones, I mention in this post. How can we possibly justify during such a deadly pandemic not getting this information out to the public and not using the different research-backed supplemental strategies on patients who are at risk of losing their lives? I will say it again; we don’t have the luxury of time to wait on trials. We need to start using safe and research-backed supplemental treatment strategies now! Both on their own and as supporting factors for more mainstream critical care treatments.
Melatonin Considerations and Cautions:
Melatonin has a reputation for being a very safe supplement for most people when taken correctly. Although the typical recommended dose is 1-3 mg, much higher doses have shown to be safe, although I would not recommend going past the 10 mg mark without being under the care of a trained practitioner. The biggest side effect of melatonin is drowsiness, so it is recommended to be taken within 2 hours of bedtime and not before driving or operating heavy machinery. Children tend to have much higher levels of melatonin than adults and seniors, which is another reason why it is hypothesized that children are not as hard hit by the virus. The older you are, the more melatonin your body probably needs, as it is less likely to be making it on its own. Some people think that melatonin supplementation is problematic because it creates a dependency. That has not been proven however, cycling off of it a couple of days a week may be a benefit for regular users. For a full list of side effects and drug interactions with melatonin, please visit this link.
Green Tea and Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG)
Green tea has long been a health food superstar, but in this case, we will be looking into it specifically for its use as a viral protective agent. Epigallocatechin Gallate, commonly known as EGCG is the most powerful polyphenol (also referred to as tannin or catechin) found in green tea that is responsible for a wide range of green tea’s health benefits.
As discussed previously one of the key reasons green tea and more specifically EGCG could be beneficial against COVID-19 is the study that showed EGCG to work as a zinc ionophore, which transports zinc into the cell where it can inhibit coronavirus and block replication. However, the benefits don’t stop there. This study addresses compounds derived from EGCG as a novel approach to the prevention of viral infections. This study discusses the antiviral mechanism of action of EGCG and says it is known to have antiviral activities that fight against a wide range of DNA and RNA viruses. The same paper states that it most likely inhibits early stages of infections, such as attachment, entry, and membrane fusion and it does so by interfering with viral membrane proteins. The study concluded that “ECGC was found to be the most potent and universal virus inhibitor among the natural catechins”.
Another research study on the anti-infective properties of EGCG concludes: “for most of the enveloped viruses, like HCV, HIV, HSV and influenza, ECGC has been shown to alter or damage the virus particles and so prevent viral entry. Therefore, it is hypothesized that the primary target of EGCG is the viral membrane while the host cell membrane appears to be unaffected. Other catechins do not have such a strong ability to bind to viral membranes.” Here is another research paper dedicated entirely to the evaluation of green tea extract as a safe personal hygiene against viral infections. The paper concluded that “green tea extract based antiviral agents could be formulated as a safe and environmentally friendly personal hygiene against viral infections.” Yet, another study I already mentioned showed that gargling with tea catechin extracts prevented influenza infection in elderly nursing home residents.
Finally, this study showed that “theaflavins (polyphenols) extracted from black tea were able to neutralize bovine conronavirus and rotavirus infections.” Meaning you may want to throw some black tea into the mix as well as this study specifically showed higher success with black tea than green. However, that does not negate all the other studies that show the incredible benefits of green tea and EGCG when it comes to the prevention and treatment of viral infections.
Green Tea/EGCG Cautions and Considerations:
Drinking green tea or black tea is considered very safe in most regards and should be drunk early in the day due to its caffeine content. You can drink it hot or iced, and don’t forget to gargle with it. Matcha, which is ground up green tea leaves into a powder, has an even higher EGCG content. Green tea also contains a higher concentration of theanine, which is calming and helps counteract some of caffeine’s jittery effects. In a lot of these studies, however, tea extracts at much higher dosages were used and should be considered as a stronger preventative measure and potential treatment for COVID-19. Although green tea extract and EGCG are considered relatively safe long term use of doses equal to or above 800 mg of EGCG per day has shown to significantly increase serum transaminases, which could lead to rare cases of liver injury. So it is best to stay below that dose and only use green tea extracts for short term prevention or treatment (especially if quercetin is not available to you) and the rest of the time stick to drinking matcha or regular green tea. Here is more information on potential side effects and interactions.
Herbs and Spices
There are a lot of different herbs and spices that have merit when it comes to viral protection and treatment. To not overwhelm I am only going to focus on these three specific ones due to their strong properties and the fact that they go well together. The first one is curcumin commonly found in spices like turmeric. The second one is ginger and the third one is cinnamon. Let’s start with curcumin, which is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This research study concludes that: “The extensive antiviral effects of curcumin against different viral pathogens nominate this compound as an antiviral drug candidate to develop new antivirals from natural resources against sensitive viruses especially by developing different curcumin derivatives.” Another research study shows that curcumin inhibits influenza virus infection; the study concludes that curcumin inhibits virus-cell attachment, which inhibits the influenza virus from propagating and has promising potential as an anti-influenza drug. My final note about curcumin has to do directly with the cytokine storm, which once again is what makes COVID-19 so dangerous. This research study mentions curcumin’s suppression of cytokine release and cytokine storm and discusses it as a potential therapy for patients with Ebola and other severe viral infections.
Ginger, another powerful herb, has been shown to have antiviral activity as well. Fresh ginger specifically has been shown to have anti-viral activity against Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus as it inhibited plaque formation and viral attachment. The Journal of Plant Medicines has a great article on Ginger’s Antiviral Properties that have been proven by research. Last but not least, I would like to mention cinnamon as another potential herbal anti-viral. This research paper on cinnamon against H7H3 influenza A virus stated that the antiviral activity of cinnamon bark extract showed that it was effective against the influenza virus and that it showed significant antiviral activity in comparison with the controls. This article mentions Dr. Milton Schiffenbauer and his study which compared cinnamon with other botanical extracts (onion, garlic, cloves, peppermint, cocoa and saffron) and found that cinnamon was effective in deactivating viruses in select organisms vs. the other extracts which showed no antiviral effect.
Herbal Considerations and Cautions:
The bioavailability of curcumin is low (intravenous curcumin was used in the study where it was shown to suppress cytokine release). Liposomal curcumin could be considered as an alternative option for increased bioavailability. Another option to increase bioavailability is to consume turmeric (an herb very high in curcumin) with a form of fat and a little black pepper. Piperine, which is found in black pepper, increased the bioavailability of curcumin by 2,000% when dosed orally. Turmeric has a long history of safe use in food; however, when using high doses for treatment, there are additional special precautions and warnings to take into consideration.
Fresh ginger is best, but all forms of ginger hold some merit. Ginger can be chopped up and added to food, used to make ginger tea, or combined with turmeric for a delicious golden milk latte. Ginger is very safe when consumed fresh in a beverage here is a link to learn more about dosages, side effects, and interactions. Cinnamon is great and safe for sprinkling on desserts and adding to different beverages like the golden milk latte, however, don’t overdo it as large amounts of cinnamon taken for long periods can cause side effects.
Vitamin D is what mobilizes our immune cells. Without adequate levels of vitamin D our immune cells do not respond properly to threats. Vitamin D does not necessarily have a direct effect on viruses; it has an effect on our ability to fight viruses off. A large study lead by Queen Mary University of London showed substantial evidence that vitamin D supplements are effective in preventing respiratory diseases. The study concluded that vitamin D supplementation was both safe and did protect against acute respiratory tract infection overall and that those who were confirmed deficient received the biggest benefit. Researchers from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, stated that vitamin D could help fight off COVID-19. The study found that the vitamin plays a critical role in preventing respiratory infections, boosting the immune system’s response and reducing the use of antibiotics.
Another paper states evidence that vitamin D supplementation could reduce the risk of influenza and COVID-19 infections and deaths. A lot of evidence suggests that a vitamin D deficiency could be linked to several chronic diseases and that a deficiency is common in the US population, especially in minority groups. In the international journal of Molecular Sciences, they evaluate several studies and discuss the use of vitamin D in its use as prevention or therapy against influenza. In the paper, they state that the studies clearly show vitamin D’s importance in immune response and that not only is maintaining serum levels of vitamin D important but that micronutrients should really be considered as essential factors for improving our health and fighting against diseases.
Although vitamin D is important and gets more attention in medicine and mainstream media, we need to understand vitamin D does not work alone. Vitamin D is very dependent on vitamin C for conversion into its usable form in the body. Magnesium is needed for the activation of vitamin D so it can be used in the body. Zinc is also needed to come in and help communicate with vitamin D that it is time to start slowing down the immune response. Here is a good paper on the pivotal role of vitamin D, vitamin C, and zinc in the three main immune interactive clusters which are physical barriers, innate immunity and adaptive immunity in regards to the common cold. The paper concludes that the influence of some nutrients and botanicals can significantly influence several components of immunity and that vitamin D, vitamin C, and zinc all have pivotal roles in the three main immunoreactive clusters in terms of prevention and treatment.
Vitamin D Considerations and Cautions:
Vitamin D (not technically a vitamin but instead a prohormone) is one of the few essential nutrients our body does have the ability to make. Sunshine is crucial for creating and maintaining adequate vitamin D levels within the body through UVB radiation. Unfortunately, many factors cause people not to get enough sun and, in turn, don’t allow the body to create the sufficient levels of vitamin D needed. Those factors include our avid use of sunscreen, darker skin pigmentation due to melanin content in skin which acts as a natural sunscreen, spending a majority of our time inside, and living in the northern hemisphere where sufficient levels of UVB radiation are not produced year-round. Although some people suspect warmer weather to be the reason viruses are less active during the summer and more active during the winter, it may correlate more to vitamin D levels. Age is also a big factor in lower vitamin D levels as people over 50 lose some of their ability to synthesize vitamin D from sunlight, and a person over the age of 70 produces 30% less of the vitamin from the same level of sun exposure as opposed to a young person. However, it is not just the elderly that need to be concerned with low levels of vitamin D as a majority of people who test vitamin D levels show a mild to moderate deficiency.
I highly recommend everyone test their vitamin D levels to asses if a supplement is needed (usually is) and how high of doses. Since testing is not an option for a lot of people at the moment, I would say it is beneficial and safe to average around 2,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D a day from supplements and is best supplemented in the form of D3. The RDA has a recommended dose of vitamin D being 600-800 IU, but anything less than 2,000 IU won’t do much to address an insufficiency, and more may be needed.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble lipid vitamin meaning it must be taken with fat for it to be properly absorbed by the body and also stores in the body for much longer, meaning further cautions are needed when supplementing. Vitamin D toxicity is rare but can be caused by supplements of 60,000 IU a day for several months, which causes a dangerous buildup of calcium in the blood. One of the main health risks when taking vitamin D supplements is not taking it with vitamin K2. It is K2 that helps assure vitamin D puts calcium in the bones where it belongs vs. allowing it to build up in the arteries where it can cause heart disease. I take a supplement with 5,000 IU’s of D and 100 mcg’s of K2 every 2-3 days, although I used to take it every day when I first discovered my deficiency through blood work. People with low levels may want to start with a higher dose for a few weeks then work their way down to a lower dose for maintenance. For a more in-depth list of vitamin D risks, interactions, and side effects check out this link. Please understand, though, that a lot of the side effects are associated with activated prescription vitamin D vs. supplemental.
Selenium, an essential trace mineral, is also critical to immune system function as it boosts the immune system by slowing the speed that pathogens replicate. Research is showing that people deficient in selenium are at increased risk for having a greater inflammatory response with viral exposure. A fascinating research paper was written on how selenium deficiency influences the evolution of some viral infectious diseases and discusses the link between areas with selenium-deficient soil as well as nutrient deficiencies and the spread of infectious disease. Here is a study mentioned in Science Daily that shows selenium deficiency causes flu virus to mutate into more dangerous forms. Based on that study, the possibility was brought forward that a selenium deficiency could cause increased virus mutations and perhaps even new viral strains. Selenium may be the key to keeping viruses from becoming their more dangerous forms. Selenium, for example, has been shown to slow the progression of HIV to AIDS and reduce the viral load in patients with the infection. Another important reason for selenium supplementation is the important role it plays in conjunction to zinc in regards to immune response. Finally, as mentioned earlier, both glutathione and metallothionein are powerful antioxidants needed to control infection as well as remove toxins and harmful heavy metals from the body. Selenium plays an intermediary role between these two powerful antioxidant systems.
Selenium Considerations and cautions:
People with adequate selenium in their diet may not need to supplement. Brazil nuts are one food that has a very high level of selenium and could be considered as an alternative to supplementation. Ideally, though, one would get proper testing to determine selenium values in the body. Since that may not be possible, 100-200 micrograms supplemented daily, seem to be a well-tolerated dose while the RDA is around 40-70 micrograms per day. For supplemental selenium, I recommend the selenomethionine form. Since selenium supplements tend to come in 200 microgram doses, you could consider taking every other day if you are concerned about too high of levels. The safe upper limit for selenium is 400 micrograms per day, and anything above that would be considered an overdose. Supplemental selenium comes with risks and side effects if too much is taken and can be toxic. Selenium is a supplement to use with proper cautions.
Magnesium is another mineral that a majority of people are not sufficient in and is responsible for hundreds of enzymatic processes in the body, including immune response. The elderly, alcoholics, and diabetics are all at higher risk for a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is essential for cell stability and repair, DNA and RNA synthesis, and is crucial for maintaining antioxidant status within the cell. Magnesium plays several roles in regards to immune response, but the enzymatic process it creates is necessary for vitamin D’s metabolism. People with adequate magnesium levels need less vitamin D supplementation to achieve sufficient vitamin D levels. Magnesium’s leading role in the fight against COVID-19, however, may be that it decreases inflammatory cytokine production. Which once again, the potential for a cytokine storm is one of the main risk factors in severe cases of COVID-19.
Magnesium Considerations and Cautions:
Magnesium is a mineral that a majority of the population would benefit from supplementing. It is one of the safer minerals to supplement as the body eliminates excess through urine. Magnesium plays a huge role in stress management, and high levels of stress cause magnesium to be depleted quicker from the body. Most people would benefit using a supplemental dose of 200-400 mg per day as magnesium comes with a vast list of health benefits. The best time to supplement is at night as it can help with sleep and is best taken on an empty stomach. Although both calcium and magnesium work together in regards to bone health in the correct ratio, they should not be taken at the same time as they compete with each other for absorption. Magnesium’s biggest downfall is that certain forms like magnesium oxide, magnesium sulfate, and magnesium citrate act like laxatives. Although some people consider that to be a benefit, the laxative effect can also be problematic for many causing upset stomach and diarrhea if taken in excess. Here is a list of the different forms of magnesium so you can figure out which form is best for you. Check this link out for a more comprehensive list of magnesium cautions, side effects, and interactions.
I feel it necessary to mention here and bring attention to the people and videos that had a significant impact or served as validation for some of my research findings.
The first person I would like to mention is Dr. Roger Seheult, MD, who runs the YouTube channel MedCram – Medical Lectures Explained CLEARLY. Although I have not watched all of his videos, the ones I have watched had a significant impact on my research and findings. I had been preaching the importance of zinc testing and zinc supplementation to friends and family long before this coronavirus took hold. It was one of my primary recommendations before I even had a chance to study it further in relation to the coronavirus, and because of that was sent Dr. Seheult’s video on the chloroquine and zinc treatment combo, which he made well before it got more mainstream attention.
Once I decided to dive into writing this post, I started to research zinc ionophore alternatives to hydroxychloroquine. When I discovered quercetin, I decided to do a google search to see who else was discussing it concerning COVID-19, which was not a lot of people at the time. During my search, I came across Dr. Seheult’s video, where he had already discussed quercetin as a potential hydroxychloroquine alternative. His video on the potential immune-boosting benefits of forest bathing is what inspired me to include it in the protocol. For anyone unsure of taking my protocol suggestions because I am not a medical doctor Dr. Seheult recently released a video showing his daily prevention protocol based on his research and experience that has a lot of similarities to mine. Keep in mind Dr. Seheult also actively treats COVID-19 patients in his practice.
The second person I would like to give a mention to is the YouTuber, Prince Ea. I have been a longtime fan of his channel due to videos he has done like these addressing the environment, school system and also did a motivational take on the COVID-19 pandemic called Before You Catch the Virus.
Like me, Prince Ea isn’t a medical professional or an expert, but he did spend a lot of time researching what would be potentially effective against the virus and used his research and influence to release a video called How to Survive Coronavirus (2020). My blog post and recommendations were well underway when that video was released, but I was able to cross-reference his research and use it as another form of validation as he provided a lot of the same recommendations. I highly recommend checking his video out for even more ideas.
Finally, I would like to mention Dr. Andrew Saul, Ph.D. with DoctorYourself.com and editor-in-chief of orthomolecular.org. Dr. Saul has long been a proponent of vitamin C use and was shouting it from the rooftops when COVID-19 first started making headlines. This caused his content to be suppressed from all social media platforms and a lot of his videos to be removed from YouTube. I found tremendous value in his work and websites when doing my research, so I wanted to make sure I give him and the resources he provides proper credit.
A few other sources I found worth mentioning that had similar findings in regards to supplemental treatments for the fight against COVID-19.
A paper published on individual risk management strategy and potential therapeutic options for the COVID-19 pandemic mentions the use of vitamin D, vitamin C, selenium and zinc as potential therapeutic options.
This critical care COVID-19 management protocol published by Eastern Virginia Medical School mentions the use of vitamin C, quercetin, zinc, melatonin and vitamin D3 in treatment.
This study on Coronavirus (COVID-19), first indication of efficacy of Gene-Eden-VIR/Novirin in SARS-CoV-2 infections. Gene-Eden-VIR/Novirin is a patented herbal broad-spectrum antiviral that includes active ingredients like green tea extract, quercetin, cinnamon and selenium. The study which I have to mention was done by the inventor of the formula stated the following “We showed that Gene-Eden-VIR/Novirin ingredients exert a variety of antiviral effects on betacoronaviruses, and SARS-CoV, including inhibition of cell entry and infection, inhibition of replication, inhibition of the viral proteases, enhancing the antiviral immune response, and reducing virulent quasispecies formation. We regard the evidence presented in this paper as first indication of efficacy.”
Having a strong immune system is critical in both the prevention and treatment of any virus. The protocol provided was designed to assist in building the immune system. The research and reasoning are provided to educate people on a topic that has not been taught to a majority of Americans. My main goal for writing this is to help people to feel more empowered and in control of their health.
I want to say that our current medical system deserves a huge amount of credit for the lives they have saved via advanced procedures, treatments, and prescription drugs. The medical personal fighting on the front lines for us against this virus are nothing short of heroes and have my utmost respect.
However, I feel we need to question why a majority of our medical professionals are discounting the use of supplemental treatments and why most mainstream media outlets are so adamant about spinning a narrative that supplements are ineffective and dangerous. Could it be because pharmaceutical companies and their deep pockets play way too large of a role in our medical system and have influence over a majority of our media outlets?
Supplements, including essential vitamins and minerals, are inexpensive in comparison to prescription drugs. Supplements which are hard to patent don’t have large amounts of money behind them that prescription drugs do for research and promotion. Pharmaceutical companies play a big role in how our current medical system is trained to treat patients. The spread of information about the effectiveness of supplements has the potential to hurt big pharma’s bottom line. Do you think because of this, pharmaceutical companies may have a motive and be using their large amounts of money and power to influence the narrative about supplements being spread through our media sources?
I believe I have provided substantial research and evidence showing the beneficial role supplements can play in our health care model. Although prescription drugs certainly have practical use in our healthcare system, the reliance on them can be diminished by integrating the use of supplements. There is one thing that has never made sense to me, and that is the fact that the use of completely foreign chemicals being introduced into our bodies in the form of prescription drugs seems to be widely accepted by society. In contrast, the idea of a nutrient already made by or deemed to be essential to the body is regarded as pseudoscience, forgetting the fact that it was actual science that determined the necessary role nutrients play within our body, to begin with.
Some people may argue this by saying we don’t need these vitamins and minerals because we get enough of them from food. My response to that is, have they seen what the average American diet looks like? Our soils are depleted, our stress levels are high, our toxic load is unprecedented, and a lot of things, including age and genetic factors, affect the bioavailability of these nutrients. While we may no longer experience the major deficiencies of the past that lead to things like scurvy or rickets that does not prove we have sufficient enough levels of nutrients for optimal health. The only way to determine that is through testing using functional ranges. Right now the only nutrient test commonly performed by our medical system is the vitamin D test, which, once again, most people who receive the test show to be deficient or insufficient in vitamin D.
If one good thing could come out this pandemic, it would be the spread of the truth. The truth is most forms of disease stem from or are worsened by nutrient imbalances, and aging is a breakdown of your body’s ability to create, process, and assimilate essential nutrients. This fundamental understanding could not only change our healthcare model but the health of the entire planet.
We need to be asking if there are more ways we can start integrating the parts that make our medical system so great for acute care with more research and testing on supplementation, which has a better chance of being effective for preventative care?
I believe we can if we continue to educate ourselves, insist on being told the truth by no longer allowing the suppression of information, and come together to spread this information and demand the changes needed to protect our health and the health of our loved ones for many generations to come.
Please stay tuned for more information and ideas on how to implement this on a grander scale and do your part by helping to make sure this information gets out there, so we can fight this virus and get our lives back!
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