• Sherry Verostko-Slazak

Vitamin C, your health, and the fight against COVID-19

These days, you don't have to be a control freak to feel a little rudderless. This is all still new to us and we are doing the best we can. At every turn, we are told what we cannot do. But fortunately, there is an abundance of activities and actions that we can control that will help shape our health and wellness.

Last week, the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service Editorial Review Board issued a press release on the Rationale for Vitamin C Treatment of COVID-19 and Other Viruses. Here are a few excerpts:

Even if a vaccine for COVID-19 does become available, it will be too late and the world will likely be affected by major chaos with lives lost and economies damaged. It's clear that although a vaccine strategy is desirable, with the current R&D process, it's not practical. [4,5]

We must face the reality of the current crisis and look elsewhere for more proactive, effective and practical ways for preventing and stopping major pandemics like COVID-19. The integrative medical approach, that employs safe supplements of vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc and other nutrients is highly relevant. Treatment with high-dose vitamin C has been widely utilized by hospital ERs and ICUs to prevent death from SARS-associated pneumonia. [6-21]

Vitamin C also empowers the immune system, promoting chemotaxis, growth, and activity of some immune cells (macrophages, lymphocytes, natural killer cells) allowing the body to more effectively fight an infection.[22]

Typically many individuals can tolerate 1000-3000 mg/day in divided oral doses, which can then maintain a relatively constant level of vitamin C in the bloodstream. Some organs (e.g. liver, brain, eyes, etc) actively transport vitamin C to maintain a higher level than provided by the blood. This state of a relatively high maintained level of vitamin C throughout the body is thought to lower the risk of viral infection by assisting the immune system in detecting and destroying foreign microbes such as viruses that attack the nasopharynx and lungs. In addition, oral doses of vitamin C can directly denature viruses.[29]

Informative reading to be sure. Click here to read the entire piece.

What else can we do to protect ourselves and help flatten the curve?

  • Stay home

  • Wash our hands thoroughly for 20 seconds.

  • Eat healthily

  • Move your body

  • Connect with people virtually

  • Sleep

  • Be mindful

  • Love

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