vitamin-c-pill-150x150With weeks of “social distancing” now behind us, many of us are finding it hard not to feel overwhelmed by daily COVID-19 updates. As we enter April, the total number of worldwide cases is over one million, with nearly 60,000 confirmed deaths.  With so much at risk, doctors are increasingly looking to high dose vitamin C as a potential therapy.

Of course, the naysayers will claim that “believing” in vitamin C is a reckless pursuit or downplay its significance by saying it’s just a “snake oil” remedy.  But, in reality, vitamin C has a long list of health benefits – not the least of which is fighting inflammation and reducing the risk of infections. It’s no wonder a prestigious medical journal advises the use of this powerful antioxidant as a treatment of severe COVID-19 cases.

Doctors recommend high dose vitamin C as potential treatment for COVID-19 sufferers, backed by decades of scientific research

This premium Turmeric liquid supplement, extracted from organic Curcuma longa root, is packed with antioxidants that support the colon, liver, and more.The use of vitamin C to treat and prevent respiratory infections is well-supported by research, including a 2004 systematic review from Military Medicine, which found up to a 100 percent reduction in pneumonia within experimental groups receiving high dose vitamin C treatment.

Additional studies have also shown that vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can block the sepsis-induced process which normally causes immune-mediated inflammatory molecules to accumulate in the lungs and destroy lung function – exactly what we see happening in people experiencing severe complications of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

For this reason, a new commentary article published by The Lancet Respiratory Medicine has included the use of high dose vitamin C as a rescue therapy for people with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) caused by COVID-19.

Currently, a team of researchers in China are recruiting people for a randomized controlled study of high dose vitamin C therapy in COVID-19 patients. In their study description from ClinicalTrials.gov, they hypothesize that infusion with vitamin C will improve the prognosis of people suffering from the severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) caused by the novel coronavirus, for the reasons stated above.

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The study, which began on February 14 and is expected to conclude on September 30 later this year, is officially called “Vitamin C Infusion for the Treatment of Severe 2019-nCoV Infected Pneumonia: a Prospective Randomized Clinical Trial.”

Do you have insufficient levels of key vitamins and minerals? Know the signs and boost your health with these strategies

One of the main take-home points of many holistic healthcare practitioners and functional medicine doctors is that being clinically deficient in certain nutrients is problematic, but even sub-clinically insufficient nutrient levels (which, by definition, are typically missed by conventional blood tests) can have a negative impact on your health, too.

Signs of nutrient depletion, even at subclinical levels, can range from inconveniencing (like hair loss and numbness in your fingers) to life-altering (like chronic fatigue and increased frequency of colds and infections).

That’s why it’s so important to do things that help you build a deep well of nutrients to draw from. You may be surprised to know eating whole foods and taking high quality supplements aren’t the only things that can help with this – although they certainly rank way up there in terms of lifestyle priority.

No matter what is going on right now in the world or in your own health and home, here are a few important things you can do to optimize your nutritional status and make sure your body has all the raw material (in the form of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants) it needs to thrive and fight off illnesses:

  • Manage your stress: Excessive stress (and the cascade of biological and neurochemical changes that comes with it), can deplete your body of important nutrients like vitamin B6.
  • Protect your gut health: Eating fiber-rich foods like chickpeas can boost gut health, which is essential for strengthening immunity and increasing the ability of your digestive system to actually absorb the nutrients from your food.  Gut health is also boosted with the other suggestions on this list.
  • Stop smoking: Now’s as good a time as any to quit smoking, since we know nicotine and other substances found in tobacco products can impair mineral and vitamin absorption. Looking for extra incentive? Early research indicates that people who smoke or use e-cigarettes are significantly more likely to suffer severe complications of COVID-19 compared to non-smokers.
  • Stay physically active: Optimal health depends on good circulation.
  • Drink water: No doubt, good hydration – with clean, purified water – is central to great health.
  • Eat organic food: Stay way from those nasty (unwanted) chemicals – as much as possible – which contribute to compromised immune function.

And, one final note, just in case you do need serious medical attention: always be sure you have access to a qualified (experienced) integrative healthcare provider.  That person could literally save your life.

Sara Middleton

Sources for this article include:

TheLancet.com
NIH.gov
UCSF.edu
Clinicaltrials.gov
Jamaicahospital.org
NIH.gov
Healthline.com
Rush.edu
NIH.gov

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