Excellent well-researched blog post from Nutrigold for you this morning and includes a simple-to follow anti-viral protocol for those who may be vulnerable. It’s similar to the anti-flu posts I do every year, of course! I will copy it here for you and add my own comments as usual. Don’t forget to check out the post I did here on it too. Please pass it on to any older or vulnerable people or groups it might help.
To add balance and calm the loo-roll panic (why?!!), here is a little piece from WDDTY comparing the stats of Coronavirus to normal seasonal flu:
Sadly, many people do die of flu and viruses every year so, of course, we do well not to underestimate a novel one that seems to be spreading worldwide.
Nutritional Support for Immunity Against Viruses Including the Coronavirus
COVID-19 Overview as of 6th March 2020
Sustained human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus in the United Kingdom and elsewhere appears today inevitable. The extent and impact of the outbreak in the UK is difficult to predict and will depend crucially on how the Government, medical professionals and the public react. It will depend particularly on whether there is adequate funding and support for the response; fair and effective management of surging health care demand; careful and evidence-based mitigation of public fear; and necessary support and resources for fair and effective infection control. It also falls to each individual to take appropriate and regular self-defence steps, maintain a suitable level of self-hygiene and limit exposure to potential and actual vectors.
Johns Hopkins has released a live Coronavirus web page, that shows key data in terms of its confirmed cases and outcomes and may be a useful place to start when considering relative risk. The World Health Organisation also provides a regularly updated information portal, that can assist in further understanding. The New England Journal of Medicine is also running a series of rapidly published technical articles on the developments concerning the viral transmission and its outcomes.
The COVID-19 outbreak is unprecedented in recent UK history, and there is no playbook for an epidemiological event of this scope and magnitude. To mitigate its impact, the government must act swiftly, fairly, and effectively.
There are currently no vaccines or other drugs that have shown any promise in treating Coronavirus. Conventional medical advice is to rest and hydrate, which is the same advice given to those with a mild cold. Some centres are advising the use of the NSAID drug, ibuprofen. For those hospitalised and exhibiting respiratory distress, the use of ventilators and IV hydration drips are the most likely treatment pathways. Tests are underway in China to ascertain whether two antiviral drugs used to treat HIV (lopinavir and ritonavir) might offer effective treatment. These drugs were shown to help combat the SARS virus in 2003 after data emerged that HIV patients who were using the drugs and who also had SARS had better outcomes.(taken from Jayney Goddard’s Feb 2020 CMA article)
In addition to a wholefood diet that excludes refined, processed foods and sugar, targeted and specific nutritional support is one of the ways to strengthen mucosal immunity to help prevent or address any viral infection. There are other lifestyle behaviours in which to engage such as appropriate exercise, enough sleep and sound hand washing and general hygiene [my italics to highlight these important lifestyle steps too – it’s not all about supplements!] However, the focus of this article is on the key nutrients to consider supporting natural anti-viral immunity.
We have collated information from existing peer-reviewed papers on PubMed, and other organisations such as The Complementary Medical Association (CMA), the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service OMNS) in the US, the British Society for Ecological Medicine (BSEM NEWS February 2020) and the BMJ whom we thank and acknowledge for their advice on what action to consider overall and also for the individual to improve immunity which could complement any medical interventions.
Here, we present information on key nutrients, but this is by no means a complete list. However, it represents a robust summary of essential nutrients, plant concentrates and their role in human immunity versus viruses. Synergy is key as opposed to focusing or relying on a single agent.
According to Andrew Saul, editor of Orthomolecular Medicine News Service (OMNS) on January 26, 2020, “the coronavirus pandemic can be dramatically slowed, or stopped, with the immediate widespread use of high doses of vitamin C. Physicians have demonstrated the powerful antiviral action of vitamin C for decades. There has been a lack of media coverage of this effective and successful approach against viruses in general and coronavirus in particular.
It is very important to maximise the body’s anti-oxidative capacity and natural immunity to prevent and minimise symptoms when a virus attacks the human body. The host environment is crucial. Preventing is easier than treating severe illness. But treat serious illness seriously. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention. It is not an either-or choice. Vitamin C can be used right along with medicines when they are indicated.”
“The basis for using high doses of vitamin C to prevent and combat virus-caused illness may be traced back to vitamin C’s early success against polio, first reported in the late 1940s. (Klenner FR, 1949). Many people are unaware, even surprised, to learn this. Further clinical evidence built up over the decades, leading to an anti-virus protocol published in 1980. (Cathcart RF, 1980)
It is important to remember that preventing and treating respiratory infections with large amounts of vitamin C is well established. Those who believe that vitamin C generally has merit, but massive doses are ineffective or somehow harmful, will do well to read the original papers for themselves. To dismiss the work of these doctors simply because they had success so long ago sidesteps a more important question: Why has the benefit of their clinical experience not been presented to the public by responsible governmental authorities, especially in the face of a viral pandemic?” In China, a study is underway to see if high doses of vitamin C can help fight off COVID-19. Scientists at the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University are testing its effects on 120 patients who have the virus, giving them daily infusions of 24g of vitamin C for seven days. Results have not yet been published.
The studies clearly show that vitamin D is, undoubtedly, a key prohormone/nutrient which affects the immune response, and has been shown in multiple studies to possess or stimulate anti-viral properties. Assessing vitamin D status and maintaining optimal serum levels should be considered in all but particularly ageing adults and children. Vit D supplementation to achieve normal levels along with micronutrients should be regarded as one of the essential factors which improve health overall and also supports our fight against infectious diseases.
[I recommend a Vitamin D test as I see SO many people who think/have been told their Vitamin D level is OK when it is not. Check here for my Vitamin D factsheet which details what your level should be and how to test/correct it.]
Zinc is known to play a central role in the immune system, and zinc-deficient persons experience increased susceptibility to a variety of pathogens. Zinc is crucial for normal development and function of cells mediating nonspecific immunity such as neutrophils and natural killer cells.
Broadly, zinc exerts its antiviral effect by interfering with four stages of the viral life cycle, which includes loss of infectivity of the virus, inhibition of virus entry into the host, inhibition of viral polypeptide processing, and inhibition of the activity of viral protease and/or virally-encoded RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp).
Ensuring optimal zinc status with zinc supplementation is one contributory factor in strengthening immunity vs viral infections.
[I think zinc lozenges would be a really good idea here – I’ve added an option below in the protocol.]
This trace mineral possesses anti-viral activity, as well as contributing to a reduction in Reactive Oxygen Species and Reactive Nitrogen Species (ROS & NOS). A lack of selenium increases vulnerability to infection from viruses as has been shown by studies across the world in the past decades from Cuba to China.
This probiotic yeast supports secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA), the major immunoglobulin of the innate immune system which protects against infectious agents. It has been very well studied and is one of the most well researched probiotic organisms on earth.
[An excellent suggestion I think: I see people’s SIgA mucosal immunity levels low a LOT. If low, it leaves you more vulnerable to infections (and food sensitivity actually but that’s a whole other story! Check my SIgA factsheet here for more about it, how to test etc.]
Summary Suggested Doses and related products
Vitamin C: 3,000 milligrams (or more) daily, in divided doses.
Selenium:100 mcg (micrograms) daily. [ [You’ll often get this in a multi or 4 brazil nuts should do it.]