Supplements to help fight Corona?
- Created on Wednesday, 01 April 2020 18:38
Some people have asked me about what supplements to take to help increase your resistance to Covid-19, should they be exposed to it. Let me start by sharing this article with you from Global Research, by a medical scientist who admits that the pcr test is not identifying Covid 19 but probably any Corona virus, which is why so many people who are asymptomatic are testing positive.
And that would mean that the people who seem to have mild colds really do just have mild colds.
But, there are some seriously sick people, and some of them have died (although not all the deaths attributed to Covid-19 were really caused by it).
But, in any case, what can you take specifically, to boost your immune system? Should you be taking 10,000 or 20,000 mgs of Vitamin C?
Well, I wouldn’t do that, not if you are feeling well. Because if you start doing it, then your body will adjust to it, and then if you really get sick, it won’t make any difference. It’s better to hold that in abeyance- in case you need it. Day in and Day out, I think if you get 1000 mgs of Vitamin C a day, it’s plenty. And I’ll assume that you’re getting half of that from your diet from eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Therefore, 500 mgs of supplemental Vitamin C is all I recommend on a regular basis, even now.
But, I would and do take 5000 IUs of Vitamin D3, and partly for its immune-boosting effect. In general, I think it’s more important to take Vitamin D than Vitamin C. I take some of both, but if I couldn’t get an Vitamin C, I could at least try to hone my diet to get more, but I really can’t do that for Vitamin D.
What about zinc? Yes, zinc is important to immunity, but you can’t just load up on zinc. Minerals occur in balance, and if you just start throwing in the zinc, you could throw off your copper balance. I think that getting some supplemental zinc is a good idea because a lot of the zinc in plants is bound to phytates and oxalates. There’s a lot there, but it’s hard to absorb. So, I am entirely in favor of getting some extra zinc coverage from supplements, particularly if you eat a lot of plants. I think it’s perfectly safe to take up to 30 mgs a say, which is twice the RDA, but I wouldn’t go higher than that, even now.
An interesting new area of research concerning immunity is mushrooms. It’s been found that they contain “immune-modulating” substances that improve the responsiveness of the immune system. Note that the common “button mushrooms” that are widely available and grown in caves in West Virginia are practically useless that way. They just don’t have what it takes. The Reishi mushroom, and the Japanese mushrooms, in general, are what you need. And you could start taking a Reishi mushroom supplement.
Green tea is immune-enhancing, due to its EGL, L-theanine, and other things. You could just drink green tea, but it does contain some caffeine, and I’m not keen on that. But, I learned a trick from Dr. Andrew Weil, which is that if you steep a green tea bag, and then throw away the first steeping, then, when you steep it a second time with the same bag, it is practically decaffeinated. 90% of the caffeine comes out in the first steeping. But otherwise, a decaffeinated green tea supplement is an option.
Then, there are things like oregano extract, olive leaf extract, and grapefruit seed extract. They all have some research behind them, but obviously, you can’t take everything.
But, here’s an area of immune-boosting that I think is really worth doing and moving to the front of the list: anti-aging hormones. I take 25 mgs DHEA every morning, and DHEA is very immune-supportive. Like cortisol, it is an adrenal hormone, but unlike cortisol, which weakens the immune response, DHEA strengthens it. So, certainly if you are 40 or older, I would highly recommend that you take DHEA. But, if you start taking it, you should monitor your blood level, just as they do with other hormones, such as thyroid. I test my DHEA once a year, and you should do the same if you start taking it.
And then note that melatonin is also very immune-boosting, and I take 3 mgs melatonin every night.
But, otherwise, eating a healthy and mostly , if not totally, plant-based diet of whole natural foods is very important, as are getting sufficient rest, exercise and sunlight. I hope you found this helpful.