Naturally Defeating Viral Infections
This pandemic has everyone stressed and unsure of what’s next. Many are out of work and the ones who are working are concerned about getting sick themselves and rightfully so. At this time, they are working on vaccines and medications that can aid in keeping people well or getting them well.
I don’t believe in sitting back and hoping everything goes well. The way I deal with these types of situations is to pray and figure out how to keep my immune system strong. I know Vitamin C is crucial but is there more that I can do for my immune system. In my research this week I ran across a couple of articles that advised that researchers in Quebec and Montreal are hopeful that a drug derived from plants could be important in the cure of infections caused by the novel coronavirus. This key supplement is Quercetin. It has already proven to be successful in treating Ebola and Zika viruses and they are now awaiting the approval to send the broad-spectrum anti-viral medicine to China where clinical trials will test it on Covid-19.
I don’t know about you but when I heard this and I know how important supplements are, I am not waiting to see how the trial works out. I already have a bottle of quercetin in my cabinet and I take it when my allergies get worse but now take it daily just in case this works with Covid-19. I already push vitamin C since it is vital to the function of leukocytes also known as white blood cells that fight infections and the overall immune system. I now push both daily until this pandemic end.
Quercetin is a flavonoid and acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants can eliminate free radical molecules believed to be involved in cellular damage as we get older. Quercetin is also a senolytic which means it can get rid of bad cells while helping the old cells.
Fortunately, quercetin happens to be the most common flavonoid in our diet and it’s estimated that the average person eats between ten and one hundred milligrams of it daily. It’s found in many of the plants and foods that we consume such as onions, berries, red wine, green tea, and apples. It’s also found in other supplements that you may already be taking such as ginkgo Biloba, American elderberry, St. John’s wort and many others.
Laboratory studies using Quercetin and Isoquercetin have shown to inhibit a wide variety of viruses such as SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus) which is related to the Covid-19 by the way. The preliminary research shows that quercetin works by preventing viruses from entering the cells and reducing a “viral overload”. It isn’t confirmed whether it is effective in those already infected with the virus but they are testing this as I write this article today.
I began taking it for seasonal allergies and it has been used for those with rheumatoid arthritis as well when using doses ranging from fifty to one thousand milligrams daily. It is important to note that if you are already taking medications you need to check with your doctor since this the supplement can interact negatively with them such as statins like Crestor, Lipitor, Pravachol and many others.
Don’t worry if you don’t have this supplement if you eat foods high in quercetin you are already getting it. Another great vitamin is D. Make sure to get out into the fresh air if possible, just twenty to thirty minutes a day. If you are unable to do so you can also get vitamin D in foods such as milk and dairy products. Vitamin D aids in reducing the risk of respiratory infections and viruses such as Influenza A.
Another important ingredient that aids in anti-inflammatory effects and inhibits certain viruses are Curcumin and Turmeric. Curcumin injections have been shown to protect the lungs from injury and infection including viral-induced acute respiratory distress syndrome with the possible ability to reduce inflammatory cytokines and other mechanisms. This does not mean that Curcumin or Turmeric supplements can prevent or reduce the symptoms of viral infections but in March of 2020, they began exploring the opportunities to use it in patients with Covid-19. We already understand that this ingredient dramatically increases the body’s antioxidant capacity and that is a strong reason to keep it in your daily diet.
In previous articles and podcasts, I gave you a tip with Turmeric and Curcumin. I advised that you could use a saltshaker and fill one third with curcumin, one third with black pepper and one third with garlic and/or onion. Shake it up well and use just as you would salt or pepper. Black pepper is important when using Curcumin or Turmeric because it helps the body absorb these ingredients better. I add garlic or onion just to have the benefits and flavor of these two awesome ingredients as well.
To learn more about these supplements check out the references below.