Could this vitamin change Coronovirus map?
Lots of research, with much success, has been done on the benefits and efficacy of high dose vitamin C in treating many illnesses throughout the years.
To give you a glimpse, in the late 1940s, Dr. F. R. Klenner was able to treat polio, among many other diseases, with high dose intravenous vitamin C, while in the 1960s two-time Nobel prize laureate Dr. Linus Pauling discovered that white blood cells, which are immune cells, need very high doses of vitamin C to function properly. He found that these immune cells need 50 times higher concentration of vitamin C inside the cell than outside. (1)
Vitamin C and COVID-19 in China
While uncertainty is spreading everywhere about the potential to find a coronavirus cure soon enough, it's relieving to learn that many hospitals in China were using mega doses of vitamin C to help treat patients with promising results.
So far there have been three different studies already approved in China on the use of IV vitamin C to help fight the coronavirus. The first approved study included administering between 12,000 and 24,000 milligrams a day of IV vitamin C to patients, depending on the severity of their case.
On February 13, another clinical trial involving IV vitamin C was announced within China. In this study, the plan was to give 6,000 mg per day for moderate cases and 12,000 mg per day for more severe cases.
Yet another research trial on intravenous vitamin C for the treatment or coronavirus was announced on February 21.
The heads of these studies, including Dr. Richard Cheng, MD, PhD, a Chinese-American specialist physician, also noted that they’d like to see studies done on oral vitamin C as well since it can be applied to even more patients and those who are still at home.
On a side note, Dutch company DSM, which is one of the world's biggest producers of vitamin C, tweeted early February that it had sent a 50 tons shipment to Wuhan, the epicenter of China's pandemic.
New York hospitals following on the footsteps of China
Dr Andrew Weber, a Long Island based pulmonologist and critical-care specialist with Northwell Health, said that seriously sick coronavirus patients are immediately given massive doses of the powerful antioxidant three or four times a day based on promising reports that it’s helped people in hard-hit China, reported by New York post.
“The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C,” said Dr. Weber who added that vitamin C levels in coronavirus patients drop dramatically when they suffer sepsis, an inflammatory response that occurs when their bodies overreact to the infection.
To avoid confusion, these are some of the different forms of vitamin C
- Vitamin C capsules. Although, the absorption rate of powder vitamin C is not as high as IV vitamin C, it was still used with great success by doctors such as Dr. Robert Cathcart who advised reaching bowel tolerance (scroll down to learn more about bowel tolerance method).
- IV vitamin C. This form goes directly into the cells, which makes it highly absorbable. The only drawback is that is very expensive and needs to be administered by healthcare professionals.
- Liposomal vitamin C. Liposomes are phospholipid containing microscopic spheres that carry vitamin C at their core. They are similar to the cell membranes, which makes this type of vitamin C as highly absorbable as IV vitamin C.
Dr. Thomas Levy, author of Curing the Incurable, states that 6 grams of liposomal vitamin C is equivalent to 50 grams IV vitamin C.
Dr. Robert Cathcart's bowel tolerance method
Bowel tolerance is basically having patients take a high vitamin C dose, divided on a 2 hour span throughout the day, until they reach a stage where they start experiencing loose stools. As soon as they reach bowel tolerance, they would start lowering the dose.
To give you an insight, a person would start by taking 2 or 3 grams of vitamin C every 2 hours (I know that's an insanely high amount of vitamin C, but these high doses have worked for many) until they reach a point where they start experiencing loose stool. At this point, they calculate how many grams had taken them to reach this stage then deduct 15 to 20% of the dose. They then keep on taking the new dose until they experience loose stool again and do the same, which is reduce the dose by another 15 to 20%.
If someone experienced loose stool after taking 30 grams of vitamin C, then they should take off between 4.5 to 6 grams from the dose and start taking between 25.5 grams and 24 grams a day. When this dose begins to have them experience loose stool, they take another 15 to 20% off.
The bottom line is, the healthier the person the lower the dose of vitamin C he/she will tolerate and vice versa.
Tip: When buying vitamin C always look for products using Quali-C, which is a non-GMO vitamin C manufactured in Europe not China.
How to naturally strengthen your immune system
Naturally strengthening your and your family's immune system has never been more important than now. These are a few things that you can do:
- Quit sugar or at least reduce its consumption as much as possible. Sugar has been scientifically proven to deplete your body's reserves of vitamin C.
- Increase your intake of vitamin C foods such as guava, kiwi, broccoli, spinach, strawberry and oranges, and supplement whenever possible. Vitamin C can help ease the inflammatory burden on your body and help you immune cells to function properly.
- Check your omega 6 to omega 3 ratio. If unbalanced, take a good quality fish oil. The ratio between omega 6 to omega 3 in your body shouldn't exceed 4:1, however, it's normal to see people having a ratio of 25:1 nowadays, thanks to adopting a modern diet that includes high amounts of omega 6, which are pro-inflammatory.
As Dr. Dan Murphy says, "If you don’t know what the ratio is, you don’t know anything about your health and physiology."
- Test your level of vitamin D and make sure you have an optimal amount. The Vitamin D Council recommends maintaining a healthy level between 40 ng/ml to 80 ng/ml.
- Make sure your zinc levels are sufficient. If you ever decide to supplement zinc, don't forget to pair it with a copper supplement (high amounts of zinc in your body will deplete your copper). Consult your physician.
- Nurture the good bacteria inside your gut, they make up around 70% of your immune system. Avoid taking or using anything that kills them such as antibiotics and anti-bacterials. Increase your intake of fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut and kefir and/or take a good probiotics brand.
- Take cow colostrum. Research shows that colostrum is 3 times more effective at preventing flu than a flu shot.
What do you think? Could vitamin C have the potential to change the coronavirus map around the world?