IV vitamin C - promising Coronovirus treatment?
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 when using vitamin C capsules.
- 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.
Tip: When buying vitamin C always look for products using Quality-C, which is vitamin C manufactured in Europe not China.