Support Your Immune System with Vitamin C
Let’s look at what you can do to support your immune system during the coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19, or the coronavirus as it is often referred to, has taken over the headlines in news, sports, entertainment and everywhere else. It is a new strain of the coronavirus family that started in China and has spread throughout the world. Because it is a new strain, we do not have a vaccine or specific medications to treat it. Therefore, it is imperative that we try to prevent contracting the virus to keep ourselves safe.
What can you do?
The government has instituted several measures, such as travel bans and banning large gatherings of people, to help with that. They also recommend common sense measures that help protect against all viruses and bacteria, things like hand washing and cleaning commonly used surfaces.However, you can also help fortify your body by boosting your immune system to help fight off the virus if exposed. Eating a balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and getting eight hours of sleep every night helps with that. There are also a number of nutritional supplements that can help boost the immune system. There is one that is safe, inexpensive, easy to get and very effective when it comes to helping the immune system fight off infection – Vitamin C.
Vitamin C Helps Support Your Immune System
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that the body utilizes in collagen synthesis, protein metabolism and wound healing. It also serves as a very potent antioxidant, which is how it helps boost the immune system.
Vitamin C has been used for over 75 years to treat various diseases and illnesses. One of the most common uses is to prevent or treat viral infections, such as the common cold. Studies have shown that Vitamin C doses in the 2 grams/day range can help decrease the severity and duration of symptoms of, and possibly prevent, the common cold. In addition, there are current ongoing studies looking at higher dose Vitamin C (6g-24g) in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19.
Vitamin C is a safe, well known antioxidant that can help boost the immune system to fight off viral infections as we face the growing uncertainty of COVID-19 and the continued threat of the common cold and flu. Daily supplementation of at least 2 grams can help maintain the immune system at its current levels. Higher doses in the range of 10-15g can also help increase the effectiveness of the immune system, but need to be done through IV infusion to avoid the common side effects of higher doses of oral Vitamin C, such as upset stomach and diarrhea.
IV Infusion Therapy Immune Support
A regimen consisting of an IV infusion of 10g of Vitamin C to help kickstart the immune system followed by daily oral supplementation of 2g in the morning and 2g at night can serve as a prophylactic treatment to help prevent infection from any viral illnesses.
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If symptoms of an illness such as a sore throat or runny nose do begin, adding a few 1g doses every few hours during the day may help reduce the severity and duration of the illness. If upset stomach or diarrhea occur, decrease the dose and frequency of the oral Vitamin C. As always, consult with your physician to make sure the Vitamin C will not interfere with any other medications or treatments you are undergoing.
For updated information about the COVID-19 virus visit the CDC coronavirus website HERE.
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