The Best way to fight Corona or Covid-19 is to avoid getting infected and optimize your Immunity.
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Boost Immunity to fight Corona
Vit D: It supports the production of antimicrobial peptides in the respiratory epithelium and helps to reduce the inflammatory response to infection with SARS-CoV-2.
Majority of us are deficient in Vit D. Vit D levels should be Checked and normalized aggressively following which maintenance dose is 60,000 IU or one sachet every week.
Vit K: Covid-19 causes blood clotting and leads to the degradation of elastic fibers in the lungs. vitamin K is good for our blood vessels, bones and probably also for the
It is in spinach, broccoli, green vegetables, blueberries, all types of fruit and vegetables. It is in Dutch cheese and Japanese fermented soya.
The recommended dose is 120 micrograms for adult males and 90 micrograms for adult females.
Vit C: It is important for body’s immunity both innate and adaptive; It helps WBCs to function and reach the site of infection; it stabilizes the linings of the oral cavity, oropharynx and respiratory mucosa making it difficult for the virus to enter our body and it is a potent antioxidant.
A prominent researcher on Vitamin C; Dr. Carr recommends increasing the daily intake of Vit C to 2 g/d for an average adult. The liposomal form of Vitamin C has better bioavailability. The recommended prophylactic dose should be increased to 3 – 4g/d in elderly, smokers, diabetics, immune-compromised, people who get frequent colds, provided Kidney function tests are normal.
In the case of symptomatic patients, Vitamin C should be given as IV doses. There are multiple clinical trials going on across the world recommending high doses such as 24g IV vitamin C for symptomatic COVID positive patients.
Zn: Zn possesses antiviral activity through inhibition of SARS-CoV RNA polymerase. It decreases the activity of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), known to be the receptor for SARS-CoV-2. It up-regulates interferon α production and increasing its antiviral activity. It possesses anti-inflammatory activity by inhibiting NF-κB signaling and modulation of regulatory T-cell functions that may limit the cytokine storm in COVID-19. It reduces the risk of bacterial co-infection by improving mucociliary clearance and barrier function of the respiratory epithelium. reduce the risk of bacterial co-infection by improving mucociliary clearance and barrier function of the respiratory epithelium. The daily dose required up to 75 g/d
Se: Selenium is another important element in protecting our body against viruses. The present research has found patients from Selenium rich areas have done 5 times better than those from Selenium deficient regions. Fish, meat, and cereals are good sources. The average daily dose should be 100 mcg/d, it should not exceed 400 mcg
Curcumin(Haldi): curcumin acts by inhibiting the entry of virus to the cell, inhibiting encapsulation of the virus and viral protease as well as modulating various cellular signaling pathways. Most Active is Nano Curcumin tablets
Cloves & Black Pepper8: According to a study published in the journal of Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, black peppercorn has antioxidant, antimicrobial, and gastroprotective properties that help in building up the immunity–especially when it comes to our throat. Clove also seems to have similar properties as suggested by a study published in the Journal of Immunotoxicology which claims that consuming whole cloves can help boost the immune system. Plus, the spice has benefits for your oral
Ginger: Anti-inflammatory changes
Cinnamon: Anti Inflammatory and Antioxidants
Garlic: Immunoboosting and active against respiratory infections
Oregano: This herb has antibiotic and antiviral properties especially active against lung infection
Peppermint: Improves breathing relaxes bronchial muscles
Neem: It is also Immuno booster
Vitamin A and Omega 3 fatty acids: They play a role in increasing the immunity and stabilizing
Probiotics in form sachets or capsules e.g. sporolac, darolac, etc plus supplements like Yakult, Curd are necessary for gut flora and play a role in preventing COVID diarrhea and protecting the gut mucosa
Ancient Yoga practices of Jalneti and Kapalbhati builds up the immunity and present a strong line of defense against virus
Based on the above information I recommend
Get baseline CBC, KFT, LFT. Optimize accordingly, e.g. if anemic then correct it.
Lipid Profile, RBS, and HB1AC for diabetics, elderly, and hypertensives so that timely corrective measures can be taken.
Any specific ailments like arthritis, cancer, etc seek specialist opinion.
Baseline Vit D levels to optimize it if needed
Se G6PD should be assessed so that if needed IV Vitamin C as an option can be considered.
Stop or limit habits like smoking
Prescription for Pharmacological Immunoboosting
Vitamin C tablet if 500g x 4 times a day or two sachets of Liposomal formulation(total dose of 2g/d for an average adult with normal KFT)
Vitamin D one sachet of 60,000 IU every week if levels are normal
Vitamin K 100mcg OD or it can be supplemented by diet
Zinc in form of Zn + Vitamin B Complex in form of Zincovit or Zevit, etc once daily + Tb Zinconia(Zn only ) 50 mg once daily
Selenium Tablet 100mg once daily
Curcumin tablet (nano curcumin formulation is preferable) once or twice daily
Vitamin A in form of Cap Aqusol A thrice-weekly or if Cod Liver oil capsule once daily
Probiotics like Yakult or sachets like Darolac/ Vizylac/ Sporolac, etc
Add cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, neem, oregano, and peppermint to the daily diet.
Authored by: Dr. Mandeep S Malhotra
Consultant Oncologist Fortis Hospital
World J Crit Care Med 2017 Feb 4; 6(1) :85-90