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I am hoping that sharing this information will bring hope, and make you feel empowered.  This is a difficult time of uncertainty and stress for every-one. Some people may have had the COVID-19 infection and recovered well, some may now have other secondary ailments since the infection. Some people have lost loved ones and I offer my sincere sympathy to you and your family.

Now that we know a little more about the virus and how it affects the body there are things we can do to improve our health and well-being.

So what is science saying?

A report from the Integrative Medicine Clinician’s Journal in 2020 discussed phased approaches during prevention, infection, escalating infection, and recovery.

  • During prevention, the focus to be on optimal immune surveillance and efficacy and reduce baseline inflammation.
  • During infection, the focus to move to immune activity against the infection.
  • During infection escalating, the focus to be on an anti-inflammatory approach.
  • During recovery, the focus to be on resolving inflammation and inhibiting tissue damage.

Dr. Yanuck et al report on specific nutrients and lifestyle habits that can support the body during these phased approaches.

These include Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Melatonin, Fish Oils, Glutathione, N-acetyl Cysteine (NAC), Echinacea, Goldenseal, Curcuma, Bromelain, Resveratrol, Sulforaphane, Boswellia, Berberine, Astragalus, Reishi Mushrooms, Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

  • Zinc – Support T lymphocyte activation, IgG production, and macrophage function.
  • Selenium – antioxidant properties, supports T-helper cells.
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae – antioxidant properties, support IgA and NK cell activity.
  • Echinacea – support white blood cells.
  • Broccoli seed extract – antioxidant properties, support Nk cells and B cell formation, support phase liver detoxification.
  • Green tea – antioxidant properties, support T-reg and NK cells, support microbial diversity.
  • Pomegranate- antioxidant properties, support microbial diversity and mitophagy.
  • Cranberry extract – antioxidant properties, supports microbial diversity.
  • Boswellia – antioxidant properties, support T-reg cells.
  • Quercetin – support Nk cell activity and lymphocytes.
  •  NAC – support glutathione synthesis and phagocytosis (clean-up).

 

Avoid sugar, alcohol and processed foods, get enough sleep, and try your best not to stress.

Another report from Professor Marik of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the Eastern Virginia Medical School stated that there are 4 stages of the COVID-19 viral infection. 2

  1. Incubation – day 1-5
  2. Symptomatic – day 5-11
  3. Early Pulmonary phase – day 11-14
  4. Late Pulmonary phase – day 14-28

 

He explains that the viral replication is reduced from approximately day 5 to11, but that the viral debris is at its highest point from day 11 to14 which may cause immune dysregulation and may cause a cytokine storm in some individuals from day 14 to day 28. The focus here is on an antiviral approach from day 1 to 11 and an anti-inflammatory approach from day 11 to 28.

 

With these reports in mind, here is a list of nutritional supplements that may help support the body during prevention, infection, escalating inflammation, and recovery.

 

Prevention Infection Escalating Inflammation Recovery
Foundation Vitamin D 5000iu

Vitamin A 5000iu

Vitamin C 1000mg  x2

Zinc 20mg x 2

Quercetin 250mg x 2

Melatonin 1-3mg

Omega3  1000mg x2

Probiotics – alternate days

Vitamin D 5000iu

Vitamin A 10 0000iu

Vitamin C 2000mg  x 3

Zinc 20mg x 5

Quercetin 250mg x2

Melatonin 1-3mg

Omega3  2000mg x 2

Probiotics daily

Vitamin D 5000iu

Vitamin A 10 0000iu

Vitamin C 2000mg  x 3

Zinc 20mg x 5

Quercetin 250mg x2

Melatonin 1-3mg

Omega3  2000mg x 2

Probiotics daily

 

Vitamin D 5000iu

Vitamin A 10 0000iu

Vitamin C 2000mg  x 3

Zinc 20mg x 5

Quercetin 250mg x2

Melatonin 1-3mg

Omega3  2000mg x 2

Probiotics daily

Antioxidant support N- Acetyl Cystine NAC 500mg NAC 500mg x 2 NAC 500mg x4

 

NAC 500mg x4

 

Support Natural Killer (NK) cells Saccharomyces cerevisiae Echinacea 500mg

Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Anti-inflammatory support Curcumin 500mg

 

Curcumin 500mg

 

Curcumin 1000mg x4

Bromelain 600-2400mg

 

Curcumin 1000mgx4

Bromelain 600-2400mg

 

* During infection use a pulse oximeter to check oxygen levels. The reading needs to be above 94% saturation. Sit upright during this. Check with your doctor for oral cortisone medication and further blood tests.

 

Nutritional support for Children

2-4 years 4-12 years
Foundation Vitamin D 400iu

Vitamin C 250mg

Zinc 5-20mg

Omega3  500mg

Probiotic

Multi-nutrient supplement

Vitamin D 600iu

Vitamin C 500-1000mg

Zinc 10-20mg

Omega3  1000-2000mg

Probiotic

Multi-nutrient supplement

 

 

Food Source of Key Nutrients

  • Vitamin A –  liver, yellow-orange vegetables.
  • Vitamin B’s –  whole grains.
  • Vitamin C – citrus fruits, red peppers, kiwifruit, Brussel sprouts.
  • Vitamin D – mushrooms, fish, Cod liver oil, egg yolks, green leafy vegetables.
  • Zinc– pumpkin seeds, nuts, and seeds, whole grains.
  • Omega 3 – Oily fish and flaxseeds.
  • Curcumin – Turmeric.
 Additional Lifestyle Habits
  • Sleep – healthy sleeping patterns are anti-inflammatory and promote an appropriate immune response.
  • Stress – suppresses immune function. Magnesium, vitamin B complex, and Ashwagandha can help to support adrenals.
  • Blood sugar control – Low Glycemic Loads with protein for meals and snacks will help reduce inflammation.
  • Dietary factors – eat whole plant-based foods and reduce processed and high sugar snacks.

 

Sources:

  1. Marik, Paul. (2020) EVMS Covid -19 management protocol. EVMS. Available online at https://www.evms.edu/media/evms_public/departments/internal_medicine/EVMS_Critical_Care_COVID-19_Protocol.pdf. https://covid19criticalcare.com
  2. Yanuck, S.F., Pizzorno, J., Messier, H., Fitzgerald, K.N. (2020). Evidence Supporting a Phased Immunophysiological Approach to COVID-19 From Prevention Through Recovery. Integrative Medicine Clinician’s Journal. Vol. 19 (1), 8. Retrieved from http://imjournal.com/oa/evidence_supporting-a_phased_immunophysiological_approach_to_covid 19_from_prevention_through_recovery/
  3. Zang et al.,(2021). Pilot trial of high-dose vitamin C in critically ill COVID-19 patients. Annuals of intensive care. Available online at: https://annalsofintensivecare.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s13613-020- 00792-3
  4. Murray., M. (2020). Quercetin nature’s magic bullet. Available online at: (https://doctormurray.com/isquercetin- natures-magic-bullet-against-covid-19/

 

DISCLAIMER

This advice is for information purposes only and should not be viewed as a medical consultation. Before starting any of the supplements mentioned in this protocol, please have a thorough discussion with your doctor taking your child’s age, body weight, and potential pre-existing conditions into account. Nothing mentioned in this article is intended to treat or cure. Always check with your healthcare practitioner before starting anything new, especially if have the risk factors associated with COVID-19.