1. Recent peer-reviewed studies support the effectiveness of specific key nutrients for the treatment and prevention of COVID.
2. Vitamins D, C, & A, Zinc, Glutathione/NAC, L-Arginine, and Quercetin are essential for optimizing an effective immune response to infections.
3. Nutrient therapy is safe and effective as well as inexpensive compared to current medical costs for most treatments.
Did your governor play upon the fear of the unknown with respect to COVID?
Did they tell you that treatments don’t exist despite the hundreds of millions of recoveries worldwide and more than 691 international peer-reviewed studies proving otherwise?
Since June of 2020, the Energetic Health Institute has been attempting to collaborate with state and county health departments to advocate for the issuance of evidence-based nutritional guidance to all citizens. Why governors have elected to ignore the scientific literature is deeply concerning when the evidence supports the existence of very safe and remarkably effective treatments. Since, the FDA will not allow us to say that treatments exist, we will provide you a glimpse of the evidence and let you decide for yourself.
Have the weekly, sometimes DAILY, briefings from state and local government officials regarding COVID-19 left you feeling exhausted, stressed and…confused? Yeah, us too. Somehow, they’ve found a way to say a lot without really saying anything at all, leaving citizens like you and I with no real answers on what we can do to keep ourselves and our families healthy.
Well, we at the Energetic Health Institute, have done the research and are here to give you the answers they haven’t. It’s seven simple nutrients and zero confusion.
The FDA may not acknowledge the effectiveness of these nutrients as treatments or preventive measures, but the research does. We’ll present the information and let you decide for yourself.
B cells, T cells, and antigen presenting cells are major players in immune function and have special receptors for vitamin D, which helps regulate both innate (non-specific) and adaptive immune (specific) responses. Deficiency of vitamin D is associated with compromised immune function and higher risk of infection. Respiratory tract infections such as tuberculosis and influenza are highly associated with vitamin D deficiency. (1)
A meta-analysis published by The British Medical Journal (BMJ) concluded that vitamin D is safe and effective in protecting against respiratory tract infections. Vitamin D can induce cathelicidins and defensins. Cathelicidins and defensins are antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) that provide protection against viruses and other microorganisms. In respiratory conditions we have inflammation which leads to injury of the lung tissue. Cathelicidins and defensins reduce inflammation and promote tissue repair improving respiratory track conditions. (2)
Many studies were and are still being conducted to investigate the effects of vitamin D in the prevention and treatment of COVID. An article published by The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that vitamin D deficiency was found in 82.2 % of COVID cases and that blood levels of vitamin D were lower in hospitalized patients compared to those that did not need hospitalization. (3) (4) (5)
Vitamin C also plays a role in both innate and adaptive immune responses. It helps increase the production and effectiveness of B cells, which produce the antibodies that fight infections. Vitamin C also enhances T cells activity, which can kill infections. Therefore, vitamin C deficiency leads to an increased susceptibility to infections and ineffective immune response. (6)
Vitamin C is essential and because it is a water-soluble vitamin, it must be replenished daily to prevent deficiencies. Deficiencies of vitamin C can lead to severe illnesses and even death. (7)
The preliminary research on vitamin C with respect to prevention and treatment of COVID is in progress and the early returns are exciting. In fact, several studies report vitamin C shortens ICU stay and duration of mechanical ventilation necessary in critically ill patients. (8) (9)
A recent study suggests the role of vitamin C deficiency on COVID, where vitamin C levels were undetectable in 90% of the 18 patients included. Another study measured vitamin C and D levels in 21 people with critical COVID illness and they found most critically ill patients had low vitamin C and D levels. (10) (11)
In another study from March of 2020, intravenous vitamin C was given to 50 moderate to severe COVID patients. All 50 patients recovered without incident and on average 3 to 5 days faster than the standard of care control group which also reported several deaths. The average daily cost of treatment was only $12.00 to $24.00 US. (12)
Dr. Cheng, who led the research team, reported his findings on YouTube for the world to see, but within a month the video was censored and removed for violating YouTube community guidelines regarding COVID treatment. Yes, a licensed doctor, working in the Wuhan epicenter, who developed a safe and very effective treatment protocol, was censored during a global health crisis.
Vitamin A performs a variety of tasks in our immune system. This fat-soluble vitamin is needed for health of all mucus membranes such as sinuses, mouth, lungs, and the digestive tract. Vitamin A also plays an important role in the production and functioning of certain immune cells such as macrophages and neutrophils, which act as a first line of defense and dendritic cells, which help the immune system recognize and fight specific antigens. Vitamin A also enhances secretory IgA protecting against pathogens. (13)
Deficiency of vitamin A impairs the repair of mucus membranes increasing the risk and severity of infections. The deficiency of this nutrient also lowers the function of the previously mentioned immune cells decreasing their ability to fight of pathogens and provide protection. (14)
Vitamin A is essential for proper immune function. Deficiency in vitamin A and or any of the key nutrients will result in lower or compromised immune function and increase the risk of infection.
A report published by BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health concludes there is strong evidence that intake of vitamins A, E, and D results in the improvement of respiratory symptoms. (15)
Zinc, like the aforementioned nutrients, participates in a variety of functions essential for Energetic Health. These functions include DNA and protein synthesis, macronutrient metabolism, wound healing, enzyme function, and immune function. This micronutrient is responsible for the growth and maturity of numerous immune cells that protect against infections.
Deficiency of zinc can lead to serious dysfunctions of the immune system because zinc can also act as an antioxidant. Zinc is essential for the activity of a series of enzymes instrumental to rapid immune response for the clearance of opportunistic pathogens. (16) (17)
Research has proven that zinc accelerates recovery time during the common cold which can be cause by a variety of coronaviruses. (18)
Quercetin is a potent antioxidant with the ability to improve memory and help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. Quercetin is used to reduce symptoms of allergies, to improve cardiovascular health, to improve blood sugar regulation, reduce inflammation, and some studies suggests its cancer fighting properties.
Quercetin is a zinc ionophore that help both the absorption of zinc into the body as well as the absorption of zinc into cells dependent upon it for enzyme production. Additionally, as a potent antioxidant, Quercetin is an equally potent anti-bacterial and antiviral nutrient that is particularly essential for respiratory and cardiovascular infections.
Although more research is necessary for specific information about quercetin and COVID, there is strong evidence showing the potential benefits of this nutrient. Quercetin is recommended to be supplemented in combination with vitamin C for better absorption and improved synergistic function. (19) (20) (21)
L-arginine is an amino acid which helps build protein in the body and it has been studied for its effects enhancing cardiovascular health, its antioxidant properties, and immune boosting benefits.
One of the main arguments for L-arginine’s therapeutic effects focused on its ability to convert to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a naturally occurring compound which plays a role in the health of blood vessels improving blood flow. Nitric oxide improves the symptoms of conditions such as asthma and it is used as a medical intervention for acute lung infection.
Nitric oxide is being suggested by researchers as another treatment for COVID based on previously done studies which reported success in helping during the coronavirus virus epidemic of 2003. Researchers also mention the anti-viral effects of nitric oxide could be beneficial in helping treat COVID. (22) (23) (24)
Glutathione is a master antioxidant manufactured by the human body. It is essential for the detoxification of toxic chemicals, it helps recycle key nutrients, it protects against free radical damage, and it also participates in supporting immune function. Deficiencies of glutathione place individuals at risk for bioaccumulation of chemicals, which increases oxidative stress and inflammation while simultaneously lowering immune function.
One precursor that can be taken to boost glutathione levels in the body is N-Acetylcysteine (NAC). NAC, like L-arginine can increase nitric oxide levels improving blood flow. NAC is used to help treat different conditions including respiratory conditions as it helps thin out mucus and it has anti-inflammatory properties.
NAC is currently being explored by and used effectively in the treatment of COVID although the exact mechanism of action is still being evaluated. Researchers suggest it may significantly improve immune cell function and reduce inflammation which could result in lower hospitalization and death rates. (25) (26) (27) (28) (29)
Do safe and effective treatments for COVID exist? While the scientific evidence appears to say ‘yes’ in overwhelming ways, you will have to decide for yourself as we are legally prevented from making such claims. Regardless of source of infection, these 7 amazing nutrients have been kept in the shadows for far too long. According to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, they are essential for a robust natural immune response to any infection. And relative to the high cost of hospitalization, high cost antivirals, and supportive oxygen therapy, these nutrients are low cost. Why we haven’t been using them since early 2020 is perhaps the best question we can ask of our governors and public health officials.
Jiovanna Acosta is a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist and graduate of the Energetic Health Institute. She is passionate about education and exploring new scientific discoveries. She also loves to dance every chance she gets. Her background in special education has inspired her to focus her work on children, providing personalized education and developmental tools for their wellbeing and future success.
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