COVID-19: Old Remedy Offers New Hope

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COVID-19: Old Remedy Offers New Hope

(WellnessPursuits.com) – In an effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, several medical trials and experiments are taking place. One such trial began on February 14 in Wuhan, China using massive doses of Vitamin C.

In an attempt to mirror the positive results that China has experienced, according to the New York Post, “…seriously sick coronavirus patients in New York state’s largest hospital system are being given massive doses of vitamin C — based on promising reports that it’s helped people in hard-hit China.”

The Vitamin C Experiment

Knowing that several hospitals in New York are currently administering large quantities of vitamin C intravenously to their most critical patients gives hope to many. While we don’t know how many patients are currently receiving the antioxidant, we do know that medical professionals believe that giving large IV doses of vitamin C is generally safe for critical illnesses.

Though there have been promising reports out of China and New York, as of yet, there is no hard clinical evidence that vitamin C therapy alone treats COVID-19 specifically.

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It is known, however, that according to the NIH, Vitamin C:

“is also an important physiological antioxidant [3] and has been shown to regenerate other antioxidants within the body, including alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) [4].

Ongoing research is examining whether vitamin C, by limiting the damaging effects of free radicals through its antioxidant activity, might help prevent or delay the development of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, and other diseases in which oxidative stress plays a causal role.

In addition to its biosynthetic and antioxidant functions, vitamin C plays an important role in immune function [4] and improves the absorption of nonheme iron [5], the form of iron present in plant-based foods.”

How Much Vitamin C is Enough?

The NIH recommended daily dose of vitamin C is 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women. This is the minimum dose necessary to prevent scurvy. Looking to Vitamin C as a boost to the immune system, however, in it’s role as a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C supplement manufacturers generally offer it in 250 – 1000 mg size capsules.

Vitamin C is water soluble so it won’t build up in the body, but caution should be exercised when taking quantities larger than the NIH recommends. In large quantities, vitamin C can cause diarrhea, nausea and stomach cramps.

As with any supplement that you add to your diet, if you want to take extra, larger doses of Vitamin C than the NIH recommends, check with your doctor to make sure it won’t interfere with either your medications or your specific health conditions.

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Stay safe out there!

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