Have you ever forgotten to wash your hands before eating a finger-food during flu season? Or accidentally been sneezed on at work? Or shaken hands with someone then learned that their entire household is infected with some kind of germ? If you’ve followed any of these events by frantically downing extra Vitamin C or other vitamins to boost your immunity, you’re not alone.
Especially now during the coronavirus outbreak, an immune system boost is a great idea. In this blog, we’re going to examine the claim that Vitamin C is a coronavirus treatment and what supplements like Vitamin C, Zinc, and Vitamin B complex can actually accomplish for your immune system (and why you should be taking them!)
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Vitamin C: Coronavirus Treatment?
Some New York hospitals are treating coronavirus patients with large doses of intravenous Vitamin C infusions – along with other drugs. No clinical evidence suggests that Vitamin C infusions (or other forms of Vitamin C) will prevent, cure, or treat COVID-19. And rumors supporting this claim have been debunked. So why bother with Vitamin C?
Vitamin C can aid the body’s healing process and help support cells that affect immunity. Vitamin C helps protect cells against free radicals like those found in cigarette smoke, air pollution, and other places. Other studies point to Vitamin C reducing the amount of time the common cold infects a body – typically by about 1 day in adults and children.
And, researchers have begun examining more deeply Vitamin C’s effect on COVID-19. Scientists at Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan, China, have begun a clinical trial, but don’t have any results yet.
Even if Vitamin C isn’t proven to be a “cure” for COVID-19, being the healthiest individuals we can be is still a good idea – especially during a virus outbreak.
How Much Vitamin C to Boost Immune Systems?
While no formal research supports Vitamin C as either a cure for the common cold or COVID-19, both research and anecdotal evidence support Vitamin C’s role in boosting the immune system. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin which means it doesn’t get stored in our fat. The highest dose of Vitamin C is 2000mg though most supplements range between 250mg and 1000mg.
Which Other Vitamins to Boost Immune Systems?
Many vitamins affect the health of our immune systems! Vitamin C is the most widely known, but Zinc and the Vitamin B complex also support immune systems.
Zinc is a mineral needed for immune cell development as well as our bodies’ inflammatory response. Like Vitamin C, Zinc has not been proven to treat or cure any disease, virus, or infection. But, it has been demonstrated to reduce the duration of respiratory infections. Other research points to its ability to prevent respiratory infections.
It’s unsurprising that many people find taking Zinc beneficial since about 2 billion people worldwide have a Zinc deficiency – especially older adults.
The Vitamin B complex is another immune system boosting set of vitamins. These too are integral to a healthy immune response in our bodies. And like Zinc, many adults are deficient in them.
Again, neither Vitamin C, Zinc, or the Vitamin B complex have been proven to prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19. But now does seem to be a good time to be the healthiest humans we can be.
Immunity Boost at Virginia Infusion Therapies
At Virginia Infusion Therapies in Leesburg, Va., we believe that vitamin infusions are one of the best ways to give your body the extra nutrients it needs. And especially as we battle the COVID-19 outbreak, we want to help you have the healthiest immune system possible! Schedule an Immunity Boost vitamin infusion today, so you can be the healthiest version of you.