By Dr. Angelique Hart, M.D.
While we are still waiting for that much promised “perfectly SAFE and EFFECTIVE” vaccine, I would like to present you with more immediately available defense tactics distilled from clinically proven and evidence-based information: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/Newsletter/NewsLetter-Archive.aspx, and https://covid19criticalcare.com/medical-evidence/ )
Here are my top five favorite “body boosters”:
1. Vitamin D: the “Sunshine Vitamin”.
Vitamin D is actually a hormone our kidneys produce that controls blood calcium concentration and impacts the immune system. Recent research is showing that low levels of vitamin D3 may be associated with increased risk of some cancers (especially colon cancer), infections, type 2 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of neurocognitive dysfunction. There is increasing evidence that Vitamin D deficiency is related to a higher chance of having a more severe course of the current pandemic virus disease (C-19).
The great majority of C-19 ICU patients are found to be Vitamin D deficient. Optimal levels are now recommended to be in between 60-80 ng/ml. I recommend taking vitamin D3 with k2 and magnesium for an optimal effect, and to always get a baseline blood test with follow up to make sure that target levels are reached safely. Most of my patients take in between 5000-10,000 IU of k2D3 5x/week with resulting blood levels in the range of 50-100 ng/ml. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/07/04/coronavirus-prevention-vitamin-d.aspx
2. Vitamin C: the “Linus Pauling favorite”.
Vitamin C or ‘Ascorbic Acid’ is a critically crucial vitamin necessary for the correct functioning of the immune system that humans are unable to produce for themselves. Fruits and vegetables provide us with some Vitamin C, however because of the onslaught of viruses, other illnesses, toxins, and stressors, we need to take much higher doses to help us cope. Vitamin C can be taken orally (liposomal C preferred), added to coffee enemas for quick absorption of high dose C (I have not seen any problems using 12-14 grams), and of course the fast immune-boosting high dose IV vitamin C given with Myers Cocktails. In our clinic, we usually add 20 grams of vitamin C to the IV mix and well over 25 grams for cancer patients that need vitamin support. There are many recent articles showing benefit from IV vitamin C for ICU patients with sepsis. Daily maintenance dose varies depending on your underlying health status. It is generally recommended to take at least 1500 mg to 4000 mg daily in divided doses and to titrate to bowel tolerance when facing infections/severe fatigue/cancer.
3. Quercetin with Zinc: the “antiviral power team”
Research implies that quercetin supplementation can promote antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and immune-protective effects. Quercetin has the ability to either block virus entry or inhibit viral replication enzymes.
Quercetin’s antioxidant activity can also be potentiated by vitamin C. Suggested dosing is 250mg to 500 mg twice daily. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fimmu.2020.01451/full
Excerpt from: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/04/20/zinc-dosage-for-immune-system.aspx “Zinc is one nutrient that plays a very important role in C-19 pandemic.”
Zinc is vital for healthy immune function and a combination of zinc with a zinc ionophore (zinc transport molecule) was (in 2010) shown to block viral replication of SARS coronavirus in cell culture within minutes. Zinc alone is incapable of fully stopping viral replication as it cannot easily enter through the fatty wall of a cell. Getting all the way into the cell is crucial, as this is where the viral replication occurs. The antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine appears to work against C-19 by improving zinc uptake into cells. Natural zinc ionophores that improve zinc absorption include quercetin.” For information about proper supplementation of zinc: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/04/29/are-you-getting-enough-zinc.aspx. I suggest taking at least 15 mg to 20 mg daily when supplementation is needed.
4. Vitamin B Complex: the “Indispensable Co-Factors for optimal body cell function”
B vitamins ensure the body’s cells are functioning properly. They help the body metabolize food into energy, make new blood cells, maintain healthy skin cells, brain cells, and other body structures. There are eight types of B vitamins: Thiamin B-1, Riboflavin B-2, Niacin (B-3), Pantothenic Acid (B-5), Pyridoxine (B-6), Biotin (B-7), Folate (B-9), and Cobalamin (B-12. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325292 )
Vitamin B1 or Thiamine is part of the potent virus fighting “MATH + protocol” (see my July/August 2020 article in Truly Alive magazine: https://trulyalive.net/covid-19-the-math-protocol). Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) is required for metabolism of some of the metabolites of vitamin C. Vitamin B1 may be vital to protect against infectious respiratory illness. Vitamin B12 is well known to help people with fatigue and is crucial for proper adrenal function. Use of high dose Vitamin B complex for psychiatric illness is one of the base principles of orthomolecular psychiatry. http://orthomolecular.org/index.shtml
We use high dose Multi-B complex with additional B-12 in “Dr. Hart’s Golden IV cocktail”. Recommended dosing depends on your health status and disease coping needs.
5. Omega-3 fats: the “potent inflammation reducer”
The omega 3 fats EPA and DHA are well known to help reduce inflammation in general and lower unhealthy high triglycerides levels. They also positively affect the immune response to viral infections and help prevent blood clot formation. Omega 3 can protect against lung damage and secondary bacterial infections and improves mitochondrial function. Ideal sources of DHA and EPA are marine-based and include cold-water fatty fish like wild-caught Alaskan salmon, sardines and anchovies. Most plant-based omega-3s actually do not contain any of the more beneficial long-chain omega-3 fats, DHA and EPA. https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/07/13/omega-3-fats-epa-and-dha.aspx?v=1596913397
When it comes to high quality fish oils, I tend to be very picky as not all fish oil supplements are created equal and/or molecularly distilled, which is a requirement to make sure that heavy metal (mercury) contamination is removed. My all-time favorite is Xymogen’s OmegaMonopure 1300 EC, which is researched to show superior absorbability with powerful anti-inflammatory effect. Xymogen might be the only nutraceutical company that also checks their fish oils against radiation contamination. Suggested dose OmegaMonopure 1300 EC: 1 twice daily.
6. Aller DHQ: powerful Quercetin & Vitamin C
Aller DHQ provides a great ant-inflammatory combination source for Quercetin: Vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) 200mg, Quercetin (as quercetin dihydrate from Sophora japonica – bud), 400mg, Stinging Nettle Aqueous Extract (Urtica dioica – aerial parts), 1% silica, 200mg Bromelain (2400 GDU/g – from Ananas comosus stem) 100mg, Rutin (from Sephora japonica bud), 100 mg, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine. 100 mg, DHQvital Dihydroquercitin (from larch tree extract, Larix dahurica. Larix gmelinii, Latrix sibirica ledeb, Larix cajanderi, Larix czekanowskii, Larix Russica, Larix sukaczewii – saw logs) 40 mg.
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Dr. Angelique Hart M.D. is Board Certified Anesthesiologist and a specialist in Pain Management. She holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Traditional Medicine and specializes in Holistic Medicine, Natural Aesthetics, Pain Management, Detoxification Therapies, Functional Medicine, and Hormone Balancing. She is a former University of Miami Assistant Professor and former Director of the Pain Center at the VA Medical Center in Miami. Dr. Hart has been practicing Integrative and Holistic Medicine for 18 years.