2/4/2020 0 Comments
virus busters by Jenna
Considering the current viral outbreak, I thought it would be good to refresh ourselves on the myriad remedies that can help boost our immunity. The novel Coronavius or Covid-19 is of course far too new for us to have any evidence of substances that can specifically target the strain.
Vitamin C - At the first sign of feeling low, I Vitamin C load. You know the tell-tale tickle in the throat or that feeling in your chest when a bug is brewing? I take 1g of Vitamin C every couple of hours for as many doses as I feel is doing the trick. This has saved me more times than I can remember. You’ll know if you have too much as you’ll reach what's called bowel tolerance -i.e. Diarrhoea! I’ve found when I’m fighting off the beginning of a cold I can tolerate many more grams than is usual, showing how the body’s needs increase during infection. I also like to mix a cheap high strength tablet with the top of the range liquid liposomal C. This interesting form of Vitamin C is thought to have a greater effect in the body tissues and be as close to taking large doses of intravenous C as you can get from a supplement.
Vitamin D - Make sure you’re getting plenty of Vitamin D. Our levels can plummet during the Winter and there’s good research to suggest that even the sun worshippers among us don't make enough D to store through the cold months. Although most famous for bone health, Vitamin D helps modulate the immune system, helping prevent infection. Evidence also suggests Vitamin D may help reduce asthma attacks.
Beta Glucans - Specifically Beta 1,3 1,6 Glucans. Found in mushrooms and the cell walls of yeasts this family of Beta Glucans has a very interesting effect on our immune systems. When ingested the 1,3 1,6 Glucans make their way through the stomach and on to our small intestines where special areas of lymphatic tissue known as Peyer’s patches take them in. Cells such as macrophages that are part of our immune system can be found in these tissues.
Colloidal Silver - I always have Colloidal Silver on hand too. In a spray bottle, this antimicrobial makes a useful remedy for sore throats, ear infections and sinus conditions. A small dose can be used daily as prevention. Silver has shown some promise when studied in relation to a similar coronavirus.
Elderberry - A veritable medicine chest all by itself - the leaves, flowers, berries and bark have all been used as medicines. The elderberries are anti-viral, anti-catarrhal, anti-allergic and immune boosting. I keep a bottle of Lamberts Imuno-strength to hand all through the Winter. I find this blend of Elderberry, Rosehip & Blackcurrant is really helpful for preventing infections, makes a feel-good healing tea when mixed with hot water and a pinch of cinnamon, and tastes pretty good to boot.
Liquorice – Glycyrrhizin, an active constituent of liquorice roots, has been shown to exhibit potent inhibitory activity against viral replication. Liquorice is also wonderfully soothing for the respiratory tract and I will certainly be starting to include regular liquorice teas in my immunity toolbox. Make sure you use the herb though and not the sweet which is mostly sugar!
There are many other herbs of note including Andrographis, garlic and oregano so this list is by no means exhaustive. Be sensible, stay safe and if you have any underlying health conditions always consult with a health professional before taking supplements.
I do hope you are all staying healthy and that however this plays out we can come together, look after each other and express only the best parts of our human nature.
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