As a follow-up to my previous blog on boosting immunity, I’ve put together summaries of some recent articles on COVID-19 and managing our health during this crisis.
Five powerful supplements for immunity
This article highlights that the best line of defense against a viral infection is to boost immunity – in addition to a high nutrient diet, adding these five supplements to your regimen can provide us the boost we are all seeking. These supplements and associated evidence are as follows:
Lack of sleep leaves us vulnerable to infection
Although there are no studies on the effects of sleep on COVID-19 yet, researchers in 2015 found that volunteers deliberately infected with the common cold were four times more likely to develop cold symptoms if they slept less than six hours than those who slept for a minimum of seven hours. It is during sleep that our immune system produces and distributes T cells; these T cells attach to infected cells in our body and destroy them. So, even with anxiety and stress levels elevated during this time, it is important to get the right amount of shut-eye.
Check out my blog on How to Sleep Better and Create your Sleep Sanctuary
Vitamin C and Quercetin for COVID-19 patients
A pulmonologist in New York is treating COVID-19 patients with high-dose, intravenous vitamin C. As intravenous vitamin C has been shown to be an effective treatment for the severe swine flu back in 2009, there’s now a clinical trial submitted for this study with hope that this high dose therapy will work as effectively for the coronavirus.
Post the SARS epidemic, Canadian researchers have been investigating the use of quercetin as a powerful immune booster and broad-spectrum antiviral. Quercetin is a plant flavonol from the flavonoid group of polyphenols. It is found in many fruits, vegetables such as kale and red onions, leaves, seeds, and grains. Last month, this Canadian team started a clinical trial on quercetin for use in prevention and treatment of COVID-19.
Exercise is key to building your immune system
A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrients indicates the mechanism of immunoprotection from physical activity and exercise.
Dr. Bonnie McLean’s Blog
Finally, check out our Wholistics Advisor, Dr. Bonnie McLean’s Blog on COVID-19: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ways to Boost Immunity
Wishing you all the best of health!