When I hear Vitamin C being talked about I normally prick my ears and listen that little bit more. I don’t know about you, but I have many childhood memories of being given very nice little Vitamin C tablets. My mother was big on us boosting the immune system – that was over 40 years ago. Since COVID 19 came along I have been highlighting the need for nutritional support with the key nutrients being: Vitamins D and C along with zinc and magnesium.
Key Research By Patrick Holford On The Key Role Of Vitamin C
Last weekend I attended the Association of Systematic Kinesiology’s AGM – online of course! Patrick Holford was the first speaker to offer us some insights on health and nutrition. While he did not set out to talk about COVID 19 he did mention his research into how Vitamin C could be preventing many deaths.
On the website – vitaminc4covid.com there is a review titled: Vitamin C – an Adjunctive Therapy for Respiratory Infection, Sepsis and COVID-19. The review highlights that:
‘Vitamin C’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating effects, make it a potential therapeutic candidate, both for the prevention and amelioration of COVID-19 infection, and as an adjunctive therapy in the critical care of COVID-19, supporting anti-inflammatory treatment.’
Back in the 1970’s Linus Pauling (one of Patrick’s lecturers), twice Nobel Prize Winner, proved that if you take enough Vitamin C you can stop a cold in its tracks.
Anti-Oxidants – Like Vitamin C – Are Essential For Health.
Vitamin C is known as an antioxidant, as is vitamin E and glutathione. Our body needs anti-oxidants just to help us deal with fumes (free radicals) we generate as a natural consequence of living. Strong coloured foods offer us what we need like carrots, butternut squash, turmeric, beetroot, etc.. To watch a short webinar by Patrick Holford, on the key role Vitamin C plays in your life click here.
Did You Know That You Need To Consume Your Vitamin C From Food or Nutritional Supplements?
After watching the webinar on Vitamin C I was interested to hear that animals, like Goats, produce 13,000 mg of Vitamin C a day normally. When sick they produce up to 100,000 mg vitamin C a day. We don’t come anywhere near this because as we have evolved, we have lost the ability to produce our own Vitamin C, so we are reliant on getting it from our diet.
Some Foods That are High in Vitamin C
Vitamin C is rich in fruit, and veg like broccoli, carrots, oranges, kiwis, lemons, limes. We have, over time, lost an enzyme that would help us to make Vitamin C.
But, no matter how hard we try, we will not get sufficient amounts of Vitamin C from our daily diet to help us ward off infections. Once we have a virus or infection, we need 6-8 gms of vitamin C daily. One capsule normally gives us 1 gm.
Vitamin C is a hormone!
I was a little surprised when Patrick said that Vitamin C was indeed a hormone. Here’s why – When you get stressed your adrenals produce high levels of Vitamin C into the blood. This could be up to 10 times higher than normal blood levels.
The adrenals also release cortisol into the body to work along side Vitamin C to clear free radicals and reduce inflammation. When people contact an infection their own levels of Vitamin C and cortisol will be completely depleted after 2 weeks or less due to the body continually producing it to help clear the infection and reduce inflammation. If you are already deficient in Vitamin C because you are not getting enough from your fruit and vegetables then you will be getting as much as you can produce but probably not enough. After your levels of Vitamin C and cortisol drop because of adrenal fatigue, the body then triggers this cytokine storm reaction to get you to try and produce more Vitamin C and cortisol. But you cannot produce any more Vitamin C which is required for cortisol to work.
Treatment for People Very Ill With COVID
Patrick and others who engaged in this lengthy research on Vitamin C, have concluded that the biggest and best treatment for those really sick with COVID is: steroids, Vitamin C and anti-coagulants. This, they say, will reduce mortality rates.
Back to Vitamin C and it’s role during ‘at home’ COVID infections
With no symptoms of COVID a daily intake of 1-2 grams Vitamin C daily will help make sure you can all have optimum levels of Vitamin C. Then at first sign of symptoms of cold or flu take 2 grams vitamin C followed by 1 gram every hour (roughly 8 grams daily) until you forget because the symptoms have gone away. Patrick did get COVID last June. He took more than 8 grams of Vitamin C with Zinc daily.
It takes three days for the body to convert the Vitamin D we take into something it can use effectively. It is better to always have good Vitamin D and Vitamin C levels always as they will help you ward off attacks – along with a natural and nutritional diet, good sleeping habits, water intake and reduced stress levels. As I have mentioned in previous posts, Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and is best taken in oil form. It can be absorbed through the skin.
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