Covid-19 has caused the world to re-evaluate many aspects of health care. Completely ignored by the conventional medical world are nutritional and herbal approaches.
Considering there are few therapeutic options available against this virus, Americans should take advantage of what supplements have to offer. Staying healthy using all available tools is the surest way to beat COVID-19.
Vitamins and Minerals for Flu
If nothing else, consider taking vitamins A, C, D, and the mineral zinc.
Vitamin A helps maintain the health of the mucous membranes and cells of the respiratory system.
Vitamin C is an essential factor in antiviral immune responses, especially against flu. It contributes to immune defense by supporting cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system and provides protection against pathogens.
Vitamin D reduces the risk of flu. Recurrence of flu correlates well with seasonal drops in vitamin D during fall and winter. Schoolchildren and the elderly in nursing homes benefit the most from supplementation.
More than 50 years of research has provided evidence for an antiviral activity of zinc through numerous mechanisms and is similarly especially important for the elderly.
Botanicals for Flu
Botanicals can be used both for prevention and treatment.
Elderberry juice is one of the oldest herbal remedies of European herbal traditions with documented effectiveness against H1N1.
Does Elderberry Make Coronavirus Worse?
Some have warned against use of elderberry, claiming it can worsen COVID-19 symptoms. There is virtually no good evidence to support this. Its safety and efficacy, especially for children, is too good to ignore because of bad information.
Astragalus root, and its key formula Astragalus Jade Wind Screen Powder, is the primary botanical used for prevention. This formula was key in preventing hospital workers from contracting the SARS virus, which is closely related to COVID-19.
First-Response Formulas to Flu
Andrographis and the Chinese herbal formula Yin Qiao San are first-response formulas to be taken as soon as you feel you have been exposed or feel symptoms coming on.
The Link Between Epidemics and Traditional Chinese Medicine
There have been more than 320 large-scale epidemics in China over the past 2,000 years. This has resulted in the development of numerous herbal treatment protocols that are available from professional Chinese medicine practitioners.
Individualized herbal and nutritional recommendations can also be provided by naturopathic physicians and integrated medicine physicians.