Doctors throughout New York state are giving their critically ill coronavirus patients massive doses of vitamin C, a tactic said to have helped those hit the hardest in China.
A Long Island based pulmonologist and critical-care specialist with Northwell Health, Dr Andrew Weber shared that he has been immediately giving his intensive-care patients 1,500 milligrams of intravenous vitamin C.
The doctor explained to the New York Post that those patients are then re-administered the doses of the powerful antioxidant three or four times a day.
Each dose is more than 16 times the daily dietary vitamin allowance of vitamin C advised from the National Institute of Health.
For adult men, the allowance is 90 milligrams, with 75 milligrams recommended for women.
Doctor Weber explained that the regimen is based on experimental treatments administered to coronavirus patients in Shanghai, China.
He stated that;
The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C. It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug.
According to a spokesman for Northwell, Jason Molinet, Vitamin C is being ‘widely used’ as a coronavirus treatment throughout the health system, noting that however, the amount given to patients varies and as the clinician decides.
Northwell Health is the state’s largest healthcare provider, with 23 hospitals across New York.
According to Molinet, approximately 700 patients across the hospital network are being treated for the coronavirus, though he could not specify how many were receiving vitamin C treatment.
There are now 25,665 cases of the virus in New York, including 14,904 in New York City.
Doctor Weber further stressed that the vitamin C is just one treatment being given to coronavirus patients.
According to him, the patients have also received the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, the antibiotic azithromycin, as well as various biologics and blood thinners.
Doctor Weber revealed that patients with coronavirus who suffer sepsis – an inflammatory response that occurs when the body overreacts to the infection – suffer significant drops in vitamin C levels.
He added that “it makes all the sense in the world to try and maintain this level of vitamin C.”
A clinical trial into the effectiveness of intravenous vitamin C on patients with coronavirus started on February 14 at Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the country’s outbreak.
The trial is expected to be completed at the end of September, according to information on the US National Library of Medicine’s website.
According to Chinese data, one in five patients with COVID-19 may be ill enough to need medical intervention.
For the rest wild symptoms, the best medication could be ibuprofen and paracetamol, as this controls fever and pain.
In order to help rebuild the immune system post-virus, experts recommend antioxidants which can be obtained from a variety of foods, such as berries, garlic and onion.
Vitamin Injections London founder Bianca Estelle has recommended cocktails of vitamins and minerals, intravenous (IV) or intramuscular (IM) injection, as an alternative to oral supplements which can be harmful to the stomach in high doses.
The UK-based clinic administers high doses (dependent on factors including age and health condition. The antiviral concoctions are also great for preventing free radical damage and reducing inflammation caused by viruses.
Here are recommended vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system;
- B VITAMINS: B Complex vitamins also help boost the immune system after a viral infection.
Specifically B6. It gives cells the energy they require to communicate effectively and function. B6 supports red blood cell production and reduces inflammation. It cannot be made by the body naturally.
- VITAMIN C: Coronavirus victims have reported symptoms of fatigue, body aches, fever, coughing and sneezing.
Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that protects the body against the effects of harmful agents (internal and external) and can negatively affect metabolic processes, leading to tiredness and fatigue.
Since it has a very low toxicity level, there is no risk of damaging vital organs, as long as the correct dose is administered for an individual as recommended by a health expert.
- VITAMIN D: According to a World Health Organization (WHO) study on respiratory tract infections;
Vitamin D deficiency may affect the immune system as vitamin D plays an immunomodulation role, enhancing innate immunity by up-regulating the expression and secretion of antimicrobial peptides, which boosts mucosal defenses.
Airborne illnesses such as coronavirus can get into the system via mucous membranes; eyes, nose and mouth.
Estelle recommends the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of D3, otherwise known as the ‘sunshine vitamin‘. Darker skin tones have more difficulty obtaining the benefits of vitamin D but slow-release adhesive skin patches provide 12 hours of continuous D3 supplementation, delivered directly into the bloodstream.
- MAGNESIUM: Magnesium helps reduce inflammation in tissues and regulates the immune system response. Notably it helps keep organs, bones and nerves healthy.
Found in vegetables, milk, fish, pulses, and grains, about 15 percent is absorbed via oral supplement and it’s absorbed at a much higher rate via IV.
- ZINC: Zinc helps flush out damaged cells and fight infection. According to VitaminInjections.co.uk, the trace mineral, stimulates the activities of nearly one hundred enzymes and is necessary for the healthy functioning of the body.
Zinc is recommended for supplementing pre-existing deficiencies in order to enhance the body’s natural ability to defend itself against foreign invaders.