Updated: Feb 17
Daily news reports the spread of the coronavirus and the uncertainty of treatment. Although some vaccines have been made available yet the treatment is uncertain, there are over-the-counter supplements that have shown to have antiviral properties and to support the #ImmuneSystem.
Although the following have not been validated as effective specifically for COVID- 19, they are nevertheless advisable at the onset of symptoms of influenza and viral upper respiratory tract infections and to help maintain a healthy immune system.
Zinc: Supports the immune system.
Garlic: Antiviral. Take with food to minimize #stomach irritation.
Vitamin C: Fights infection and can lessen cold and flu #symptoms.
Vitamin D: Supports the immune system. Higher levels associated with a decreased risk of seasonal viral infection and acute respiratory #infections.
Vitamin E: Potent antioxidant. Supports the immune system.
Cimetidine: A heartburn drug that has potent immune-enhancing properties. It is sold in pharmacies, over the counter.
Melatonin: Helps with sleep, is an #antioxidant, supports the immune system. Take at bedtime.
Green Tea: contains a powerful antioxidant called epigeal location gallate (EGCG), which has been used to fight influenza for 4700 years.
DHEA: Support for the immune system
Probiotics and prebiotics: Support the immune system, and antiviral
Elderberry: Rich source of antioxidants, and can help with #influenza.
If you have signs of the flu (sudden high fever, fatigue, cough, congestion, or sore throat), you should call a health care provider immediately.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Kathleen Ireland Gregg is a Naturopath/ Physiotherapist at Heath Matters: A center for Wellness. Reach her at (517) 641-8000 or email: email@example.com