Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
Welcome to part two of our episode “Important Update - Vitamin C and COVID-19.” In part one, we spoke a great deal about
Vitamin C and lung infections. You can listen to part one of “Important Update - Vitamin C and COVID-19” by clicking here. In today's episode, we are going to discuss the important of this vitamin for fighting off infections and boosting immunity, as seen in numerous recent reports.
The role of Vitamin C in the immune system
Vitamin C clears out used neutrophils during an infection so they don’t damage nearby healthy tissues. It also
enhances the formation of B and T cells. B cells are cells that
create antibodies. They’re also called immunoglobulins. In other words, that’s what
gives you resistance to many infections. The antibodies are specific for a particular infection and once you make them, the immunity can be long-lasting and you probably won’t get the infection again.†
T cells do a number of things for the immune system. Just like B cells, they’re highly educated. They’re called acquired immunity. They help
stimulate the production of antibodies and other types of cells that kill viruses. They
control the immune system to kill the virus or bacterial infection properly. At the end of the infection, they call off all the immune system cells so that they don’t hurt the body and cause consistent inflammation.†
Additional details about how this vitamin interacts with the immune system can be found in part one of this podcast.
Research on Vitamin C
Here’s a study that just came out in the journal Critical Care. The researchers found that plasma
Vitamin C levels drop like crazy in people admitted to the intensive care unit with COVID-19. If they develop acute respiratory distress syndrome, levels are undetectable in 90% of these patients. The patients who are admitted into the intensive care unit with lung troubles and difficult breathing, their Vitamin C levels are so low that 90% of them,
doctors can’t even detect any of this vitamin.†
They said, “Moreover, Vitamin C might have implications for the treatment of COVID-19-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome. Moreover, other clinical studies that included surgical patients and patients with pneumonia showed encouraging results in terms of decreased incidence and severity of lung injury and mortality.” In other words, if you have sufficient Vitamin C, it helps protect your lungs and it helps prevent severe lung injury, according to this report.†
For more studies relating to why this important nutrient is being utilized for COVID-19, tune into the full podcast episode.
Chief Scientific Officer and Pharmacist, Jerry Hickey, Ph.'s Recommendations
You can’t really overdose on Vitamin C because the body regulates it. If you take too much, you lose it in your urine quickly. It’s very safe to use. It’s safe, it’s non-toxic, it’s not expensive, and it’s important for boosting and supporting the immune system. I think it’s something well worth using.†
My recommendation for daily use
depends on your health. If you’re a smoker or a diabetic, you need more. Each cigarette burns up about 25mg of Vitamin C in your bloodstream. Diabetics utilize Vitamin C very poorly and very inefficiently. I would give a diabetic 1000mg three times a day with their food to saturate their blood with this vitamin. For you and me, 500mg twice a day if you’re not sick should be plenty. If you start to get sick, go up to 1000mg twice a day.†
**During this podcast, episode Jerry mistakenly said that the University of Otago is located in Australia. It is actually located in New Zealand.
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