NY Hospitals Using Vitamin C for Seriously Sick Patients
March 25, 2020
In a move based on reports coming out of China, a pulmonologist in Long Island, New York, is treating intensive care patients with high-dose, intravenous vitamin C. “Each dose is more than 16 times the National Institutes of Health’s daily recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C, which is just 90 milligrams for adult men and 75 milligrams for adult women,” the New York Post said.
Chinese doctors have been reporting success with the protocol with their patients, and so far about 700 patients in a 23-hospital network in New York have now received the treatment.
Vitamin C has two major functions that help explain its potent health benefits and the hope it promises in treating COVID-19. First, it acts as a powerful antioxidant. It also acts as a cofactor for enzymatic processes. Along with vitamin C, quercetin supplements could also be helpful. Although the vitamin C protocol is new for COVID-19 treatment, it’s been used for a while as a treatment for sepsis.
In 2009, IV vitamin C was shown to be a potentially lifesaving treatment for severe swine flu, so it’s understandable why both Chinese and American doctors hold hope for it with the coronavirus. In fact, it’s such a hopeful idea that there’s already a clinical trial submitted for it at ClinicalTrials.gov. More recent research, published online January 9, 2020, found Marik’s sepsis protocol lowered mortality in pediatric patients as well.
Time will tell what the clinical trial’s outcome will be, but chances are it will be favorable. Back in 2003 during the SARS pandemic, a Finnish researcher called for an investigation into the use of vitamin C, when research showed it not only protected broiler chicks against avian coronavirus, but also cut the duration and severity of common cold in humans and significantly lowered susceptibility to pneumonia.
Another powerful component in the prevention and treatment of influenza is vitamin D.
Although vitamin D does not appear to have a direct effect on the virus itself, it does strengthen immune function, thus allowing the host body to combat the virus more effectively. It also suppresses inflammatory processes. Taken together, this might make vitamin D quite useful against COVID-19.
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