Wednesday, April 22, 2020

COVID-19 Information You Won't See on the News


Based on a report published on sciencemag.org, it appears that coronaviruses can induce immune responses against one another. For example, the two coronaviruses that produce the common cold may generate cross-reactive antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, as they do with SARS-CoV-1 . This may explain why some people get the virus but symptoms are mild or they are asymptomatic.

Two newly published studies, one from Stanford University , the other from USC, seem to support the above theory.  Both suggest that COVID-19 is more widespread than previously thought in the state of California. The Stanford University study revealed that between 2.5 percent and 4.2 percent of Santa Clara County residents were infected with the virus as of early April.  This is much higher than previously thought. Also, a higher infection rate naturally decreases the estimated death percentage rate from 1 percent 0.2 percent  Likewise, according to the USC study "USC and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) today released preliminary results from a collaborative scientific study that suggests infections from the new coronavirus are far more widespread – and the fatality rate much lower — in L.A. County than previously thought."

Based on the above information, this is what I believe our country needs to be doing right now to end this COVID-19 madness:

1.  Those with active COVID-19 should quarantine themselves for two weeks.  If they remain symptom-free and have no underlying health issues, they should go out and about.

2.  The elderly and those with compromised immune systems continue to quarantine during this outbreak.  This is just common sense.

3. Quercetin and Zinc should be provided for everyone to take daily during this outbreak. , This is especially important for the elderly and immunocompromised.

Why zinc?  Many studies have shown zinc prevents viral replication in the human body.  Increased intracellular zinc concentrations inhibit RNA-dependent RNA polymerases and other proteins essential for the completion of different phases of the virus life cycle.

Many people are deficient in zinc, especially the elderly, so supplementation makes sense.

Why Quercetin?  Zinc requires ionophores to penetrate the cell wall, delivering it inside each cell. Quercetin is a zinc ionophore. It is a plant flavonoid found in fruits and vegetables. Similar to the drug hydroxychloroquine, which is also a zinc ionophore, it has the same mechanism of action. It allows zinc to pass through the cell wall and into the cell, where it can halt viral replication.  Quercetin can be purchased in supplement form. (Quercetin glycoside is the most bioavailable form.)

More information on this subject can be found here.

4.  Governors need to continue reopening their states. Again, only those that have active COVID-19, as well as the elderly and immunocompromised should continue to quarantine themselves. We need to build up herd immunity the natural way that God had intended.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Consuming Foods Rich in Quercetin and Zinc Helps Prevent Viral Infections



Although mitigation may help stop the spread of COVID-19, finding treatment for the virus is essential in minimizing the number of deaths from the virus. Drugs currently under investigation in the treatment of COVID-19 are hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. In fact, the FDA has recently given emergency approval for both drugs to be distributed to hospitals across the country to treat COVID-19.

Both hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are quinoline medications used to treat or prevent malaria. They are also used to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.

According to  one published study, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4182877chloroquine acts as a zinc ionophore. Simply put, this means is it able to transport zinc ions across the lipid membrane into cells, so it can stop viral replication. This is likely why it can be effective in treating COVID-19.

Both hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are not without side effects.  According to Drugs.com, in addition to a long list of side effects, they can cause cardiomyopathy, which can result in fatal cardiac failure and biventricular hypertrophy. This should be a major concern, especially in the elderly.

Quercetin:  A Natural Zinc Ionophore 

Quercetin, a plant flavonoid found in fruits and vegetables, also acts as a zinc ionophore.  It has the same mechanism of action as the experimental COVID-19 drugs, allowing zinc pass through the cell wall and into the cell, where it can halt viral replication.

Since the experimental drugs currently being used to treat COVID-19 have major side effects and also seem to be in short supply, it certainly makes sense to consider Quercetin as a viable alternative.

It is my belief, whenever possible, it is best to obtain nutrients from food rather than supplementation. Foods that commonly contain quercetin include onions, apples, grapes, berries, broccoli, citrus fruits, cherries, and  leafy vegetables.  However, Quercetin can be purchased in supplement form.  According to one published nutritional study, Quercetin, Inflammation and Immunity, quercetin glycoside is the most bioavailable form.

Please check with your healthcare practitioner before taking any quercetin supplement.

 Zinc Inhibits Viral Replication

Zinc is essential for multiple aspects of the immune system, including the normal development, differentiation, and function of cells belonging to both innate and acquired immunity. Consumed along with a diet rich in quercetin, it can inhibit viral replication.

Zinc deficiency can be caused by inadequate intake or poor gastrointestinal absorption due to impaired gut health.  Imbalance of zinc causes disease and promotes disease progression. Numerous studies have shown that zinc deficiency impairs immune function.  It is a common observation in the elderly, which is likely why contracting COVID-19 is so dangerous for the elderly.

I have heard several news reports stating one of the symptoms of Coronavirus or Covid-19 is decreased sense of smell and taste. My nutritional studies have taught me a decrease in both senses is often a sign of zinc deficiency. 

As with any nutrient, it's best to get zinc directly from food.  Good sources of zinc include beef. chicken, pork, flounder, sole, crab, oysters, baked beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, oatmeal, cashews, almonds, peas, to name a few.

Zinc can be purchased in supplement form.  A word of caution: taking too much zinc can cause depletion of copper in the body. This can be dangerous, as copper is necessary for red blood cell formation, as well as for maintaining healthy bones, blood vessels, and nerves.

Always check with your healthcare provider before supplementing with zinc.

If your diet is rich in zinc, and you are taking a multivitamin and mineral tablet daily, avoid zinc supplementation unless prescribed by your doctor.

Keep in mind that without an adequate intake of zinc, taking chloroquine, or a quercetin supplement is an ineffective treatment for COVID-19.

The Bottom Line:  Quercetin, a zinc ionophore. assists zinc in halting viral replication.  Eating healthy foods rich in quercetin and zinc helps prevent viral infections.