Updated: Aug 31, 2021
There is emerging research on many specific nutraceuticial and botanical agents that is very promising. These agents have been shown to improve the body’s ability to fight off and recover from the illness. Please see the list of the most studied and recommended nutrients to support your body. For more information or specific needs, please contact us.
EIS – Enhances immune system
DVG – Decreases viral Growth
RS – Reduces Symptoms
1) Curcumin: 500-1000 mg, 2x/day EIS, DVG, RS
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has been shown to reduce inflammation and decrease viral activity for COVID-19. It is a very strong antioxidant.
Specific Recommendations: Curcum-Evail, Inflammatone, C3 Curcumin Complex
2) Quercetin: 1000 mg, 2x/day EIS, DVG, RS
Quercetin is found in fruits and vegetables and has a wide range of benefits, including decreasing viral growth as well as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown to have antiviral effects against both RNA (influenza and coronavirus) and DNA viruses (herpesvirus).
Specific Recommendations: BioFizz Immune, C + BioFizz, HistaEze, Immune Support Packets (Designs for Health), Quercetin Ascorbate powder
3) Zinc: 30-60 mg, daily EIS, DVG, RS
A large body of research shows that zinc has strong anti-viral properties against many viruses. It contributes to immune defense by supporting various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system. Supplementation with zinc is supported by evidence that it prevents viral infections and reduces their severity and duration. It has also been shown to reduce the risk of lower respiratory infection. Keep in mind that loss of taste and smell is a great indicator of zinc deficiency.
Specific Recommendations: BioFizz Immune, Complete Mineral Complex, Immune Support Packets (Designs for Health), ImmunoSpore Probiotic, Immuno-Zn Lozenge, Zinc Supreme
4) N-Acetylcysteine (NAC): 600-900 mg, 2x/day EIS, RS
NAC promotes the production of glutathione, a potent antioxidant that supports immune function. It also reduces the severity of the flu. This is huge for those with asthma or other lung conditions and the elderly. It helps to break up mucus in the lungs and sinuses. NAC is great for prevention as well as lowering symptom severity.
Specific Recommendations: Immune Support Packets (Designs for Health), N Acetyl Cysteine
5) Glutathione: 250-1000mg daily EIS, DVG, RS
Glutathione has antiviral actions and anti-inflammatory actions, supports detoxification and upregulates Vitamin D synthesis and Vitamin D receptor activity. A great consideration for ‘long haul’ symptoms as detoxification is a key component in keeping your immune system running smoothly. Enhancing the liver’s ability to effectively process and eliminate toxins is a critical component of addressing the symptoms that COVID long-haulers are experiencing. *Liposomal most recommended.
Specific Recommendations: Liposomal Glutathione, Glutathione Powder, S-Acetyl Glutathione
6) Vitamin D: 5000 IU, daily EIS, DVG, RS
Vitamin D enhances immune system function, reduces viral growth and can reduce upper respiratory infections. It reduces the survival and replication of viruses and reduces inflammatory cytokine production. It has been shown that 80% of those positive for COVID-19 have been Vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased risk of respiratory tract infections and decreased lung function, as well as susceptibility to and delayed recovery from infections and inflammatory conditions. It’s also important to note that epidemic seasonal influenza is most likely related to the prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency during the winter months.
*Contact us if you would like an at-home Vitamin D test. It is important to take a Vitamin D supplement that also contains Vitamin K2.
Specific Recommendations: ADK Evail, Bio-Fizz Immune, Emulsi D3 Synergy, Hi-Po Emulsi D3, Immune Support Packets (Designs for Health), Vitamin D (Synergy, Supreme, Ultra 10K)
7) Vitamin A: 10,000-25,000 IU, daily EIS, RS
Vitamin A is anti-inflammatory, enhances immune function, and supports the lining of the respiratory tract.
Specific Recommendations: ADK Evail, Hi-Po Emulsi A, Immune Support Packets (Designs for Health)
8) Vitamin C: 1-3g, daily EIS, DVG, RS
Vitamin C contributes to immune defense by supporting various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system. Vitamin C has been used in hospital ICUs to treat COVID-19 infection. Supplementation appears to be able to both prevent and treat respiratory and systemic infections.
Specific Recommendations: BioFizz Immune, C + BioFizz, HistaEze, ImmunoSpore Probiotic, Immune Support Packets (Designs for Health), Liposomal Vitamin C, Vitamin C Powder
9) Melatonin: 5-20mg, taken at bedtime EIS, DVG
In addition to promoting restful sleep, melatonin has been shown to reduce inflammation and has been used as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of patients with COVID-19.
Specific Recommendations: Melatonin Caps, Melatonin SRT
10) Elderberry: 500mg, daily EIS, DVG
Elderberry is packed with vitamin C, dietary fiber, and antioxidants. It has been used extensively in the prevention of influenza and early infection with respiratory viruses.
Specific Recommendations: Immune Support Packets (Designs for Health), Immunitone Plus, Immunoberry Liquid, Immuno-Zn Lozenge
11) Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA): 300 mg, 2x/day (prevention); 600-900 mg 3x/day, daily for two weeks (treatment) EIS, DVG, RS
PEA is a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agent that has been shown to improve outcomes in acute respiratory disease and influenza.
12) Green Tea or epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG): 4 cups daily (green tea); 225 mg, daily (ECGC) EIS, DVG, RS
In addition to reducing inflammation, green tea enhances the immune system and targets one of the processes involved in COVID-19 replication. It has also been shown to prevent influenza in healthcare workers.
Specific Recommendations: EGCg (Designs for Health)
13) Resveratrol: 100-150 mg, 2x/day EIS, DVG
Resveratrol, a natural compound found in red grapes, has many beneficial health effects and has been shown in the lab to attack a relative of the COVID-19 virus.
Specific Recommendations: BioFizz Immune, Resveratrol Supreme
A high-quality multivitamin is recommended as other nutrients should be considered:
14) Vitamin E and Selenium
The antioxidant Vitamin E, and trace element Selenium, are major components of antioxidant defense. Deficiencies in either of these nutrients alters immune responses and viral pathogenicity. Supplementation has been shown to increase resistance to respiratory infections.
15) B Vitamins
Vitamin B deficiency can significantly impair cell and immune system function, and lead to inflammation. Vitamin B assists in proper activation of both innate and adaptive immune responses, reduces pro-inflammatory cytokine levels, and improves respiratory function.
Magnesium deficiency is associated with decreased immune cell activity and increased inflammation. It also plays a beneficial relationship role between Vitamin D and COVID-19 outcomes.
Orally administered probiotic strains can reduce the incidence and severity of viral respiratory tract infections. Another great consideration for ‘long haulers’ as beneficial bacteria plays a monumental role in gut health and your immune system. Having balanced gut flora strengthens the communication between gut and immune system.
18) Fish Oil
Omega-3 fatty acids are well known to have favorable effects on immunity and inflammation. They also inhibit influenza virus replication.
New studies are showing therapy with coenzyme Q10 can increase energy production, immunity, and decrease oxidative stress. Another great option for ‘long haulers’ in addition to B Vitamins and Vitamin C.
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*Extra guidance: How to Improve the Immune Response to the Vaccination:
T. (2020, October 26). The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19: Virus-Specific Nutraceutical and Botanical Agents. Retrieved December 11, 2020, from https://www.ifm.org/news-insights/the-functional-medicine-approach-to-covid-19-virus-specific-nutraceutical-and-botanical-agents/
Mercola, J., Dr. (2020). How Long Will We Ignore the Truth About Vitamin D? Retrieved December 11, 2020, from https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/12/11/do-vitamin-d-supplements-help-prevent-respiratory-tract-infections.aspx?cid_source=instagram