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COVID-19 Supplement Plan


COVID-19: Nutraceutical and Botanical Recommendations for Patients

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or uniformly successful treatments for COVID-19. However, research studies on several immune-boosting botanical and nutraceutical agents is promising, as they can improve the body’s ability to fight off and recover from the illness. Beneficial agents are listed below, along with dosing recommendations from the Institute for Functional Medicine. For more information on these recommendations, please consult your practitioner directly.

Curcumin
500-1,000 mg
2x daily

Benefits
Curcumin has been shown to reduce inflammation and interfere with the replication process of COVID-19.

Effects
Decreases Viral Growth


Quercetin
Phytosome
500 mg
2x daily

Benefits
Quercetin, which comes from fruits and vegetables, has a wide range of beneficial biological actions, including inhibition of viral replication.

Effects
Enhances Immune System
Decreases Viral Growth
Reduces Symptoms


Zinc Gluconate
30-60 mg
orally, daily

Benefits
Zinc has been shown, through an abundance of scientific evidence, to have anti-viral activity against many viruses.

Effects
Enhances Immune System
Decreases Viral Growth
Reduces Symptoms


N-acetylcysteine (NAC)
600-900 mg
orally, daily

Benefits
N-acetylcysteine promotes the production of glutathione, a potent antioxidant that supports immune function. It also reduces the severity of the flu.

Effects
Enhances Immune System
Reduces Symptoms


Vitamin D
5,000 IU
orally, daily

 

Benefits
Vitamin D is an immune system modulator. It enhances immune system function, reduces viral growth, and can reduce upper respiratory infections.

Effects
Enhances Immune System
Decreases Viral Growth
Reduces Symptoms


Vitamin A
10,000-25,000 IU daily

Benefits
Vitamin A is anti-inflammatory because of its critical role in enhancing immune function and supporting the lining of the respiratory tract.

Effects
Enhances Immune System


Vitamin C
1-3 g
orally, daily

Benefits
Vitamin C contributes to immune defense by supporting various cellular functions of the immune system. Vitamin C has been used in hospital ICUs to treat COVID-19 infection.

Effects
Enhances Immune System
Decreases Viral Growth
Reduces Symptoms


Melatonin
5-20 mg
at bedtime

Benefits
In addition to promoting restful sleep, melatonin has been shown to reduce inflammation, including in two recent papers on COVID-19.

Effects
Enhances Immune System
Decreases Viral Growth


Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
500 mg
orally, daily

Benefits
Elderberry is packed with vitamin C, dietary fiber, and antioxidants in the form of phenolic acids, flavonols, and anthocyanins. It has been used extensively in the prevention of influenza.

Effects
Enhances Immune System
Decreases Viral Growth


Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA)
300 mg
orally, 2x daily (prevention)
600 mg
orally, 3x daily (treatment)

Benefits
PEA is a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agent that has been shown to improve outcomes in acute respiratory disease and influenza.

Effects
Enhances Immune System
Decreases Viral Growth
Reduces Symptoms


Green Tea OR epigallocatechin gallate
4 cups daily (green tea)
25 mg
orally, daily (EGCG)

Benefits
Green tea, in addition to reducing inflammation, enhances the immune system and targets one of the processes involved in COVID-19 replication.

Effects
Enhances Immune System
Decreases Viral Growth


Resveratrol
100-150 mg
orally, 2x daily

Benefits
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.

Effects
Decreases Viral Growth


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