With the introduction of the Delta variant of Covid-19 and the surge of RSV, which is now affecting adults as well as children, it is important to support the immune system in both. A diet low in sugar but high in non-inflammatory fats like olive oil and fruits and vegetables together with exercise is a great start. For further support, many great molecules have studied to aid immune response while limiting inflammation.
Zinc: Supports development and function of immune cells (natural killer cells); antiviral properties.
Quercetin: Zinc ionophore; lowers histamine formation and inflammatory cytokines while increasing delivery of zinc in the body and inhibition of SARS viral entry.
Vitamin D: Activates immune system; helps increase white blood cell count to fight foreign invaders; in one study vitamin D deficiency was found in 94% of hospitalized Covid-19 patients and the higher the vitamin D level the shorter the hospital stay (Journal of Medical Virology 2021) and another study found that more than 80% of those in the general population who tested positive were deficient in vitamin D (JAMA 2021).
Vitamin C; Antioxidant that reduced flu and cold symptoms in a test group; kills microbes and supports the respiratory system
N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC); A precursor amino acid to the master antioxidant, glutathione, which aids in restoring balanced inflammation by regulating the immune system; a research study found that “NAC may suppress SARS-COVID replication and may improve outcomes”. (Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management 2020)
Melatonin: Studies suggest that melatonin can regulate the activation of the immune system and supports lowered inflammation.
The following molecules also support the immune system but should be avoided in someone at risk of a cytokine storm or positive for Covid.
Oregano: Antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.
Olive leaf: Reduced duration of sick days; bacterial and viral deactivation properties.
Elderberry: Powerful antioxidant that supports immune balance and significant reduction of symptoms and duration of colds and flu.
V-Clear: Geranium extract; supports lessened symptoms and duration of upper respiratory infections.
*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your doctor before starting any new supplements.