Quality advice on how to cope with the latest virus that is spreading throughout the globe.
As with any virus before we begin to panic, there are many ways in which we can help prevent the spread and improve our own immunity to help ward off the corona virus but also any infection (whether its viral/bacterial/parasitic) etc.
Our product range supplies all of the nutraceuticals mentioned below.
Common sense steps to reducing the spread & improving your immunity:
- Vitamin C – https://fxsupplements.ie/product/vitamin-c/ is significant to the human body and plays a role in reducing the inflammatory response and preventing common colds. In addition a number of studies have shown C deficiency is related to the increased risk and severity of influenza infections. When sepsis occurs, the cytokine surge caused by sepsis is activated, neutrophils accumulate in the lungs destroying alveolar capillaries. Early studies have shown that vitamin C can effectively prevent this process.
Currently a clinical trial is being carried out in China utilising intravenous vitamin C by professor Zhiyong Peng of Zhongan Hospital of Wuhan University in China, due to commence on February 10th 2020. (information available from www.clinicaltrials.gov- NCT04264533)
Some common sense and preventative health advice would encourage ensure your vitamin C levels are increased to help prevent infection and inflammation.
- Vitamin D – https://fxsupplements.ie/product/vitamin-d3/ is a key regulator of our host defence against infections by activating genes and pathways that enhance innate and adaptive immunity. Vit D mediates its biological effects by binding to the Vitamin D receptor (VDR), and activating and regulating multiple cellular pathways. (Jaminez Sousa et al, 2017). A more recent analysis of 25 randomized controlled trials of 11,000 patients showed an overall protective effect of vitamin D supplementation against acute respiratory tract infections. (Martineau et al, 2017)
Clinical trials demonstrate that vitamin D supplementation is needed for the prevention of respiratory infections. Vitamin D supplementation decreases the events related to respiratory tract infections. In particular, vitamin D is useful in prevention of these types of infections, assuming dosage of vitamin D ranging from 400 IU/day to 2000 IU/day. Epidemiologic studies have found high vitamin D levels to be associated with lower risk of infections of the upper respiratory tract. 4000 IU/day vitamin D supplementation is found to significantly increase the probability of staying infection free during the study period. (Charan et al, 2012).
- Probiotics – As with any immune advice regardless of the infection type etc, one of the key principles of immune regulation is ensuring the gut microbiome is supported as the microbiome secrete immunoglobulin A (SigA), and T helper 17 TH17 and also regulatory T cells that all work to protect us against pathogens (Macpherson et al, 2012). As with all our customers our general recommendation is taking a probiotic twice yearly (taking for granted you are not taking antibiotics or oral steroids at any other point – these should always be taken with probiotics or directly after course is finished). Simply taking one of our probiotic supplements from our range of NDS or Bodyhealth probiotics to ensure the microbiome is supported and working to ward off any pathogens that you may be in contact with. Choose from https://fxsupplements.ie/product/perfectimmunedefenseprobiotic/ or our vast NDS range, such as https://fxsupplements.ie/product/nds-probiotic-ild/
- Cordyceps – is a genus of parasitic mushroom that grows on the larvae of insects. Once an invader (infection) penetrates the human body our adaptive immune system is responsible for responding.
https://fxsupplements.ie/product/cordy-sin-sport-cordyceps-sinensis/ The adaptive immune system is activated by the response of the innate immune system. Increasing evidence shows that cordyceps is a bidirectional modulator with both potentiating and suppressive effects on the immune system through regulating innate and adaptive immunity. (Zhou et al, 2009). According to Feng et al (2008) cordyceps is known as an immune modulator where it adapts the immune system to respond to penetrators helping to ward off infections.
- Wash your hands – such a simple and effective method of reducing infection spread and risk. Simply wash your hands with soap and warm water, ensuring you wash all fingers and front and palms of hands and using a clean hand towel to dry. Keep water pressure low to not spread water droplets which is a known cause of infectious spread. Hand gel with a minimum of 60 % alcohol can be used after washing or can also be used on non soiled hands.
- Coughing/sneezing – use your common sense here, cover your face when doing so with tissue and if you have no tissue to hand then cough or sneeze into your elbow. To reduce the likelihood of droplets being dispersed into the air and also into your hands where they will be touching and spreading potential germs.
- Phone – your GP office or hospital if you are sick, do not present in person. Check out HSE website https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/
- Sleep – ensure you are getting enough sleep to replenish your system and also immune system.
- Dont panic! – Stress itself has a depleting effect on our immune system.
- Hydration – ensure you are adequately hydrated, this can be achieved via water and herbal teas.
- Nutrition – ensure you are eating a non processed nutrient dense diet to replenish and optimise your immune system.