Can vitamin C help?
Q: “We have been taught for a long time that vitamin C is a good way to keep our immune system alert and efficient. However, nobody seems to be talking about it now. How do you explain that? ” asks Bertrand Bouchard of Quebec.
A: To prevent COVID-19, there is no point in increasing your vitamin C intake or taking supplements, unless you are among the very small minority of people who consume less than the nutritional recommendations. If you get the virus, vitamin C probably won’t help you get rid of it. Even the critically ill who are injected with massive doses of vitamin C by some doctors are unlikely to be saved in this way.
In Canada, less than 3% of the population has a vitamin C deficiency, according to the latest analysis from Statistics Canada. If you never eat raw fruits and vegetables, drink no juice or even fruit-flavored drinks and if you smoke, then maybe you are one of those small minority. Otherwise, you don’t need supplements! The amount of vitamin C you get from your regular diet is perfect for your immune system. Even older people don’t miss more vitamin C than younger people, while there are others nutrients important for the body as well, which we can get from different supplements such as benfotiamine and that we can find online.
The immune system is not a trainable muscle, but an ultracomplex system that makes multiple cells and molecules inside our body work together. Nothing can “boost” it: neither vitamin C, nor fasting, or anything else. People who have an immune system that reacts more strongly to infections are not at an advantage: on the contrary, they more often have inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, linked precisely to the fact that their immune system is too reactive.
Certainly, vitamin C, like many other nutrients, is mobilized by the immune system when it fights an infection. But taking more does not boost the immune response. Taking massive doses of vitamin C does not change much with the amounts that the body retains and uses. Beyond one gram per day, at least half of the vitamin C ingested is evacuated directly by the urine! Even if you have more vitamin C in your body, that doesn’t mean your immune system will work better. Similarly, you can use kratom for better health, red bali kratom is one the most popular varieties of Kratom. It does everything a strong red vein can do, but its effects are lighter and longer lasting. As such, it’s the perfect option for frequent consumers who rely on Kratom as a mild pain reliever. Red Vein Bali is said to be a generations-old mixture of strains from Sumatra and Borneo. Though it is called Bali, this is probably because the region was a very popular spot for the trade and commerce of this strain, and not necessarily because it was ever grown there. Red Bali Kratom is the name for a strain of kratom, which has supposed origins in Bali, though not sure if it’s producers cultivate it there. The geographical conditions where the kratom is grown affect the plant more than the origins of a parent or distant ancestor.It’s seem to be very popular in smoke shops and online, as far as kratom strains go. You can find more information here about red bali kratom.
It’s noted for being more energizing or stimulating than other kratom strains. The main active compounds in kratom are mitragynine and it’s more potent metabolite 7-hydroxyl mitragynine. These alkaloids are responsible for its opiate like effects, as they are partial agonists to the Mu opioid receptors in the brain, the type of opioid receptor that’s responsible for the feelings of euphoria associated with opiates or endorphins.
It’s important to note that they’re only partial agonists, meaning that they elicit a stimulation to ones neurons that’s less than the stimulation ones endorphins would have when released.
Morphine, oxycodone, methadone are a few examples of Full agonists to the mu opioid receptor, and they cause stimulation at a level similar to that of ones own endorphins.
Kratoms partial agonist properties make it useful for treating pain without causing one to be too sedated, as well as for treating opiate addiction via its cravings for the high. Red Bali is widely available anywhere in the world, which makes it fairly affordable compared to rarer strains. In spite of this, there are still vendors out there who cut their powders with other substances to increase their profits. It’s essential that you order from a reliable source, which is why we always recommend The Golden Monk to our readers. After years of sampling Red Bali from dozens of different websites, we still find that TGM’s varieties are the most potent and consistent.
Multiple studies have been conducted on the effect of vitamin C supplements on colds. Their compilation by the Cochrane collaboration , an international coalition of scientists who perform meta-analyzes of all previously published studies, has shown that supplementation does not decrease the risk of catching this infection. Some studies have found that vitamin C can decrease the duration (not the intensity) of symptoms, but others have seen no healing effects. There is also no evidence that vitamin C would reduce the risk of pneumonia, according to another meta-analysis of the Cochrane collaboration .
The idea that vitamin C can help fight against colds and even against cancers was launched by the American chemist Linus Pauling in the 1970s. Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1954 for his discoveries on the nature of the chemical bonds between atoms, Pauling then improvised clinician and carried out several studies on vitamin C which he succeeded in publishing by playing with his aura of Nobel Prize. His claims were quickly contradicted, because his studies were very poorly done and proved absolutely nothing.
But the idea was launched, and the manufacturers and sellers of supplements and juice pounced on it like misery on the poor world, smelling the good windfall . Vitamin C is very easy to make, and very profitable! Many, many people have been taken in by their repeated ad nauseam claims.
Multiple studies on vitamin C have been published since, but the results follow one another and are similar: as soon as the studies become credible enough to provide solid evidence, they find no beneficial effect on vitamin C other than for healing scurvy – the disease caused by vitamin C deficiency. Neither infections, cardiovascular disease, nor cancer can be prevented by vitamin C.
There are no studies to suggest that vitamin C could prevent COVID-19. But could it help cure the sick?
In China, some doctors have given massive doses of vitamin C to critically ill COVID-19 patients. Now is the time for New York doctors to try. But in fact, no study, even anecdotal, has reported any benefit from this kind of treatment. Finding that some patients felt better after these injections proves absolutely nothing, since the improvement in their state of health could be linked to something else entirely.
In February, Chinese researchers launched a clinical trial of massive injections of vitamin C in people in intensive care, a trial that sellers and fans of vitamin C immediately echoed. It has even been rumored that the State of Shanghai has made this treatment compulsory, which is absolutely false! Launching a clinical trial does not prove that this is a particularly interesting track, especially in the current context where dozens of trials on drugs and natural products have started in the last few weeks, because funding is not lacking. Until the results have been published, this does not indicate anything.
If we rely on a study published last October, the chances of it working even seem slim. For this study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers analyzed the effects of injecting vitamin C into patients in septic shock or acute respiratory distress, hospitalized in intensive care in seven American hospitals. None of the 167 patients who participated in the study had COVID-19 since the analyzes were carried out between 2014 and 2017, but they had the same kind of problems as those who are now stricken with coronavirus . From a scientific point of view, this is a solid experience, since it is a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. Result? The vitamin C injection had no effect.
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