One of the most interesting thoughts we’ve encountered throughout this crisis is the number of people who are scared to contract a virus with a remarkably high recovery rate (99.6% in Americans under 65 years of age as of Sep 6, 2021). While we understand that fear of the unknown and how the media and government officials have played upon that fear have inhibited medical logic, the empirical evidence supports the existence of much better prevention and mitigation strategies than social distancing and masking.
In March of 2021, my research team took the liberty of collecting, organizing, and publishing hundreds of references in this wide-ranging, peer-reviewed magnum opus, COVID-19: Restoring Public Trust During A Health Crisis. Peer-reviewed scientific literature and clinical evidence overwhelmingly supports the use of nutrition to prime the immune system in anticipation of exposure to this new virus, so that immune cells are ready to perform at their optimal efficiency.
An immune system that is nutritionally primed stands a better chance at minimizing both severity and duration of infection, while simultaneously helping prevent negative outcomes such as hospitalization and death. It is no accident that, according to the CDC’s 2016 NHANES studies, which measure nutrient deficiencies, Americans have been deficient in key immunological nutrients for decades.
65-95% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D
60-84% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin E
37-46% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin C
35-45% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin A
11-15% of Americans are deficient in Zinc
As a result of deficiencies in these essential nutrients for optimal immune performance, the body is unable to make a sufficient amount of several antioxidants used to support the immune response…most notably Glutathione.
Here’s an article with 5 references demonstrating Glutathione deficiency in severe cases of COVID, as well as information on 6 other key nutrients relative to immune priming and degredation of the injurious spike protein.
And, while more data has been published with respect to Dandelion Leaf, Black Elderberry, Turmeric, and Garlic with respect to treatment potential, this preprint manuscript from Dr. Sabine Hazan demonstrates how important Bifidobacterium are in helping prevent severe cases of COVID.
With this information, we can now explore the key nutrients for immune priming and their mechanism of action.
Vitamin D – Coordinates Immune Response, Stimulates Antimicrobial Peptides, Cytokines and Immune Cell Proliferation.
Vitamin E – Antioxidant. Protects Healthy Cells. Enhances B And T Cell Response.
Vitamin C – Antioxidant. Protects Healthy Cells Including Activated Immune Cells. Antiviral. Increases Systemic Interferon Response And Serum Antibody Levels.
Vitamin A – Coordinates Cellular Immune Response, Promotes Immune Cell Proliferation, Enhances Mucosal Integrity.
Zinc – Essential For Binding Capacity And Optimizing Lethality Of Immune Cells. Promotes Antiviral Enzyme Blocking Viral Replication.
Quercetin – Zinc Ionophore, Essential For Helping Zinc Get Into Cells. Enhances Nerve Conduction & Perception. Green Tea Also Has Zinc Ionophore Capability.
Bifidobacterium – Probiotic, Essential For Healthy Microbiome & Management Of Pro-Inflammatory Response Post-Infection. Calms Anxiety.
Additional Consideration – Multivitamin With Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) 100mg Or Higher Per Serving To Drive ATP Energy Production. ATP Energy Production Maximizes The Cellular Effectiveness Of The Aforementioned Nutrients And Overall Immunological Response.
Energy Production Leads To Enzyme Production. Enzyme Production Leads To Optimized Immunological Response.