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Vitamin C IV Therapy to Boost Immunity

Vitamin C IV Therapy to Boost Immunity during a Pandemic

By: Dr. Anne Truong

May 4, 2020

The corona virus known as Covid- 19, is taking the world by storm, spreading rapidly among communities and taking the lives of thousands of people. A person who believes he or she has this condition has to determine the right course of action for treatment. Traditional hospital settings may be necessary, but even in these areas, concerns exist in terms of how to effectively treat those with this infection and a lack of immunity in the community.

One surprising and potentially highly effective option is the use of Vitamin C. Long known for its immune system boosting abilities, it may be an option for some with corona virus if given in the right dosage and method. Studies are now indicating that Vitamin C given through an IV may be highly effective.

Why Vitamin C?

Vitamins and minerals that support the immune system are often lacking in many diets. Yet, some nutrients, such as Vitamin C, also have shown to be powerful antiviral treatments. For Vitamin C, this is not new information in that it has been used as a type of natural antiviral support and prevention tool for decades.

What research also suggests is that people who have an acute viral infection like this have a depletion of Vitamin C in their bodies. When this drops, the number of free radicals circulating the body increase and, in some cases, can grow at an alarming rate. This leads to cellular dysfunction. By supplementing that depletion with Vitamin C at a high enough dose, it may help to stop this depletion from leading to death through tissue damage.

Recommendations for Use

Though it is important to verify specific per person, the Japanese College of Intravenous Therapy states that Vitamin C dosages in 12.5mg and 25 mg is beneficial for acute viral infections. This includes influenza, the common cold, rubella, and virus mimetic infections such as sudden hearing loss and Bell’s palsy. When given during the early stages of the illness, when a person has mild symptoms, it is possible to see significant improvement. The larger dose can be given to those with more moderate to severe symptoms through an IV. This, done once a day for two to five days, can provide significant improvement.

A Treatment with Limited Risk

One of the key benefits to an IV therapy of Vitamin C is that there are few risks to consuming too much of the nutrient. Though there is some concern about the risk of kidney stone development, that is considered theoretical and not based on science. As a “harmless substance,” it provides a key potential treatment option that cannot be ignored, according to some experts.

What Should a Patient Do?

For those who suspect that they may have an infection, one step they can take is to visit a hospital or other medical provider with the capabilities and request just this type of treatment. Individuals should recognize this is an easy treatment that can provide significant improvement to many people who have the condition.

The Right to Try Act in the U.S. is one example of a patient’s right to receive the treatment he or she desires. It gives doctors the right to provide care that may not be considered a normal option. If the hospital states they cannot provide this level of care, that may not be accurate. Treatment options like this are available even if they are not the initial standard of care.

For people who are experiencing what they think is an infection, receiving care like IV therapy with Vitamin C may be an option. It is also important for individuals to recognize there is no natural immunity to this virus and that supporting the body’s natural immune system like this is critically important to not only fighting off the illness later but also ensuring that fewer people develop symptoms and complications from it.