Smoking, poor lifestyle and not taking enough nutrients make up a large part of the population suffering from vitamin C deficiency.
Every year more than 1 million people are affected by flu and 1 lakh people die. Similarly, Covid-19, caused by SARS-CoV 2, is similar to the severe flu. The only difference is that flu treatment guidelines have been established whereas, in the case of Covid-19, there is a debate about it. This virus can be present in the air for three hours and remains in the air. It comes out when the infected person exhales, sneezes or coughs.
Finally, like any viral infection, our immune system has to get rid of it. This fact has been confirmed by countries like South Korea where thousands of tests were done and it was found that half the people got the infection and they came out without showing any symptoms. The reason for this was to strengthen their immune system, which fixed the virus before it could do any bad effect.
In India too many people have been tested positive but they do not show any symptoms. There is only a small proportion of people (on average about 5 per cent) in which there was already co-morbidity which causes them trouble and this is a serious problem and in need of ICU care.
Vitamin C Roll in Covid-19
Vitamin C was recognized in the early 20th century by Albert Szent-Gyorgi, whose deficiency leads to scurvy. Scurvy was initially linked to pneumonia, suggesting that scurvy may also have an effect on pneumonia.
In the 1970s, Nobel laureate Linus Pauling popularized the use of vitamin C supplements to treat colds. The reason behind this is that when an animal goes through a disease, they produce vitamin C inside them. Humans have lost its ability. That is why we lose this essential nutrient. It cannot be stored in the body and it needs to be taken daily so that sufficient levels are maintained. Along with this, a large part of the population suffers from vitamin C deficiency due to smoking, poor lifestyle and not taking enough nutrients.
In the 1950s and 1960s, there was a lot of study on vitamin C deficiency, which found that taking less vitamin C requires longer hospitalization. Therefore, it is suggested to take 4 to 6 grams of vitamin C per day. A study has shown that taking such vitamins reduces the symptoms of cold and flu by 85 percent. For those who think that they can get vitamin C from fruits, it is important to understand that 1 gram of vitamin C is available from 20 oranges and it is impossible to take.
How does vitamin C work?
In the case of Covid-19, the main cause of lung damage is more free radicals and oxidative stress due to non-functioning of the immune system. This happens in an attempt to eliminate the virus. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize the lungs by neutralizing these free radicals. When there is no balance between the oxidant and the anti-oxidant, damage occurs and the disease of the patients worsens. By taking enough vitamin C, we can increase our body’s antioxidant status.
Many hospitals in New York, China and Shanghai have started using Intravenous Vitamin C to use serious patients in Corna. From here the evidence is showing better results.
(Its author is Senior Integrative Medicine Consultant of Mirakle Wellness Clinic of Pollachi. This is for information only. Consult a medical professional for taking any medicines etc.)
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