Vitamin C is an incredibly potent antioxidant. When taken intravenously or orally, it has been shown to drastically reduce the length of many illnesses. In fact, a 2017 study of 148 other studies found that vitamin C may alleviate or prevent infections caused by bacteria, viruses and protozoa. High doses of vitamin C were used in Wuhan to treat the novel coronavirus.
Vitamin C does not just protect your body from free radicals, it also regenerates other antioxidants (such as vitamin E), giving you an even better defense.
Remember that vitamin C shouldn’t come from sugary orange drinks – the processed ingredients can negate the positive effects from the vitamin.
Multiple epidemiological studies have demonstrated that vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased risk and greater severity of infection, particularly of the respiratory tract. This may be the reason we tend to be more susceptible to illnesses during the winter months, as the majority of our vitamin D intake comes from the sun.
Vitamin D works by building up mucosal defenses in the lungs, which in essence coat the lungs so that the virus can’t stick.
N-Acetyl Cysteine is an amino acid which can be used for many restorative effects, including anti-aging, exercise recovery and the treatment of respiratory illnesses caused by viruses. It is used by the body in the production of glutathione, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants in our bodies.
If you take more N-Acetyl Cysteine, your body can make more glutathione, which leads to less oxidative stress and damage to the lungs. This means that you get better quicker, heal faster and even prevent illnesses entirely if you take it regularly.
Oregano oil has long been used as a treatment for fevers and respiratory illnesses, and contains several potentially healing compounds, including carvacrol. In a research study, it was found that carvacrol may inhibit viral binding in the body, helping you to fight off illnesses.
Alongside this, oregano oil as a throat spray with other botanicals (such as eucalyptus, peppermint and rosemary essential oils) reduces the symptoms of sore throat, hoarseness and coughs.