One disturbing thing that I noticed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is the main focus on mitigation and finding the cure, whether through a vaccine, hydroxychloroquine, or convalescent plasma. To date, not too many doctors in the media are talking about natural ways of preventing or treating COVID-19 infections. In many cases, they tend to be disdainful of natural remedies, including Dr. Fauci, Director of the CDC. Not too surprisingly, Dr. Mercola has lots to say about this issue, with a number of common-sense recommendations.
The Science Behind Zinc
Let’s start with zinc, which is a common essential mineral that we see in our vitamin tablets. It turns to that it’s vital when it comes to fighting viral infections. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is one of the most respected evidence-based reviewers of medical literature. In 2013, they reviewed 18 studies combining 1781 subjects comparing zinc vs. placebo. They found that taking zinc reduces the average duration of the average cold in healthy individuals by up to 2 days, depending on how it was taken and total dosage. They also concluded that prophylactic supplementation can significantly lower rates of common viral infections, school absences, and need for antibiotic use.
Zinc is an important messenger for immune cells and free zinc inside the cells is needed for signaling. It’s also known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The problem is that zinc has a hard time passing through the cell’s wall which is made of fat. To help zinc pass through the cell wall, substances called zinc ionophores are needed. Quercitin and epigallocatechin-gallate (EGCG). Quercitin is is a flavonoid antioxidant that’s found in plants, such as foods such as tomatoes, berries, leafy greens and broccoli. EGCG is found in green tea and various fruits and nuts. Both quercetin and EGCG have properties that inhibits the viral 3CL protease enzyme, which the SARS coronavirus uses to infect cells. (Mercola 8-10).
In 2010, researchers from Leiden, Netherlands and Chapel Hill, North Carolina showed that zinc plus and a zinc-ionophore (pyrithione) can effectively block viral replication, including polio, influenza, and SARS-corona viruses in cell cultures. The same researchers used MgEDTA (a zinc binding agent), to reverse the anti-viral effects of zinc + pyrithione.
How Hydroxychloroquine May Work
What else is a zinc ionophore? Hydroxychloroquine. Although still controversial for treating COVID-19, this anti-malaria drug has known zinc transporter properties, improving zinc uptake in your body’s cells. Although not verified, a NY physician claims to have successfully treated 699 COVID-19 positive patients with a cocktail of chloroquine, zinc, and azythromycin (an antibiotic).
I’m not recommending that everyone go out and buy zinc supplements, but you can start with eating more zinc-rich foods. Examples include red meat, hemp, squash, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cheddar cheese, dark chocolate, legumes, nuts, dairy, eggs, whole grains, and shellfish such as crab, mussels and oysters (which has the highest content by far).
How Glyphosate Lowers Zinc
Now you may ask, how is glyphosate connected to all this? Glyphosate is the main ingredient in the weed killer, Roundup. It’s also heavily sprayed on the vast majority of our crops, especially on GMO foods. Besides antibacterial properties, one of the main pathways glyphosate uses to kill non-glyphosate resistant weeds and plants is its ability to bind essential minerals including iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, copper and zinc. All these elements have a 2+ charge. Many of these elements are essential for the Shikamate pathway production of essential amino acids in plants that we eat, as well as to promote healthy gut bacteria and proper digestion in our bowels. (For more information about the dangers of glyphosate, listen to my podcast.)
So no matter how much zinc and quercetin-rich foods you eat, if you also ingest glyphosate-contaminated foods, you won’t be able to absorb enough zinc into your bloodstream and ultimately into your cells. This is why it’s important to try to minimize eating non-organic, processed, GMO foods, which as more likely to have high glyphosate levels. It’s important to note that the heart “healthy” whole grain Cheerios breakfast cereal was found to have extremely high levels of glyphosate.
Think Prevention, Not Treatment
From what I saw in the COVID-19 ICU, the vast majority of admitted patients were extremely overweight and had multiple medical problems. Yes, there are rare reported exceptions, but I think it’s safe to say that the healthier you are (by eating healthy and minimize toxin exposures), the less likely you’ll become infected or have serious complications from any type of viral infection. For a list of simple steps you can take to avoid getting infected or to minimize any complications, please take a look at my blog and podcast on ways to combat the coronavirus.
What natural steps are you doing to stay healthy and prevent infections? I’d like to know. Please respond in the comments area below.
Note: Avoid using zinc inside your nose. It’s been associated with smell loss in some people.