Obviously, there is much concern about getting exposed to the coronavirus COVID-19. It is felt to be 30-60 times more lethal than the typical flu. People over the age 60 and people with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart conditions are more vulnerable to getting severely ill.
As you know, many Americans will be exposed to COVID-19 over the next year, especially in the next 3 to 4 months. With many people in the U.S. getting sick, a top CDC official said people over 60 and anyone with chronic medical conditions should buckle down for a lengthy stay at home, including those with Type II Diabetes.
The primary defense against COVID-19 is a person’s own immune system, which explains why people with compromised immune systems are most at risk. Now, more than ever, your immune system needs to be strong. You also need to follow good hand hygiene.
The following are supplements that will help build your immune system, fight the flu and help with many other disorders:
For daily maintenance, I recommend the following Platt Wellness vitamins:
Take 2-Ultra K2 with D3 (each capsule provides 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 along with 180 mcg of vitamin K2) which is a combined total of 10,000 IU’s.
If you are exposed in public areas and people, I recommend the following:
Take 2-Vitamin D3 (10,000 IU’s) and 1-Ultra K2 with D3 - Combined total of 15,000 IU’s.
It is recommended that people who have not been on vitamin D should start with our Vitamin D3 Max which is 50,000 IU per capsule for seven days.
A therapeutic strength of vitamin D3 will prevent the flu, as well as most colds. At the same time, vitamin D3 has been shown to prevent about 26 different cancers, with breast cancer at the top of the list, and it has other significant benefits. Many of these are related to the fact that it is a prohormone, rather than a vitamin. In high doses it prevents Type II diabetes, prevents dementia, helps with depression, and helps to eliminate osteoporosis. In addition, this strength of Vitamin D3 prevents sunburns, as well as the risk of skin cancer.
Normal vitamin D levels are stated to be between 30 and 100. My feeling is they don't really know what a normal level of vitamin D should be. It appears that most of us have lost the ability to convert sunlight into vitamin D. Studies done in Hawaii and Costa Rica have indicated that residents there all have low vitamin D levels. In my own practice in Southern California I never had a patient with a normal vitamin D level who was not taking vitamin D.
As a reminder, you should always take vitamin K2 when taking vitamin D to prevent calcium from calcifying blood vessels. Vitamin K2 has many of the same benefits as vitamin D. In addition, it actually takes calcium out of blood vessels and puts it into bones. The minimum dose of vitamin K2 is 180 mcg. In addition, you should avoid using gelcaps of vitamin D3 because oil impairs the absorption of vitamin D. As stated above, vitamin D is not a fat-soluble vitamin.
Those wishing to have more information about supplements to help build the immune system may be interested in the following recommendations.
Lipospheric Vitamin C – 1,000 mg. This is equivalent to taking 8,000 mg of vitamin C tablets. It helps prevent lung complications caused by the COVID-19 virus.
Zinc – 50 mg. Increases proliferation of immune cells.
Alpha Lipoic Acid – 1200 mg a day. Boosts a Type I interferon response for the immune system.
Resveratrol – 100 mg. Inhibits replication of the influenza virus.
Selenium 200 mcg. Prevents viral mutation.
The above supplements are all available on our website. Other supplements that may be useful are available in health food stores or on the internet: elderberry, spirulina, beta-glucan, and NAC.
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Michael E. Platt, M.D., has been board-certified in internal medicine. He has an office in Palm Desert, CA, devoted to wellness, hormones, and supplements. He provides answers to questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is known nationally and internationally as a specialist in bio-identical hormones. He is also the author of “The Miracle of Bio-identical Hormones”, “Adrenaline Dominance”, and “The Platt Protocol for Hormone Balancing” – a wellness manual for healthcare practitioners.