Some people have severe or prolonged symptoms after getting COVID-19, and others suffer from various vaccine injuries after receiving the COVID-19 vaccines. What nutrients can alleviate these injuries?
In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, vitamins have been instrumental. Almost every vitamin discovered was accompanied by a Nobel Prize, and they have solved many major health problems for the human race.
Vitamin D receptors are found on immune cells in the human body. When vitamin D binds to immune cell receptors, it regulates the expression of genes in immune cells and suppresses inflammatory cells through gene regulation. Therefore, vitamin D can regulate autoimmune diseases, such as lupus erythematosus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Vitamin D deficiency has become a widespread phenomenon due to the increase in the amount of time people spend indoors. And according to Dr. Jingduan Yang, director of Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine, in his clinical experience, 90 percent of patients are vitamin D deficient.
How do we supplement vitamin D?
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is better absorbed when consumed with foods that contain lipids. Vitamin D is stored in adipocytes after entering the body and is slowly released.
Fish Oil for Vaccine InjuriesFish oil contains an important ingredient, omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids, which have a strong antioxidant effect and can also block the binding of SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins and ACE2 receptors in cells.
The spike proteins have to bind to the receptors of human cells in order to damage the cells. So by blocking the binding of spike proteins, omega-3 fatty acids can protect cells.
Omega-3 and omega-6 are both unsaturated fatty acids that require dietary intake and cannot be synthesized by the human body. The optimal intake ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 is 1:4.
However, since the modern Western diet is high in omega-6, the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 has reached 1:14 or even 1:24.
Omega-6 has the effect of promoting inflammatory responses, which is perhaps one of the reasons why there are a lot of chronic inflammation and chronic diseases. However, the inflammatory responses are self-protective responses of the human body, such as fever and coughing, so we should not artificially control them, unless as a last resort.
We can try to keep the balance between the two fatty acids.
There are many types of fish oil in the market, which ones should we choose?
Fish produce fish oil by eating marine plankton, such as krill and algae. Therefore, there is also krill oil and algae fish oil on the market, but they are both expensive.
The second type of fish oil is directly extracted from captured fish, so it’s natural wild fish oil with the advantage of not having been chemically processed. However, it is difficult to control its omega-3 content, and there is a risk of contamination by seawater.
82 Percent of Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19 Lack Vitamin CVitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, has many functions: it can prevent and treat scurvy, be used as an antioxidant, relieve upper respiratory tract infections, shorten hospital stays, reduce the risk of death, and inhibit viral and bacterial replications.
Vitamin C supplementation is effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and helps treat long COVID symptoms and COVID-19 vaccine injuries.
Zinc Can Stop Viral Replication and Is Associated With Many COVID-19 DrugsZinc is also extremely important to our body, as it provides our body with over 300 types of enzymes. Enzymes are needed to catalyze various important biochemical reactions in our body, and they play a very important role in keeping us healthy.
In the fight against COVID-19, zinc has another role: it can enter the cells to stop the replication and transcription of the SARS-COV-2 virus. Some effective COVID-19 drugs, such as hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, and the flavonoid quercetin, have the ability to promote the entry of zinc into the cells, thus blocking the replication of the virus.
There is a clinical disease called pyrroluria, an epigenetic disease in which the patients produce excessive amounts of pyrrole uric acid in their bodies. Excess pyrrole uric acid causes a large amount of zinc to be excreted in the urine. Patients are prone to anxiety and nervousness, and their moods fluctuate greatly, while their immune function decreases.
Probiotics Guard the Intestinal Tract and Enhance the Immune SystemThere is also another element–probiotics. What exactly are probiotics, and what are their benefits to our health?
The number of bacteria in our intestinal tract is enormous, and they resemble various tiny countries within our body.
Probiotics play many roles in our intestinal tract. They can protect the mucous membrane of our intestines, and promote the metabolism, transformation, and absorption of food. Damage to the intestinal tract’s health will affect our body’s absorption of nutrients and lead to the body’s inability to defend against harmful substances, resulting in immune diseases. Therefore, probiotics can play an important role in protecting our immune system. And we can also intake probiotics from many natural foods.
Furthermore, the balance of our gut microbiome is also very important. Besides keeping probiotics well-replenished, we should also keep them diverse, so that they can suppress many bad bacteria in the body that may cause infections. Therefore, if you find yourself with chronic allergic reactions of autoimmune diseases, joint pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and other problems, you should consider whether or not it is related to the imbalance of the intestinal microbiome.
There are many types of probiotics. The answers to the questions of which probiotics to choose and how much to supplement vary from person to person.
There is a branch of modern medicine called functional medicine, which recognizes the relationship between the gastrointestinal tract functions and the health of the whole body.
Traditional Chinese medicine has a profound understanding of the regulation of the spleen and stomach and the health of the intestinal tract, and modern medicine is increasingly aware of the importance of the digestive system. Therefore, Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine are not two different medical disciplines. Instead, they are just different levels of medical understanding–traditional Chinese medicine is aware of the energy level, while Western medicine is developing in the structural and biochemical aspects.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have gradually learned how to take care of their own health, and the most important method of which is a healthy lifestyle and dietary habits, which help maintain our physical, mental, and spiritual health.