I have always advocated MODALITY OPTIMIZATION as the best way to manage health. This site deals with many necessary MODALITIES. Here we discuss one important one, Quercetin OPTIMIZATION. You may never have heard of this word, but the natural nutrients are well known!
In this Corona Virus debacle strategic OPTIMIZATION has become not only important but a necessity!
It does not take long to do the mental inventory for the optimization of your Health. The contents of QUERCETIN are important particularly if ingested naturally.
One can take a Quercetin supplement, but the efficiency of ingestion is about 1%!
Key is the continual repetition of these flavonoids over time and that means discipline and the easiest source are berries. Unfortunately, general ignorance, including massive misinformation is not helpful.
This ranges from the WHO to local health officials just compounding the consequences of this Pandemic.
So far, at the time of this writing, 4 months into the pandemic, approximately 200,000 persons have died from COVID-19 and without current preventative measures, that number would undoubtedly be significantly higher. Which of those measures are truly effective and which are just an exercise in futility can be left for history to decide.
Without being heartless and for context these numbers should be contrasted for example to an excess of 400,000 dying yearly from Malaria. Closer to North America some Million deaths from Prescription, Pharmacy, Medical and Hospital mistakes! These latter numbers should have themselves driven a declared crisis to be dealt with for some time now. However, politically the incentive just was not there.
In reality, the world has been warned to prepare for Pandemics for some years.
Those responsible for ensuring that our hospitals have the appropriate equipment should be accountable.
This means PPE equipment, including basic and specialized masks and protective head screens for those actually treating patients.
Plus the NON-absence of necessary equipment, such as respirators for such a pandemic. This could amount to criminal responsibility!
However, all this is hidden in bureaucratic double talk. If it was a private person they would be ‘Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered’!
Wishful thinking that a satisfactory virus vaccination will soon be found is sad. The failure to understand what works as a treatment for this virus and does not is also disheartening.
It seems that COVID-19 is essentially inflicting the equivalent of altitude sickness. Like being dropped off at base camp Everest and expecting easy breathing! It is an oxygen shortage and this is crippling to older persons and those who are health compromised.
But one thing we can do is to maximize at least our immune system to fight off the virus in the first place. Remember that Quercetin is just one Modality. It is not a complete answer in itself.
Quercetin is a powerful immune booster and broad-spectrum antiviral.
Inhibits the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which may be seriously beneficial since serious COVID-19 infection and subsequent death appears to be due to the equivalent of a cytokine storm.
Also, an interesting fact that a derivative of quercetin has been shown to provide broad-spectrum protection against a wide range of viruses, including SARS.
Canadian and Chinese researchers are even now collaborating on a study to assess the effectiveness of quercetin against COVID-19 infection
There are other nutraceuticals perhaps also useful in the prevention of coronavirus infection.
These include NAC, spirulina, beta-glucan, glucosamine, selenium, zinc, lipoic acid and sulforaphane. Look at this site to determine what this means! For example, sulforaphanes include particularly raw cauliflower!
And finally, I am a great believer in the preventative and protective effects of vitamin D. For coronavirus specifically, there is plenty of data showing it’s an important component in the prevention and treatment of influenza and upper respiratory tract infections.
Canadian researchers Michel Chrétien and Majambu Mbikay began investigating quercetin in the aftermath of the SARS epidemic across 26 countries in 2003.
They found a derivative of quercetin providing broad-spectrum protection against a wide range of viruses, including SARS.
The Ebola outbreak in 2014 also provided another opportunity to investigate quercetin’s antiviral powers. It was found to be effective prevention in mice, “even when administered only minutes before infection.”
So, when the COVID-19 outbreak was announced in Wuhan City, China, in late December 2019, Chrétien contacted colleagues in China with an offer to help.
In February 2020, Chrétien and his team received an official invitation to begin clinical trials.
What really helps is that the US FDA has already approved Quercetin safe for human consumption.
Even though this is a Canadian and Chinese collaboration, one would think that Canada was on another planet when it even comes to any discussion of what may be protective or helpful! Anti Viral Quercetin a COVID-19 Spoiler?