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Default Coronavirus, cold, flu, Parkinson's and vitamin C.

There are a large number of randomised controlled intervention trials with intakes of up to 1 g of vitamin C and up to 30 mg of zinc. These trials show that adequate intake of vitamin C and zinc improves symptoms and shortens the duration of respiratory infections, including the common cold -and reduce the incidence and improve the outcome of pneumonia, malaria, and diarrhea infections- (Wintergerst 2006).

(Dr. Eva S. Wintergerst works for the famous multinational pharmaceutical company Bayer. Her publication is entitled "Immune-enhancing role of vitamin C and zinc and effect on clinical conditions".)

Friends of Neurotalk:

Parkinson's patients, like all patients, should be more careful. AND BE ATTENTIVE TO THE INDICATIONS OF THEIR SPECIALISTS.

IN ADDITION TO FOLLOWING ALL THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE AUTHORITIES, there are two points in which I believe we can help our community of patients and families:

1) Prevention.

For 100 years it has been known that certain vitamins and nutrients raise defenses and act as antivirals, natural antibiotics (the abundant and marginalized medical literature is mentioned at the end of this text). Common sense tells us that the better we have our "defenses", the better we will face prevention and in case of having symptoms, the better we will reach the medical treatment they indicate (many people experience a general malaise, as with the flu every year).

2) Strengthen the body before a possible treatment, with vitamin C and other nutrients (and the doctor's approval).

I'm not a doctor, that´s why I do follow some of the best experts in the world. There are hundreds of studies and dozens of books by cardiologists, oncologists, general practitioners, etc., on the medicinal virtues of vitamin C from foods and supplements. My favorite, Dr. Harri Hemila, WORLD EXPERT IN RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS AND VITAMIN C. He has published Cochrane reviews, etc. He belongs to the Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Harri Hemila home page

I have experienced it in myself. I have been taking vitamin C for 15 years to control my allergic asthma. Without stopping seeing my pulmonologist if I have any crises, of course. Vitamin C boosts the immune system, acts as a natural antihistamine, has antiviral and antibacterial properties, etc.

Some of the treasures available:

- Green tea and ginger as antivirals.
- Vitamin C as the main "antidote" for almost everything. Combining food and supplements is a good option.
- Raw garlic as a natural antibiotic (Russian "penicillin").
- Drink plenty of water. Respiratory infusions such as thyme to keep your lungs in the best possible condition.
- A healthy diet, rich in oranges, lemonade, kiwis, spinach, etc., can prevent and improve the general condition, especially if we cannot receive immediate medical assistance.

3) The example of strong coffee as an emergency measure in asthma crises.

When it is said that a cup of strong coffee can save your life in an asthmatic crisis... the second part is missing, while medical assistance is being obtained. A soft coffee is not, but one or two cups of well loaded coffee (the dose is the key, without overdoing it) acts as a vasodilator of the bronchi and many pulmonologists recommend it or warn their patients for extreme cases. Not as a substitute for anything, but as a potentially life-saving measure in the event of not having immediate access to medical help. It's science and common sense, not quackery.

4) The properties of vitamin C

Vitamin C is the enemy of pneumonia, of allergic reaction focused on the lungs (histamine, cytokines, etc.). This has been known since the 1920s and 1930s.

In fact, the main cause of death in scurvy cases was pneumonia in the lungs due to severe lack of viyamine C (which the body spent on fighting to maintain health).

There are natural vitamin C enhancers: zinc, lemon bioflavonoids, etc.

In pharmacies they sell effervescent vitamin C with zinc and vitamin D for defenses, colds and flu. You cannot take more than 2-4 grams a day because, unfortunately, it contains aspartame as a sweetener.

I remember that the prestigious neurologist Staney Fahn carried out a study in 1992 giving his patients 3 grams of vitamin C daily for a year. In any case, it is important to consult the doctor or pharmacist for each specific case (age, diseases, medications, etc.).

Since the beginning of the 20th century, pneumonia has been known to be the main problem in viral respiratory infections, from the 1918 flu to the last SARS or coronavirus, it seems.

If anyone wants to go deeper, they have Google, Pubmed...

Prudence, not fear. The best medicine.


Common cold, different types of flu and vitamin C.

"The role of vitamin C in the treatment
of the common cold should be reconsidered."

Hemila 1994

"The 21 placebo-controlled studies published since 1970
who used 1 gram or more of vitamin C have reported
of a decrease in the severity of symptoms (23 % less)
or in the duration of episodes of the common cold".

Hemila 1995

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) has antiviral activity. Vitamin C has been shown to be an essential factor in the production of the antiviral immune response during the early phase of viral infection through

1.- The production of interferons type I (Kim 2013), increases the activity of "natural killer" (NK) cells and cytotoxic T lymphocytes (Madhusudana 2004).
Studies have indicated that ascorbic acid decreases the capacity of viral infection or replication for both RNA and DNA viruses (Jariwalla 1996; Byun 2011).
Ascorbic acid can detoxify viral products that produce pain and inflammation (Harakek 1990).

Several studies report that infectious diseases rapidly accelerate the reduction of vitamin C and greatly increase the vitamin C requirement (Pauling 1971; Levy 2002).

Oral vitamin C supplements in doses above 3 g can prevent and treat respiratory and systemic infections (Carr and Maggini 2017).

High doses of IV (intravenous) vitamin C have been shown to be effective against viral infections (González 2018) such as

- the rhinovirus of the common cold (Hemila and Herman, 1995);
- the H1N1 bird flu virus (Ely 2007);
- the Chikungunya virus (Gonzalez 2014; Marcial-Vega 2015);
- the Zika virus (Gonzalez 2016);
- the influenza virus (Vargas-Magne 1963; Zarubaeva 2017).

The role of vitamin C in influenza seems to be similar to that of colds.

A meta-analysis included nine randomised, placebo-controlled trials conducted from 1950 to 2001 (Anderson 1974, 1972, 1975; Audera 2001; Elwood 1977; Tyrrell 1977; Lewis 1975; Karlowski 1975; Cowan 1950). They studied the effect of vitamin C on common colds with supplementation at therapeutic doses. They arrived at common results: vitamin C reduces the duration, shortens the days without going out and relieves symptoms such as chest pain, fever, chills (Ran 2018).

So when you read or hear someone say that there are no studies or scientific evidence, you know... It will be debatable this or that aspect, but that there are no studies or evidence ...


It's always very important that you get good information from your doctor and pharmacist.
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