COVID-19: Nutraceutical and Botanical


COVID-19: Nutraceutical and Botanical Recommendations for Patients

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or uniformly successful treatments for COVID-19. However, emerging research on several specific botanical and nutraceutical agents is promising, as such agents can improve the body’s ability to fight off and recover from the illness.

Beneficial botanical and nutraceutical agents are listed below, along with dosing recommendations from your Functional Medicine practitioner.

For more information on these recommendations, please consult your practitioner directly. 

NUTRACEUTICAL OR BOTANICAL AGENT

BENEFITS 

ENHANCES IMMUNE SYSTEM

DECREASES VIRAL GROWTH

 

REDUCES SYMPTOMS

Curcumin 

500-1,000 mg, 2x daily

Curcumin has been shown to reduce inflammation and decrease viral activity for COVID-19.

 

 

 

 

Quercetin

Regular: 1,000 mg orally, 2x daily Phytosome: 500mg, 2x daily

Quercetin is found in fruits and vegetables and has a wide range of benefits, including decreasing viral growth.

 

 

 

 

 

Zinc (gluconate preferred) 

30-60 mg orally, daily

A large body of research shows that zinc has strong anti-viral properties against many viruses.

 

 

 


 

Allicidin® (60 caps)

Premier Research Labs' Allicidin™ provides a compound found in garlic ... one month days if you follow the recommended dosage of one capsule twice daily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N-Acetylcysteine (NAC)

600-900 mg, 2x daily

N-acetylcysteine
promotes the production
of glutathione, a potent antioxidant that supports immune function. It also reduces the severity of the flu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin D

5,000 IU orally, daily

Vitamin D enhances immune system function, reduces viral growth, and can reduce upper respiratory infections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitamin A

10,000-25,000 IU, daily

Vitamin A is anti- inflammatory, enhances immune function, and supports the lining of the respiratory tract.

 

 

 

Vitamin C

1-3 g orally, daily

Vitamin C contributes
to immune defense by supporting various cellular functions of the immune system. Vitamin C has been used in hospital ICUs to treat COVID-19 infection.

 

 

 

Melatonin

5-20 mg, taken at bedtime

In addition to promoting restful sleep, melatonin has been shown to reduce inflammation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEA (Palmitoylethanolamide) 90 vegcaps

300 mg orally, 2x daily (prevention); 600-900 mg, 3x daily for 2 weeks (treatment)

PEA is a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agent that has been shown to improve outcomes in acute respiratory disease and influenza.

 

 

 

 

 

Elderberry

(Sambucus nigra) 500 mg orally, daily. 

Elderberry is packed with vitamin C, dietary fiber, and antioxidants. It has been used extensively in the prevention of influenza.