Top 3 Natural Antiviral Approaches to Protect Yourself

Interview: Dr. Michael Evangel

Dr. Michael S. Evangel, Chiropractic Physician, is the owner of the Chiropractic Wellness Center in Ramsey, NJ. For over 30 years, his mission is to provide state of the art, high-quality care to people of all ages. 

 

What Dr. Micheal Evangel Can Say in an Interview
on 3 Important Natural Supplements:

The following supplements are my top three choices for bolstering the immune system to protect the body from viruses, including SARS- CoV-2:

1. Vitamin D   

Vitamin D regulates a minimum of 291 human genes. Vitamin D is vital for a robust immune system. 

The “cytokine storm” that has been associated with severe COVID-19 cases has been shown to occur to a much greater extent with patients having lower vitamin D levels. A cytokine storm is an overreaction of the immune system that can fill the lungs with fluid. 

Vitamin D has many other benefits, including building strong bones and teeth, fighting depression, and numerous cardiovascular benefits. In addition to being antiviral, vitamin D is also antibacterial and can help accelerate healing.

Examples: Many fish are good sources of vitamin D, but getting out in the sunshine is in my opinion the best source!

Research

The role of Vitamin D in the prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 infection and mortality

2. Zinc

Zinc inhibits the enzyme that is needed for SARS-CoV-2 to replicate. If the virus can’t replicate, it can’t get a hold on the body or infect others. The enzyme that the coronavirus needs to replicate is an RNA polymerase, which is also called an RNA replicase. 

Zinc also inhibits inflammation, is antibacterial and antifungal. Some studies indicate that zinc can help regulate blood sugar, has antioxidant properties, and can even aid in cancer treatment.  

Examples: Oysters, poultry and spinach are all high in zinc.

Research

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32319538/

3. Quercetin

Quercetin is a plant pigment called a flavonoid. It is also a zinc ionophore, which means that it allows zinc to enter cells more rapidly. When that happens, zinc can better inhibit the replication of SARS-CoV-2.  

Quercetin also fights free radicals, reduces inflammation, can potentially help with allergies, and may lower high blood pressure. 

Examples: Capers, goji berries, asparagus and kale are rich in quercetin. 

Research

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25050823/ 

There are also many other great supplements that can help to bolster immunity. Vitamin C and N-Acetyl- L-Cysteine are just two of them. Eating fermented foods that are rich in probiotics and prebiotic fiber is also very important, since a healthy immune system is dependent on a healthy gut microbiome. 

 

Available for Interviews: Dr. Michael Evangel

Dr. Michael S. Evangel owner of Chiropractic Wellness Center. His practice specializes in treating a variety of conditions, from clinical nutrition to chronic low back and neck pain, to rehabilitation following an accident or injury. Other focuses include improving your diet, what supplements to take, avoiding toxins, creating a healthier workplace, and increasing the overall quality of your health. Dr. Evangel is a former science teacher with master’s degree in environmental health.

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