US doctor on zinc and vitamin C during the coronavirus
Against the backdrop of an active search for drugs for the new coronavirus, as well as ways to prevent it, some researchers say that they will help COVID-19 vitamin C and zinc not to get sick.
True, an overdose of them and self-medication can have side effects, says a hospital doctor at the Montefiore Medical Center, which is located in the New York Bronx, Valentina Goloborodko. It is reported TNS
"There were two large studies with vitamin C. In one, its high doses reduced mortality in patients with sepsis, that is, with a very severe infection in general. The second study was a year ago, which confirmed the effectiveness of high doses of vitamin C intravenously in acute respiratory distress syndrome. Since coronavirus is observed in patients with both of these, there is reason to think that it will be effective in treating especially severe patients in intensive care ", - explained the doctor.
Goloborodko noted that it is currently testing exactly the administration of very high doses of vitamin C to patients with COVID-19. True, the test to identify its content is very expensive, so it will be cheaper to purchase dietary supplement with this vitamin and take it.
"To normalize the function of immunity, such people can also use vitamin C. Perhaps he protects a person from illness, simply because the immune system will work fine. But increased doses of vitamin C - there is no such data, they somehow prevent this disease.In addition, we will still excrete excess vitamin C with urine, it will not accumulate", - explained Valentina Goloborodko.
At the same time, she emphasized that when using vitamin C, it is necessary to remember the doses of administration.
"Doses of more than two grams per day can cause side effects - abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea. And even more - contribute to the formation of kidney stone. Our usual dose is about 75 mg per day," the doctor noted.
In addition, she said, in the past, studies have shown, which effectively slows down the replication of viruses that cause colds, also zinc. In particular, about 10 years ago, scientists found that it can inhibit the replication of the SARS virus, which is almost the twin of COVID-19. Опираясь на эти данные, есть надежда, что цинк-то предотвращать заболеваемости коронавирус или делать его ход легче.
"The lack of zinc in the body is a rare occurrence, but based on these studies, you can try to take small doses. It is also advisable to avoid the use of zinc sprays in the nose, since you can lose the smell of smell - it has such a side effect. And doses of more than 150 mg per day can be toxic," said Goloborodko.
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