The BhiotamainC4CovidCampaign, to date with the support of around 350 leading vitamin C researchers, doctors, healthcare professionals and nutritionists along with 5000+ signatories from around 60 countries, says evidence shows that high doses of vitamin C ingested or taken orally stop severe COVID -19 symptoms.
The UK-led campaign announces a review of 100+ vitamin C tests.Just published in Nutritionists– some specific to COVID-19; some specific to sepsis and wider respiratory issues – to support its cause.
The lead author of that review and VitaminC4Covid campaign leader Patrick Holford said that NutraIngredients’ vitamin C data were as robust as those for vitamin D and had the potential to reduce COVID-19 symptoms at low cost and “delete viral replication early ”.
“The essential level of COVID-19 is a direct result of an inflammatory reaction by the body’s immune system, similar to sepsis, which only occurs if there are a large number of deadly viruses,”Holford, founder of the Food for the Brain Foundation and author of 45 books with a focus on nutrition, said.
“Early prevention and rapid resolution of symptoms, as seen in cold studies taking 4 to 8 grams of vitamin C in the first 24 hours of disease, have the potential to stop the conversion to acute COVID, thus taking pressure off the National Health Service. ”
The NutritionistsA review was given to British Health Minister Matt Hancock as well as the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Risk Advisory Group (NERVTAG), the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) and the National Institute for Clinical Evidence (NICE).
Vitamin C data and deficiencies
Holford said the main focus of a campaign is to raise vitamin C levels in the elderly, for which an unbalanced percentage is simultaneously affected by COVID-19 and vitamin C.
It is seeking £ 10,000 (€ 11,000) to screen vitamin C levels in Welsh care home residents and £ 200,000 (€ 221,000) for a phase II clinical trial of care home residents to determine the dose and the time required to reach optimal vitamin C levels.
Randomized controlled trials in Spain and Wuhan, China showed a significant reduction in ICU admissions and mortality among hospitalized patients with COVID-19 when high-dose vitamin C was ingested.
“The irony is that Zhongnan Hopsital ran out of COVID patients before the end of April as a result of Chinese government shipping in 50 tons – 50 million 1g doses – into Wuhan on February 2nd and distribution to a hospital that not only gave hospital patients high doses of vitamin C, intravenously in ICUs, but also gave daily vitamin C to hospital staff, ”Holford said.
Professor David Smith of Oxford University’s Department of Pharmacology and Member of the VitaminC4Covid Scientific Advisory Board, said evidence was “rising”.that vitamin C treatment may be beneficial. ”
Dr Smith said: “… Around 30 trials are underway testing the therapeutic benefit of high-dose vitamin C in the late-stage Covid-19.”
Rob Verkerk PhD, founder, executive director and scientific directorAt the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) he went further, saying, “consideration should be given to doctors and other health professionals who avoid recommendations on vitamin C for the prevention and treatment of COVID disease, medically negligent. ”
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Holford called on food trade groups to support the campaign. “We need support to carry out further investigations. “
Graham Keen, executive director of the UK Association of Health Food Manufacturers (HFMA), said the initiative is being discussed with the HFMA Council today.
The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) current position on development states: “Micronutrients, such as vitamins D and C and zinc, are essential for a well-functioning immune system and play a vital role in promoting nutritional health and wellbeing. There is currently no guidance on the use of micronutrient additives as a treatment for COVID-19. ”
Holford, founder of the Institute for Optimal NutritionWith Nobel Prize-winning vitamin C researcher Linus Pauling, the campaign said it went beyond vitamin C or even the coronavirus pandemic.
“I hope that, within a year, governments and health authorities will have introduced vitamin C into prevention, early treatment and hospital treatment, not only for COVID-19 but for any viral pandemic. in the future.
“We have had 11 viral epilepsies in this century. The fact is that there will be more. Vaccines, depending on the species, are reactive. Vitamin C, along with vitamin D and zinc, is proactive. Maintaining a strong human immune system is a vital part of any antiviral strategy. ”