Our immune cells can’t function without vitamin C and infections rapidly use it up, so it’s crucial to take enough on a daily basis and to take more—sometimes much, much more—during an infection. Your body will let you know when you’ve taken too much—you’ll exceed your “bowel tolerance” and get rumbling, gas, and eventually diarrhea.
We need vitamin C daily to strengthen our immunity: to prevent getting sick, to minimize an infection if we do get one.
When the body is under attack by a potent virus, vitamin C stores are rapidly depleted. If you’ve ever stopped a cold in its tracks with vitamin C by taking it “to bowel tolerance,” you’ve experienced that for yourself. Under normal circumstances, you may reach “bowel tolerance” (the amount of vitamin C needed to stimulate a bowel evacuation) with 10 grams of vitamin C, but in fighting off an infection, because the infection is rapidly depleting your vitamin C stores, it can take 50 grams or more to reach that goal.
Having adequate levels of vitamin D is crucial to keeping immune defenses strong. Vitamin D stimulates immune cells to produce their own highly effective antibacterial and antiviral substances, including the cathelicidins, powerful chemicals that kill invading bacteria, fungi and viruses.
At the same time that it makes the immune system stronger, vitamin D regulates the immune system, making it smarter. While inflammation is a necessary component of an immune attack on a virus or other pathogen, inflammation can easily get out of hand, causing massive destruction and even death. Vitamin D calms down the immune system, moderating inflammation so that it doesn’t become harmful.
While it isn’t a cure for the Coronavirus, you can’t have an optimally functioning immune system without sufficient stores of vitamin D.
It’s impossible to get levels like these following government recommendations. Most people need to take 5,000 IU per day or more to get their levels up and maintain them. During the summer months, if you can get 10-15 minutes of daily bright midday sun on your face and arms, you can make do with less.
Quercetin has positive effects on the immune system. It often works with vitamin C, but it has immune-boosting properties of its own, particularly as an anti-viral. Quercetin was found to provide broad-spectrum protection against the SARS coronavirus.
The way a virus spreads throughout the body is by entering (infecting) cells. Once it commandeers the cell, the virus “replicates”—that is, it multiplies itself—and sends new viruses out to infect more cells. By using zinc and quercetin together into our body cells, quercetin inhibits a virus’ ability to get into our cells; if a virus does make it into a cell, zinc inhibits its replication. Therefore, it’s important to take zinc and quercetin at the first sign of a viral infection.
Quercetin also reduces infected cells’ resistance to treatment with antiviral medication; it inhibits the abnormal clotting that affects many COVID-19 patients; and, as a powerful anti-inflammatory, it improves immune function by modulating inflammation.
Zinc is one of the foundation nutrients needed for building a strong immune system. Even a small deficiency can significantly impair immune function. Research over the past twenty years has shown that having adequate zinc reserves in cells inhibits replication of the coronavirus family of viruses, of which COVID-19 is a member. If a virus can’t replicate (reproduce itself), it can quickly and easily be eradicated by the immune system.
Zinc has also been shown to restore vigor to immune cells and to reduce excess inflammation. Controlling excess inflammation is extremely important in COVID-19 infections because it is excess inflammation in the lungs—the so-called “cytokine storm”— that causes death in severe cases.
With great vitamins assisting in the fight against any virus, comes great responsibility with your health. While COVID-19 is a powerful virus, and strategies to avoid it like social distancing and handwashing, strengthening the immune system is also crucial to surviving and thriving during this pandemic.
One reason the Coronavirus is ripping through the world’s population so ferociously is that collectively our immune competence is weak. So, we formulated a bundle that covers every single area of protection in your body. This bundle is called the Immune Builder!
Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Quercetin Pro, and Zinc all work together synergenically to bring an optimal boost that fuels your cells and helps protects against any virus. We need essential vitamins and minerals to build a healthy immune system, and we’re here to provide that protection for you.