Boost the immune system

cherries for JuneHealth stores are doing a roaring trade at the moment, due to  Coronavirus and that’s because people who know about vitamins and herbal medicines are stocking up. So what are they buying?

Vitamin C:  has a reputation for fighting all viruses, and so it’s a daily essential. When you are healthy you only require 10mg of Vitamin C, because that’s all the body can absorb at once (it pees the rest out). When you are unwell the body is depleted of Vitamin C so you need much more.

How to take it: Cherry Active is made from Montmorency cherries and is packed with Vitamin C – take as a juice (which you can dilute and drink hot) or tablets.  Or you can buy capsules, tablets or gel Vitamin C.  See:See Vitamin C fights all viruses.

Cherry Active liquid made from Montmorency cherries. Delicious and packed with Vitamin C, Concentrate, 473ml, £17.15;  30 capsules.

Nature C Vitamin C tablets, made by A. Vogel. Chewable, tasty and made from food.

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Echinacea: is a herbal remedy that has the ability to boost the immune system and make you feel better. It was traditionally used by native Americans for many illnesses and infections, including snake bites.

Echinacea Hot Drink from A. Vogel  combines  fresh Echinacea root with herb extracts and Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) which is very warming and is claimed to prevent viruses entering cells of the body.

A. Vogel’s Echinaforce Echinacea Throat Spray moistens your throat and can prevent coughing.

A. Vogel Echinaforce Echinacea tincture, 50ml.

A. Vogel Echinaforce Echinacea tablets, 42.

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Zinc – 15 mg daily . Zinc is essential for a healthy immune system and may prevent viruses from entering cells which they need to do in order to multiply.

Bee Health, Vitamin C and Propolis, 60 tablets

Garlic – garlic is antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral and antibiotic. You can heavily lace your food with garlic, which will keep everyone away, not just the devil. Or you can take Allicin capsules – allicin is the active property in garlic that boosts the immune system. antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral and antibiotic.

Allicin Max Veg Caps, 30 – 180.

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Vitamin C fights all viruses

orangesIn China there is a trial going on with intravenous Vitamin C 24g or 24,000mg daily for 120 hospitalised coronavirus patients. We all know about Vitamin C and many take it when they are getting a cold. What is less known is that the NHS advises people to take 40mg a day, which is quite low. Supplements range in their strength but it’s quite common for people to take 500mg or 1,000 mg a day. There is not a problem with overdosing, because excess is excreted, but if someone is taking too much for their own body(as we all vary) they could have diarrhoea.

Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD, a US cardiologist, claims that Vitamin C can kill any virus if taken in the right quantities, including measles, mumps, rubella and  serious illnesses such as malaria, tetanus, dysentery, Ebola and many life-threatening viruses. To treat some of these with Vitamin C, it would need to be administered intravenously at high levels. This is hard to come by in Britain as it’s unlikely to be undertaken in the NHS and would have to be paid for.

Levy also states that Vitamin C has the power to reach embedded toxins and infections at cell level and destroy them.  Other toxins that it can kill are:

  • Snake and spider bites, etc.
  • Alcohol
  • Barbiturates
  • Toxic mushrooms
  • Heavy metals

For most of us the main concern, if we are lucky, is to minimise colds and flu and taking Vitamin C daily is a good start. If a cold starts to niggle it’s worth upping the dose because it can stop it before it takes a hold.

The market for Vitamin C is quite complex to the average consumer.  There is Vitamin C which is ascorbic acid, made synthetically and this is a good way to take it. Dr Levy advises that while ascorbic acid itself can upset stomachs in some people, sodium ascorbate does not have this effect.  He guards against taking potassium ascorbate or calcium ascorbate as too much of these minerals can be harmful to some people. Liposomal Vitamin C is also an effective way of taking it –  a gel that  you put in a small glass of water.  Try Altrient Liposomal Vitamin C, 1000 mg.

And then there’s natural Vitamin C from fruit and plants, such as Cherry Active from Montmorency cherries and Nature C from A. Vogel.  If under threat in winter from viruses, it’s best to choose the Vitamin C that can give you the highest reasonable dose (say, 1,000 mg although some people take more).  See: Colds, Coughs and Flu.

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Back to the ubiquitous Coronavirus (or COVID-19)  the China Daily reported recently that more than 85 per cent of novel Coronavirus pneumonia patients nationwide have received Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a means of treatment, according to the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine. They have also reported that around 87 per cent of patients taking TCM medication have recovered or been discharged from hospitals.

It’s very difficult to know who to believe in this day and age of fake news as reports of Vitamin C being effective have been hotly disputed. All people can do is make up their own minds.

The miracle of lemons

Lemons are antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal, astringent, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine, provide masses of  Vitamin C and can be used in cleaning and beautifying.  The amazing benefits of lemons for health are fully explained in the book, The Miracle of Lemons, by Dr Penny Stanway.

What few people realise is that lemons may be acidic in the mouth, but when they are digested the acids are broken down into water and carbon dioxide, and the other contents release alkalising minerals in the body – including calcium, iron, potassium, sodium. Far from avoiding them because they are too acidic, they keep the body alkaline, so we should be using them more!
The nutrients in lemons are so numerous that we can’t even list them all here. Here’s a flavour of them:
• Vitamin C aka ascorbic acid.  A small lemon contains 60-100mg of Vitamin C.
• Antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body – the chemicals that cause disease  – these include Vitamins C and E, selenium, and zinc.
• Citric acid which removes water from the body’s tissues into the bloodstream.
• Glucaric acid which lowers LDL cholesterol (the harmful one) from the body.

Health benefits:

Digestion: The acids in lemons – ascorbic, citric and glucaric – aid digestion for anyone who has insufficient gastric acid.
Arthritis: Lemons are good for arthritis, which thrives on an acidic system, despite the fact that people often warn sufferers to avoid citrus fruits.
Stabilises blood sugar levels: The acids and pectin within lemons slow the absorption of sugar after a meal with a high glycaemic index (that normally raises blood sugar levels).  This helps to stop low sugar dips which often lead people to eat more.
Sore throats or coughs: Lemon is often included in cough preparations – hot lemon and honey can be very soothing when you’re feeling ropey.
Athlete’s foot: Lemon juice is antifungal and can clear up a mild case of athlete’s foot when applied direct.
Dr Stanway mentions many more health benefits in her book.

How to eat or drink lemons

The easiest thing you can do is to squeeze lemon juice into meals – casseroles, stews, fish dishes, salad dressings. You can simply make a dressing of olive oil with lemon juice.
Or drink a glass of water with a fresh lemon wedge in it, or if making smoothies add lemon juice. You will barely notice the taste but will get all the benefits.

Choosing the best fruits

The long list of fungicides, pesticides and insecticides that growers put on lemons could put you off completely.  Far better to go for the unwaxed versions – the wax contains fungicides, and better still, organic lemons that are not subjected to such harsh chemicals.

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