Vitamin C is a simple yet effective molecule in fighting the novel coronavirus, confirms Professor Mutlu Demiray, a scientific advisor at the Health Sciences University in Istanbul, Turkey.
As Dr. Rath describes in his recent Open Letter, the human metabolism is set apart from that of essentially all other animals by its inability to synthesize vitamin C from glucose. Most animals produce vitamin C in high amounts of up to 20,000 milligrams per day compared to human body weight. Humans and sub-human primates lack this ability due to a genetic mutation that occurred during their evolution. Thus, all humans today are dependent on an optimum intake of vitamin C, either from the diet or from supplements.
Vitamin C deficiency, and most people in the world suffer from it, causes a weakening of the connective tissue, compromises natural barriers like skin and the inner cell lining of the lungs (epithelial cells of the lungs), and weakens our immune system. Thus, viruses and many other infectious organisms can easily enter the body and find too little immune resistance to fight them.
Vitamin C can help fight viral infections in many ways. These include by slowing down or blocking viral entry and spread in the body, improving immune function and resistance against viral infections, inhibiting viral multiplication in infected cells, and inducing suicide (apoptosis) of virally infected cells.
The anti-viral mechanisms of vitamin C have been scientifically demonstrated in a multitude of viruses affecting humans including Influenza Virus, Herpes Virus, Polio Virus, Leukemia-Inducing Virus (HTLV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and others.
To read how a medical team in China has reported the successful treatment of coronavirus patients with vitamin C, see this article on our website.
To read how hospitals in New York state are treating coronavirus patients with high doses of vitamin C, see this article on our website.