During the past three years, arguments have raged over whether vitamin C is an effective treatment for COVID-19. While a placebo-controlled clinical study has clearly documented that high doses greatly reduce mortality in patients at life-threatening stages of the disease, mainstream media sources have still claimed, absurdly, that the vitamin doesn’t even reduce symptoms. Now, however, a new systematic review and meta-analysis of eleven separate randomized controlled trials has found “significant mortality benefits” when vitamin C is used against COVID-19, especially for patients with severe illness. The authors say their finding concurs with the vitamin’s widely hypothesized benefits that have been discussed since the beginning of the pandemic.
The eleven trials examined were carried out in countries including China, Pakistan, Iran, the United States, India, and Mexico. In all, a total of 445 patients received vitamin C while 494 received comparative interventions without vitamin C.
A variety of doses and methods of administering vitamin C were used in these trials. Most gave the vitamin intravenously, in doses ranging from 2 to 24 grams daily, for a duration of between 4 and 7 days. One trial administered the nutrient intravenously at a dose of 50 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight daily, while four trials gave it orally/enterally at doses ranging from 0.2 grams to 8 grams daily for a duration of between 10 and 21 days.
The results of the analysis clearly show a significant reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality when COVID-19 patients were given vitamin C. Further examination of the trials that included patients with severe forms of the disease similarly revealed a significant reduction in mortality when vitamin C was administered.
While the study authors recommend that further randomized trials with large sample sizes should be performed in order to confirm the vitamin’s mortality benefits and determine the optimal dosing strategy, their analysis clearly provides a valuable counterweight to the oft-heard mainstream media claim that there is no evidence vitamin C is effective against COVID-19.
Interestingly, in addition to giving COVID-19 patients vitamin C, some of the trials examined in this analysis also utilized additional nutrients. One trial gave patients zinc, for example, while another gave vitamins A, D, E, and vitamin B complex. The trial conducted in Mexico gave patients a long list of supplements including vitamin B complex, spirulina, folic acid, glutamine, brewer’s yeast, amaranth, zinc, selenium, vitamin D, resveratrol, omega-3 fatty acids, arginine, magnesium, and a probiotic. Such approaches are clearly a step in the right direction as they have the potential to take advantage of nutrient synergy.
Introduced by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, the principle of nutrient synergy is based on the scientific understanding that the most effective results from dietary supplements are achieved through using carefully selected combinations of nutrients acting in biological synergy. The results from this approach go far beyond what is possible using any individual nutrient alone, even in so-called ‘mega-doses’.
The principle of nutrient synergy was central to the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s design of a combination of nutrients for preventing and treating coronavirus infections that has recently been awarded a patent by the United States Patent Office. Employing vitamin C, quercetin, baicalin, N-acetylcysteine, naringin, resveratrol, as well as extracts from broccoli, black tea, and turmeric, the combination simultaneously inhibits all pathways used by the coronavirus to infect the human body.
The existence of effective, safe, natural approaches to COVID-19 exposes the deceptive nature of the pharmaceutical industry’s efforts to maintain the coronavirus pandemic as a source of skyrocketing profits. With the need for experimental vaccines and dangerous antiviral drugs essentially now eliminated, a scientific revolution in the control of viral diseases and pandemics becomes possible. If implemented into public health policies, vitamin C and nutrient-based combination therapies can make lockdowns and other draconian actions a thing of the past.