I've been getting a lot of questions lately about "What can I take for this?" and I've been seeing a lot of information circulating on the internet on this topic. In case you are wondering, I want to take a moment to share my thoughts...
Foremost, we do NOT have the results of any scientific trials on natural products showing what works and doesn't work for COVID-19 at this time. This is a new/novel virus. Viruses are pieces of changing genetic information, and what may be effective against one virus will not be effective against another viruses. Just because something has anti-viral action against herpes or flu, it does not mean that it will have anti-viral action against COVID-19. Please exercise caution when companies are trying to sell you natural products with claims that they fight COVID-19. Such claims are NOT validated at this time.
So, what can you do? True to naturopathic principles, I believe prevention is the best medicine.
First, the most important measure to take is to follow good public health policy and stay informed.
Second, take measures to care for your health and your immune system. This always begins with a foundation of good sleep, a healthy diet, managing your stress, and avoiding smoking.
Third, please be very careful using over-the-counter supplements or medicines. More is not always better. While zinc can help support the immune system, you can also overdose on it. Be aware that just because something is natural that it is not automatically safe to use. Several supplements can interact with medications and pre-existing health conditions, so check with a qualified professional before adding new supplements on your own. Make sure they are right for you.
Fourth, if you suffer with allergies, now is the time to take care of your respiratory health. If your doctor has prescribed medicine for your allergies, use it. Naturopathic care also offers several options for people to support respiratory health as well.
Finally, you may consider trying some immune balancing supplements in addition to,
NOT in place of public health and good lifestyle practices. Be aware-these immune supplements can interact with several medications, pre-existing health conditions (such as autoimmune disease), and potentially may have adverse effects, especially at high doses. For my clients, I'm happy to discuss the safety of these items at your next consult.