Corona Virus Update: Additional Strategies for Prevention

Hello again:

Part of a prevention strategy contains the pertinent information of how to best advantage your immune system components that naturally search for viral infections. This would be the Th1 lymphocytes and NK (natural killer cells) primarily. Keeping this aspect of the immune system primed and ready to go needs to recognize that the part of the immune system that creates allergy can suppress the NK and Th1 cells. What this means is that if you have allergies of any kind, it can be very important to consider strategies that lower Th2 activity. To be clear, Th2 activity can and does significantly alter/reduce NK and Th1 activity which thus renders one more susceptible to infections of any kind. When Th1 and NK cells are activated, they release IFN-gamma, and this cytokine can serve as a negative regulator of Th2 activated immunity, which if you have allergies is something that may be beneficial:

“In this study, we demonstrate the importance of NK cells and IFN-γ as negative regulators of Th2 immunity to viral infection and foreign allergens.”

Bottom Line:

As part of your supportive care, it may be important to negatively regulate Th2 expression, which means to turn it down to better allow an anti-viral response. Here are some possible supplements that you may be able assist this function with, especially if you have allergies:


Vitamin C:           for prevention, 2000 mg. per day.

Perilla:                    150 mg. three per day (Pure Encapsulations brand)

Oxymatrine:        also known as Ku Shen and Sophora Flavescens: this                                      usually comes in 400 to capsules, take 2 per day.

Quercitin:             250 mg. caps, 3 per day (Pure Encapsulations)

NAC:                      600 mg. caps: take 2 to 3 per day (Pure Encapsulations)


Combining this information with my previous COVID-19 blog, should give most of us a pretty balanced approach to optimize our immune system just in case. It is important to note, that these are just suggestions regarding dosage, as children need less, plus it is much better if this type of supportive care is monitored in a clinical encounter with a qualified health care practitioner. Additionally, some people can have uncomfortable reactions to supplements, so always start slowly with any new supplement to gauge your response and stop if you begin to have any negative effects. Remember that both conventional care and natural supportive care are mutually beneficial and synergistic and this is not about choosing only one type of care over the other: they are both part of your available resources.


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