Corona viruses are a large group of viral infections that can affect both humans and animals. They get their name from the Latin root for “crown” or the aura of plasma that surrounds the Sun. This is because they appear to have projections from themselves looking like the projections seen on our sun.
There are now 7 known Corona viruses that have affected humans. The first four types are common and cause common colds. The next 3 include SARS, MERS and now the most recent pandemic SARs-CoV2 also better known as the Corona Virus that is causing the current pandemic.
When the pandemic hit us in early 2020 most doctors were searching for the right medication to cure or suppress the infection. However, as our knowledge about the virus and its effects on the body grew, we learned more and more how we could help our immune response to build an adequate defense against the virus and its deleterious effects on our organs.
Vitamin D3 deficiency may have been a factor!
Recent studies are linking Vitamin D3 deficiency and poor outcome to Covid-19 infection. At the outset of the pandemic Northwestern University researchers were able to complete a statistical analysis of patients from countries across the globe that have been hit hardest by the Covid-19 infection. Their research appears to show a direct relationship between Vitamin D3 deficiency and Covid-19 mortality rates. “…it is important for people to know that vitamin D deficiency might play a role in mortality…”.
Another early study in Ireland showed that countries such as Spain and Italy that rely solely on sunlight for their D3 supplementation have an overall lower rates of vitamin D3 level in their population vs. countries such as Sweden and Finland that use supplementation as their main means of D3 nutrition. What is also observed that the populations that suffer lower levels of D3 had a worse outcome overall with Covid-19 infections. Hence the authors of the study recommend optimizing vitamin D3 levels in all populations as a means of preventing morbidity and mortality.
One of the biggest issues with Covid-19 infection is its pulmonary side effects and severe pulmonary edema causing need for ventilator support. Research has begun to show that this inflammatory response is more to do with the bodies over recruitment of inflammatory white blood cells than the viral load. It appears that vitamin D3 plays an important role in suppressing and controlling this overdrive of the immune system and slowing the pulmonary issues in patients with normal D3 levels.
Vitamin D3 to the rescue!
Today at hospitals it is becoming the standard of care to add large doses of Vitamin D3 in levels of 20,000IU to 100,000IU daily for 3 days to treat any admitted Covid-19 patient. Dr. Osborne on recent report by a Major News Channel discussed the benefits of this large dose vitamin D3 therapies. "With vitamin D, there is a therapy that can be done that I recommend, and it's 1,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D per pound. So, if you're 100 pounds, you would take 100,000 international units of vitamin D for three days. After that, you don't have to keep taking those higher doses, but three days of high dose vitamin D will elevate your serum vitamin D levels to adequate levels," Dr. Osborne explained.
Dr. Osborne also “stressed everyone should think of boosting their immune systems using four different supplements – Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and Zinc”.
There appears to be no old fears of high dose therapy with vitamins and it shows improved health benefits for the recipients of the viral illness.
As discussed above it is possible that hospitals are just playing catch up with a population that is inherently deficient in D3. It is a fact that Vitamin D3 is fat soluble and may be harder to absorb in the intestinal tract. Hence to get the vitamin D3 in your body you must be able to absorb it first. Frunutta has created a simple and efficient way to absorb your vitamin D3 by just placing a tablet under the tongue which then absorbs directly into the blood stream without additives and preservatives, just pure goodness!
Cytokine Storm and Covid-19.
A recent article in National Center for Biotechnology Information and reprinted by Awaken touched upon what is known as cytokine storm in the medical field. “The pathogenesis of a COVID-19 respiratory infection, in a major way, is related to what is referred to as the cytokine storm” or in lay terms a hyper-inflammatory response that can do more damage to tissue than fighting an infection.. During this cytokine storm, “an explosive production of proinflammatory cytokines … occurs, greatly exaggerating the generation of molecule-damaging reactive oxygen species (free radicals). In severe cases, the cytokine storm is responsible for the most obvious signs of a COVID-19 infection including fever, lung injury which causes cough and shortness of breath (and the long-term complication, lung fibrosis) and in death.”
Melatonin to the rescue!
It was believed in the past that Melatonin was only produced in the pineal gland of the brain and only involved in promotion of sleep. However, recent studies have shown that it is produced in the mitochondria which is the energy center of every cell in your body and it controls different functions in the cell proliferation and activation. Recent article by National Institute of Health (NIH) touch upon “melatonin's potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, it would normally reduce the highly proinflammatory cytokine storm and neutralize the generated free radicals thereby preserving cellular integrity and preventing lung damage… the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions of melatonin in protecting the lungs from damage in many experimental models that involve inflammation or oxidative stress (or both) is well documented. Moreover, melatonin has anti-viral actions against viruses other than COVID-19.” Hence there may be a possible advantage in taking melatonin not just for improved sleep but to protect against Covid-19 infection and its harmful effects. More research in this area is needed.
Zinc Covid-19 and the ACE receptor.
Recently there are multiple studies showing that a cell receptor called ACE which is abundant in the adult lung is involved as a gateway for Coronavirus to enter the cell. Hence the virus hits the lungs more commonly and it is less seen in children which have less ACE receptors. Zinc appears to be a sort of a plug that blocks this gateway for the coronavirus. Newer studies are also showing that zinc can block the enzyme that is responsible for replication of the coronavirus’ genetic code. Hence the hype behind zinc may be true and probably would be beneficial to have a daily intake of zinc during this pandemic or any future flu season.
Zinc & C to the rescue!
Based on anectodical reports, it could be beneficial to take Zinc at dosages of 15mg daily to improve our chance of fighting off the virus. Some studies show that zinc & vitamin C have a synergistic effect on the immune response lower both the duration and the chance of a viral cold, which are part of the coronavirus family. It is believed that the upper limit of daily intake of zinc for adults is at 40mg/day. We want to keep our zinc intake to around 15 to 20mg daily preferably in divided doses. Zinc at 50mg/day dosage has been known to cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and a lowered immune response. Recent studies recommend against overdosage of Zinc above the standard dose to protect against Corona Virus pandemic.
Zinc has been promoted by the medical community to provide a possible advantage to the immune system over the Covid-19 virus. "Lower zinc levels at admission correlate with higher inflammation in the course of infection and poorer outcome," said a team led by Dr. Roberto Guerri-Fernandez of the Hospital Del Mar in Barcelona. The main issue with Zinc absorption is that it can be blocked by supplements such as Calcium, Iron, or Magnesium and it can interact with other medications. It can also stop the absorption of Cupper in your gut due to competitive inhibition. However, Frunutta under the tongue absorption can avoid such interactions since our tablets avoid interaction in the digestive tract as they are easily absorbed under the tongue!
Some in the medical community believe that zinc dosing throughout the day is more effective in providing a constant flow of the supplement to your blood stream than once a day dosing. There are even some who recommend taking lower doses up to every 3 hours to improve boosting the immune response. Hence, we at Frunutta produced a lower dose zinc supplement to allow for multiple daily dosing for our customers.
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The entire line of Frunutta products are simply absorbed under your tongue – ‘sublingually’- bypassing the need to be swallowed or to survive the harsh environment of the gut. Simply place Frunutta’s vitamins or minerals under your tongue and let it absorb directly into your blood stream. Frunutta vitamins are also created without additives, preservatives, colorings, and other impurities so we at Frunutta feel you are taking the best vitamins possible and NOTHING MORE!
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Always consult with your doctor whenever taking any vitamins or supplements and the above statements are not meant to treat, cure, or diagnose any disease.