Vitamin C Recap!
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that is not produced or stored by the human body, which means, we need to get it from an outside source. This could be from dietary supplements, our diets, or both! Vitamin C is essential for so many human processes. This includes:
- Immune function
- Wound healing
- Iron absorption
- Antioxidant – which helps protect against cancer and other chronic disease
- Anti-aging – helps combat wrinkles and hyperpigmentation
- May help lower blood pressure and protect against heart disease
- Improved vascular function
Pretty much, Vitamin C does it all, so its no shock that Vitamin C can aid in the recover of Covid-19 patients.
Why is liposomal delivery of Vitamin C important?
Liposomal delivery of vitamin C is important because it ensures that the body is absorbing as much vitamin C as it can (with out it being intravenously delivered). IV vitamin C delivery is only used in severe hospital settings, not at home on a daily basis.
Liposomes are little manufactured hollow spheres made of lipids . The liposomes are usually packed with pharmaceuticals and/or supplements in order to maximize intestinal absorption. This is why taking a Liposomal Vitamin C is so important, not only can it help protect against disease, buy if you take it delivered through a liposome you are increasing the bio availability of it in the body.
First, we can recap Covid-19. Covid-19 is the acute respiratory disease caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus. It can present with many different symptoms such as:
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Fever and/or Chills
- Chest pressure or tightness
- Cyanosis (bluing of the fingers and lips due to lack of oxygen)
- Gastro intestinal symptoms (rarely)
- Sore throat (rarely)
It is a respiratory disease that effects the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions (mostly). It can also have a severe impact on health and young individuals, but the victims of Covid-19 with the most severe disease are often older than 65 and/or in poor health.
Covid-19 and Obesity
Obesity is one of the leading causes for severe Covid-19 disease and it is no shocker that obese individuals tend to be deficient in very important micronutrients such as Vitamin C.
We are going to talk about how immunonutrition (nutrition for you immune system) can play a very crucial role in the recovery of severe Covid-19 disease.
Immunonutrition can be enhanced with various nutrients such as :
- Vitamin C
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin D
These previously listed nutrients help inflammatory responses and improve patient outcomes . There is a lot of evidence that indicates obesity is a malnutrition state which negatively impacts immune system function and host defense which impairs protection from infection .
When it comes to your health, you are what you eat! If you protect your health on the daily, you’ll protect your health in the long run!
Immune function and defense against viral infections (like Covid-19)
Immune system dysfunction increases the risk of severe covid-19. This is why we see such a poor prognosis in obese individuals.
Adipose tissue (fat cells) excrete large amount of pro inflammatory chemicals which aid in a the dysregulation of the immune system.
Also, a persons gut microbiota plays a very important role in the maturation, development, and function of the innate and adaptive immune systems . There is actually communication between the components of the gut and the health of the lungs. This is called the “gut-lung axis” . Endotoxins from microbes of the gut may have a direct effect on the health of the lungs through the blood, and also when inflammation occurs in the lungs it could have a direct effect on the gut.
Now we have a thorough understanding of the way Covid-19 can severely affect obese individuals.
Lets discuss how nutrients like Vitamin C can help reverse the damage that obesity has on our nutrient availability and how we can change our health in order to combat, not just Covid-19, but many other infections.
Nutrition, Immune function, and Covid-19
Obesity is defined as a condition where there is a certain percentage of body fat, when the percentage gets so high that it starts to affect the health and well being of each obese person.
Obsese people who lack the proper nutrients suffer from long term, low lying, chronic inflammation which lead to altered and usually lower levels of nutrients and metabolic hormones .
Not only is obesity a malnutrition state, it also puts strain on the cardiovascular system, which makes it that much harder for patients to combat the effects of Covid-19.
So… If we help obese patients (or any patient for that matter) get the proper nutrients like Vitamin C, will it help obese patients recover from Covid-19?
Vitamin C and its role as an Immunonutrient
Vitamin C is necessary for the synthesis of collagen and is essential for maintaining the integrity of many cells in the human body. It is also a very powerful antioxidant that binds to and removes free radicals from the body (free radicals induce DNA damage and increase the chances for severe disease). It also protects cell membranes from the damaging effects of free radicals.
The immune system is also heavily effected by vitamin C, which is why it is used in many hospital settings (not just for Covid-19 patients) to help patients recover from illness. Vitamin C helps many white blood cells multiply and helps them move to the right place in order to fight infections properly. It also helps limit tissue damage after infection, by removing white blood cells which have been depleted.
This immunonutirient, vitamin C, goes down in concentration dramatically when there is infection and inflammation this is due to the fact that it is being utilized to help fight the infection.
So… the more we supplement with vitamin C the better our immune system will function. This is why it is so important to stay health in order to combat many diseases, not just Covid-19. But making sure you are equipped with the proper nutrients will help you fight and recover from the damaging effects of Covid.
Vitamin C supplementation and Covid Recovery
When your levels of vitamin C are depleted it could lead to increased susceptibility of severe respiratory infection like pneumonia . There have been many studies that elude to the fact that when vitamin C is supplemented, there is a significant reduction in pneumonia risk . This is particularly seen in people with poor dietary intake of Vitamin C.
Vitamin C supplementation has also been noted to reduce the duration and severity of upper respiratory tract infections .
Covid-19 is a relatively new respiratory disease. There is not a ton of information regarding studies of recovering from covid-19 specifically with Vitamin C. But, there is a lot of information about the supplementation of vitamin C and its fight against other respiratory complications. From this we can deduce, that taking vitamin C, increasing our immunonutrients, and staying healthy can severely reduce complication caused by Covid-19.
Immunonutrients is a concept based on the fact that obesity and other metabolic afflictions cause malnutrition which impairs immune function . The previously listed nutrients such as Vitamin C, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Arginine, etc. help decrease inflammatory responses, help acquired immune response, and improves patient outcomes.
It is thought that personalized immunonutrition for obese patients may help them fight and recover from Covid-19. Immunonutrition can decrease infection risk, reduce inflammation states, and fundamentally help the immune response when it comes to invasion and infection of a virus or bacterium .
Vitamin C and the Critically Ill
When vitamin C is administered at high concentrations to critically ill patients, it has been shown to have beneficial outcomes. One benefit was the reduction in pulmonary morbidity  which may be a reason Covid-19 patients should be given IV vitamin C. There was also fewer days spent on mechanical ventilation and shorter ICU stays .
There was also less oxidant stress and organ failure/dysfunction in critically ill patients who were given IV vitamin C. We know that vitamin C is crucial for free radical removal and can help combat organ failure in critically ill patients, and the seriously ill Covid-19 patients.
Vitamin C is a well known, important player in the immune function of individuals. We need our immune systems to help us combat many diseases including Covid-19. The people who are suffering from severe Covid-19 disease are those who are older than 65 and/or in poor health. This is due to the dysfunction of the individuals immune system which can be caused by:
- natural aging process
- Immune dysfunction due to obesity and loss of nutrients In an obese malnutrition state
- Various disease states such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, diabetes etc.
Supplementation with vitamin C can help your immune system function at its maximum potential.
Frequently asked questions
Vitamin C is always good to supplement whether you have Covid-19 or have had Covid-19. Just talk to your doctor before starting any supplement regimen. Vitamin C may interact with other medications so it’s always important to get medical advice before taking a supplement.
Vitamin C can greatly increase the function of the immune system which may help them combat the deadly virus, but this should also be discussed with the doctor who is treating them.
Vitamin supplementation is always a good idea at any age and can help keep the healthy even healthier, but again speak to your doctor and make sure it is the right path for you.
Vitamin C is good for more than just Covid-19. It can help improve your immune system in order to fight other infections and it is also good for anti-aging, wound healing, and disease prevention.