There is still a great deal of uncertainty regarding the coronavirus. Although researchers are studying several pharmaceuticals that may have positive effects on the virus, we still don’t have a definitive antidote. This is why it is important to do what we can to flatten the curve, and social distancing is one of the most effective remedies. This limits the spread of germs between people so that fewer people become sick and it buys our nation time to strengthen our healthcare forces.
Another tool that we often overlook is the utilization of natural adaptogenic immune modulators. The term immune-modulator is the correct term instead of immune-booster because we never want an overactive immune system; rather an immune system that can modify itself based on each body’s physiology.
These compounds will safeguard our immune system and ensure that we are in an advantageous position to fight any foreign substances, if need be.
We must take care of our immune system because archives show that the virus is particularly targeting the immune-compromised population. The benefit of consuming adaptogenic compounds is their ability to be immunomodulatory. This means that they do not stimulate the immune system too far or under the threshold to produce a response that fights pathogens.
Natural agents strike the perfect balance and adapt with your body’s needs. Some beneficial agents that negate the oxidative stress and inflammation associated with the functional aspect of diseases are:
Vitamin C, melatonin, Vitamin D, acetylcysteine, quercetin, zinc, turmeric, and elderberry. These compounds target the fundamental mechanisms that underlie diseases and, in this case, the biological process by which a virus replicate.
This unified approach will help get us through these bleak times and we will return to society as better individuals.
Mani Kukreja, MBBS, MPH, IIN is the Founder and CEO of Liv Age Well at www.livagewell.net
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