In U.S. news, one of the first laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the states was an Illinois woman who had recently traveled to Wuhan, China. Later, her husband would also be diagnosed with what is now officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization.1
Presently, there is a lack of effective targeted antiviral drugs for the virus, and symptomatic supportive treatment is still the current main treatment.
A lack of vitamin C has been long known to increase susceptibility to viruses, and a few studies have shown that vitamin C deficiency is related to the increased risk and severity of influenza infections.
Vitamin C is significant to the human body and plays a role in reducing inflammatory response and also helps to boost the immune system when you are ill with a cold or the flu. Supporting various cellular functions of both the innate and adaptive immune system, vitamin C is well known for its contribution to the body's immune defense.
So what might this mean for treatment?
China is conducting a clinical trial of 24,000 mg/day of intravenous vitamin C to treat patients with coronavirus and severe respiratory complications.
In this clinical trial, participants will receive IV vitamin C for seven days straight at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University.2
Administering high doses of vitamin C by way of IV therapy delivers this powerful antioxidant directly into the bloodstream and is generally well tolerated by most people. Because intravenous administration of vitamin C has a higher absorption rate than when taken orally through supplementation, resulting in higher concentrations in the blood, IV therapy is considered a more effective method of delivering high doses of vitamin C to the body.
Insufficient vitamin C intake is a global problem that can be addressed with proper nutrition and supplementation. With even modest amounts of supplemental vitamin C, deaths will decrease. In a study, modest amounts of supplemental vitamin C (200 mg of vitamin C per day) resulted in an 80% decrease in deaths among severely ill, hospitalized respiratory disease patients. [Hunt C. The clinical effects of vitamin C supplementation in elderly hospitalized patients with an acute respiratory infection. Int J Vit Nut Res 1994;64:212-19]
Innovation IV Nutrition Therapies
At Innovation Compounding, we provide high dose IV Vitamin C Cocktail Infusions in a variety of doses to help patients who need intense immune support.
Our High-dose vitamin C protocols contain preservative-free non-corn based ascorbic acid, and come in 25, 50, 75, and 100 gram dosing protocols, complete with quantities required, carrier solution recommendations, and drip rates.
To learn more about our oxidative therapies, consult with a member of our Doctor of Pharmacy Clinical Team.