COVID-19 Immune-Supportive Supplement Update
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The Delta variant wave is profoundly concerning. Cases have increased and will continue to go up because it’s more infectious and spreads faster, and can make you sicker. But also because we let our guard down. For example, people who got vaccinated stopped wearing masks.
And many unvaccinated people, tired of breathing through masks, didn’t wear them in public when they should have.
I cautioned my patients to continue to wear masks even when vaccinated. Few listened. I had my two Moderna shots and never stopped wearing a mask when out of my home.
Pandemic experts predict a peak by mid-September. But that’s unrealistic. It looks like the fall and winter months will be worse.
If you haven’t already, prepare now for what’s to come – a sustained peak
lasting months. This pandemic may drag on, month after long month, until mid-2022.
No Changes To My Recommendations
Because of the uncertainty of the Delta COVID-19 wave, my readers want to know if I made any changes to my supplement recommendations.
In November 2020, I recommended eight supplements to bend the COVID-19 curve. A few months later, I updated my list to 10 supplements. And I removed vitamin E because there was no conclusive evidence that it had a role in preventing or treating COVID-19.
Here’s what I wrote in early January 2021 on my email newsletter:
It looks like we’re in for another six months, perhaps longer, dealing with this pandemic. Because there are limited effective therapeutic options, including no effective antiviral drug against SARS-CoV-2, make these your goals: (1) prevention of infection, (2) increasing disease tolerance, and (3) improving the management of illness are your best options.
I recently reviewed the scientific literature on supplements for COVID-19. PubMed lists over 400 studies. That may seem like a lot, but it’s not in comparison to nearly 7,500 papers just for antiviral drugs – even though we don’t have any! And since vaccines became available in early 2021, there are few new papers on natural supplements and herbal medicine for COVID-19.
No matter. Based on current and previous research and clinical experience, I’m confident that my original recommendations remain helpful and safe.
Dr. Williams Top 10 Supplements for Bending the COVID-19 Curve:
- Beta 1, 3-D-Glucan (Priority One) 500 mg
- Buffered Ascorbic Acid (Pure Encapsulations) 670 mg
- NAC (Pure Encapsulations) 600 mg
- Nrf2 Renew (Allergy Research)
- Quercetin (Allergy Research) 300 mg
- Reduced Glutathione (Pure Encapsulations) 200 mg
- Selenium (Pure Encapsulations) 200 mcg
- Vitamin A (Pure Encapsulations) 10,000 IU
- Vitamin D3 (Pure Encapsulations) 5,000 IU
- Zinc Glycinate (Protocol For Life Balance) 30 mg
The instructions are the same: take one of each once daily with a meal. At the first sign of symptoms or a positive test result, increase to twice daily.
Additional supplements that may support viral immunity include omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil. Vegetarians may need extra iron and should take an algae-based EPA/DHA supplement.
Allicin (garlic extract), propolis, and probiotics help support immunity and help speed recovery. Echinacea and other plant-based antimicrobials may be helpful in the early treatment of mild COVID-19 infections.
I didn’t include these in my recommendations because I consider a healthy diet and my recommended immune-supportive supplements sufficient to prevent severe illness and to speed up recovery.
How to Purchase Supplements
Order medical-grade supplements online from Emerson Ecologics/Wellevate or Fullscript. I use both suppliers in my practice for my patients and myself. If you’re already a patient of my practice, you’ll have an account. If not, register through my website and order on your own without my prescription. Look for my protocols.
Words To The Wise
Because there is no effective antiviral drug and half the country remains skeptical of vaccines – and even the vaccinated have breakthrough infections – SARS-CoV-2 will continue to spread. Those who take precautions, like supporting their antiviral immunity with supplements early and sustaining them over time, do better.
Remember, if you aren’t exposed, you won’t get sick.
Stay safe. Please continue to take my recommended supplements.
Dr. J. E. Williams