COVID-19 (Wuhan Coranavirus) patients in New York are being given extremely high doses of Vitamin C, and apparently it is making a difference, doctor says.
According to a New York Post report, a pulmonologist, Dr. Andrew G. Weber said that the patients, who are usually beyond the point of cure are doing ‘significantly better’ when they received daily intake of Vitamin C compared to the same level of patients who were not given the medicine.
Dr. Weber, who is also a critical care specialist added that administration of the medicine is not highlighted because it’s not an unlikely nor special drug, though he admitted that it helps with the recuperation for the patients.
A high dose of 1500mg of Vitamin C is injected in their IV drips, which is about 16 times more than the daily recommended amount allocated by National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Weber explained that patients experiencing inflammatory overreaction caused by virus have the Vitamin C level in their body decrease dramatically in a short time. Therefore, it is crucial to keep the level of Vitamin C up and maintained to ensure their immune system is strong enough to fight the virus.
A spokesperson for Northwell Health facilities in Long Island, Jason Molinet stated that Vitamin C is indeed being used in a wide range of medical circumstances, however they are uncertain about the Vitamin C being received by the 700 COVID-19 patients under their management.
Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid is an essential vitamin, but it can’t be produced by your body. One easy way to get your daily dose of Vitamin C is to eat citrusy fruits like kiwi and oranges as well as vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and bell peppers.
Besides boosting immunity, it also helps lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and dementia as well as maintaining blood pressure.