Coronavirus, C & The Multiple Health Benefits of Zinc
It’s best not to underestimate the trace mineral zinc and its health benefits. Anthony William notes that the world’s soils have generally been depleted of zinc, a mineral that has long been a part of human health, and thus foods no longer contain the levels optimum for the body. He asserts that most people are deficient in many trace minerals. Our recent ancestors were also, due to stress, environmental toxins—especially the zinc depleting DDT still in the atmosphere and in soils—food choices and other factors. A blood test may show adequate levels of zinc in the blood, but miss that fact that zinc is missing in the lymph system.
CORONAVIRUS, ZINC & VITAMIN C
James Robb, MD, a former professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego, wrote in a recent post that he was one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses (in the 1970s). He was the first to demonstrate the number of genes the virus contained. Since then, he has kept up with the coronavirus field and its multiple clinical transfers into the human population (eg, SARS, MERS), from different animal sources. He offers the following advice about zinc after outlining the common sense precautionary measures regarding the coronavirus.
The coronavirus is spread via large droplets from an infected person who has coughed or sneezed. The only way for the virus to infect you, Robb states, is through your nose or mouth, and this via either your hands or a cough or sneeze that reaches your nose or mouth. Thus, be vigilant about whatever you touch in public areas: Door handles, gas pump nozzles, or any object that might have received a droplet containing the virus. Use protective coverings when handling objects or to sanitize your hands before touching your nose or mouth. A face mask will not protect you from a direct cough or sneeze, but it will keep you from infecting yourself when touching your nose or mouth with hands that might be infected by the virus. The coronavirus can live for one week on surfaces.1
Regarding zinc, Robb states, “Stock up now with zinc. Lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel any ‘cold-like’ symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the zinc dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx.” The ionic sulfate form of zinc has been found to be very effective. It is in liquid form and you can put a several droppers-full into your mouth and let it stay in your throat for 15-30 seconds before swallowing. It is very effective at warding off viruses and strengthening your immune system.
William offers examples of the benefits of zinc, especially in the ionic sulfate liquid form, in his book Medical Medium: “Zinc fortifies the endocrine system, including the adrenal glands, thyroid, and thalamus, which in turn support neurotransmitters; strengthens the immune system and protects the thyroid from Epstein-Barr Virus inflammation…lowers inflammatory reactions to the neurotoxins produced by the shingles virus; kills viruses, bacteria, and other microbes on contact; and lowers inflammatory reactions to a neurotoxin produced by viruses in the herpes family.” Signs of zinc deficiencies appear on nails and include white spots as well as grooves or dents, and the absence of the half moon white shape at the base of nails.
William further states, in his book Liver Rescue that zinc is responsible for over 2000 chemical functions of the liver, and that the “onslaught of viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens in particular drains our zinc reserves.… If someone is so zinc-deficient that even the liver’s zinc reserves have dropped to a dangerous level, that person can develop a host of viral-related autoimmune diseases….” Some foods that are higher in zinc include alfalfa sprouts, figs, asparagus, and Brazil nuts, but it is probably wise to supplement with an ionic sulfate liquid form of zinc, such as that offered by Eidon Minerals.