Vitamin C "significantly" improving symptoms of Coronavirus patients

Vitamin C

Doctors who have been treating Coronavirus patients with Vitamin C say that the supplement is "significantly" improving their symptoms.

Hospitals in New York who have been monitoring the research, have insisted that COVID-19 patients who have been treated with a high dose of Vitamin C are doing "much better" than those who haven't taken it.

The experts are keen to stress however they are still in the experimental stage, and they cannot yet confirm the health benefits without further research.

The results come as the total of confirmed cases of Coronavirus has now reached 719 people in Scotland alone.  The death toll in Scotland has now reached 22, after rising by 6 overnight.

Coronavirus patients arriving at hospital in New York have been given very high doses of Vitamin C, three to four times a day.

Critical care specialist Dr Andrew G Weber said that patients immediately receive 1,500 milligrams of intravenous Vitamin C when they arrive.  The treatment is then continued a few times per day.

He said "The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get Vitamin C.

"It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug."

Each dose given is more than 16 times the recommended daily allowance of the vitamin.  The recommended daily amount is 90mg for men and 75mg for women.

The World Health Organisation stresses that proper hand hygiene is one of the best ways to prevent yourself from contracting the virus.

A Northwell spokesperson confirmed that the Vitamin was being used widely as a treatment for the virus.

Vitamin C is being given to patients, alongside anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, antibiotic azithromycin and various other biologics and blood thinners according to Dr Weber.

Weber said that Coronavirus patients suffer from a huge drop in Vitamin C as a result of Sepsis caused by the virus, adding "It makes all the sense in the world to try and maintain this level of Vitamin C."

The dosage being tested is said to be as much as 60 times the NHS daily recommended amount of Vitamin C.

At the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, researches are giving patients 24mg of the vitamin daily for a week, and will publish the results soon.

Dietician Jane Clarke said "One reason fruit and vegetables are so loved by nutritionists is that they’re packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential for the body’s immune system to function effectively.

"Vitamin C is well known as a cold and flu fighter but because it is water-soluble, it can’t be stored in the body.

"The best approach is to include fresh fruit and vegetables as part of your daily diet.

"If eating a lot of fibre is an issue, then try cooking them to make them easier to digest. Soups are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fibre."

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