Chinese medical team reports successful treatment of coronavirus patients with high dose of vitamin C

More and more often, first from the corner of business people and celebrities but now from all walks of life, BeterKiniek receives the question whether preventive intravenous Vitamin C can be interesting for the treatment of Coronavirus. A fair answer to this is that no long-term studies have yet been done with intravenous vitamin C in relation to Coronavirus and therefore the treatment is experimental. Studies and past experience indicate that vitamin C may indeed be of interest in the treatment of viruses. 


There is no such thing as one coronavirus. The coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is not one virus but a group of viruses, which also includes SARS and MERS. In the media you will hear the name COVID-19 but that is actually incorrect because that is the infectious disease it causes. There are a total of seven coronaviruses that can cause disease in humans. An aggressive and a mild variant are now circulating in the Netherlands. The mild variant that occurs in 30% of those infected resembles a short cold. The aggressive variant that occurs in 70% of the infected causes much more health problems and is especially deadly for the elderly and sick. Against the normal flu, virus type Influenza, many people have built up resistance. This is in contrast to the Coronavirus. The incubation period ranges from 2 - 14 days with an average of 4 days. The virus appears to have a preference for men. In the last newsletter we already gave some advice on supportive supplements. Now we are going to talk about:

 VITAMIN C infusions
Approved health claim: 
  • Vitamin C contributes to the normal function of the immune system
  • Vitamin C contributes to the maintenance of normal immune system function during and after strenuous physical exercise

We know that vitamin C can shorten the duration of colds. You must then take it before you get sick. It works better in athletes and the elderly (the group most at risk). Preventively, researchers recommend 100 - 200 mg of vitamin C to saturate the blood plasma, but in acute infections we should rather think about grams. In China, vitamin C is administered intravenously (directly into the veins) rather than orally (by mouth). A randomized study on the effectiveness of vitamin C against coronavirus is currently underway. The oral absorption of vitamin C into the blood is much lower than that by infusion. A second reason for an infusion is that it also does not burden the intestinal tract.
What else does Vitamin C do:
  • Infected cells produce more interferons when sufficient vitamin C is available to them. Interferons (IFN) are proteins secreted in immune system cells after contact with viruses, bacteria or fungi. Various types of IFN in the body are important in removing acute and chronic infections. For example, IFN is active in rheumatism and hepatitis.
  • Vitamin C is also a neuramidase inhibitor (inhibitor), which inhibits the reproduction of viruses.
  • Neuramidase is (a surface protein found on the surface of influenza virus.) inhibitor, which inhibits virus reproduction.
  • Vitamin C has bacteriostatic properties: this limits the growth of bacteria by, for example, inhibiting their DNA replication. Vitamin C can also kill bacteria, depending on what is needed.
  • The production of non-lysozyme antibacterial factor (NLAF) is stimulated by Vitamin C.
  • Phagocytes need vitamin C to kill invaders.
  • Furthermore, vitamin C renders many bacteriological toxins harmless, promotes the action of antibiotics and is a natural antihistamine.
  • Vitamin C may protect against cardiovascular disease.
Vitamin C's healing power confirmed by science
Dr. Andrew W. Saul, an international expert on vitamin therapy, says, "The coronavirus can be quickly slowed or completely stopped by the immediate use of high doses of vitamin C. Vitamin C intake in divided doses throughout the day, is a clinically proven antiviral agent that is unlike anything else." Saul adds, "Dr. Robert F. Cathcart, who has extensive experience treating viral diseases, says, 'I have yet to see a flu that was not cured or significantly improved by massive doses of vitamins.' Professor Victor Marcial-Vega of the Caribe School of Medicine replies, "Given the relatively high success rate of intravenous vitamin C in viral diseases and my observation of clinical improvement within 2 to 3 hours of treatment, I strongly believe that this would be my first recommendation in controlling coronavirus." He adds, "I have also used intravenous vitamin C to treat patients with influenza, dengue and chikungunya for 24 years." Dr. Jeffery Allyn Ruterbusch, associate professor at Central Michigan University, says, "I believe we can all agree on the greatly increased benefits of vitamin C when people are in stressful situations." Dr. Damien Downing, former editor of the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine, writes: "Swine flu, bird flu and SARS, all originated in selenium-deficient China. When patients received selenium, viral mutations decreased and immunity improved." Professor Claus Jungeblut, M.D of Columbia University published a series of articles showing that vitamin C is even effective against polio! Fortunately, there is also good news: China reports that things are moving in the right direction and that the peak of the epidemic is behind us. Hopefully this will soon apply to our country as well!

Sources: Pubmed RIVM

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