Health and nutrition

Ignoring vitamin C in battle against Covid is ‘medically negligent’, ANH claims

Doctors and other health professionals who avoid recommendations on vitamin C in relation to covid disease prevention and treatment, should be considered “medically negligent”, says the UK-headquartered campaign group Alliance For Natural Health

The comments are contained in a new blog post written by ANH scientific director, Rob Verkerk, and follow publication of a new review of data on the vitamin C status of patients suffering respiratory diseases, including Covid-19. 

The authors of the review, led by the nutritionist, Patrick Holford, say that the evidence they have studied indicates that oral vitamin C (2–8 g/day) may reduce the incidence and duration of respiratory infections, while intravenous vitamin C (6–24 g/day) is shown to reduce mortality, intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital stays, and time on mechanical ventilation for severe respiratory infections. 

They conclude: “Given the remarkable safety of vitamin C, frequent deficiency among patients with COVID-19 and extensive evidence of potential benefits, the current treatment is justified on compassionate grounds pending more COVID-19 clinical trial data becoming available.”

In his blog post, Verkerk argues that there is “mounting evidence” to support the use of vitamin C as “an adjunct therapy for those seriously ill with covid disease”.

“Put as simply as we can: taking vitamin C as a preventative and then, upping your intake if you’re infected, is a no brainer”

He says that the data gathered in the review by Holford et al “makes it harder for those who’re not keen to accept that a humble vitamin, like vitamin C, has so much to offer, at such low cost, and with such an extraordinary safety profile”. 

He continues: “Put as simply as we can: taking vitamin C as a preventative and then, upping your intake if you’re infected, is a no brainer. So is using vitamin C intravenously for those with acute respiratory infections, or sepsis, in critical care.   

“So much so, that we argue – given the now available evidence – that doctors and other health professionals who avoid recommendations on vitamin C in relation to covid disease prevention and treatment, should be considered medically negligent.”

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