Supplements for Coronavirus Protection?
Can Supplements Help Fight the 2019 Coronavirus? There are many strains of coronavirus. Some cause mild illnesses that are never tested. One strain of coronavirus caused the SARS outbreak. Another strain caused MERS. The new strain originating in Wuhan China in December 2019 is also a coronavirus but little is known about it yet. This virus is referred to by the United States Centers for Disease Control as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
In this post we will look at the use of nanoparticulate silver, the monoglyceride monolaurin and other supplements such as zinc that have proven effective against hundreds of viruses and bacteria including drug resistant strains.
Can Supplements Help Prevent or Fight the 2019 Novel Coronavirus?
The short answer is: likely yes but no testing has been done. This is such a new virus there has not been time to test treatments. The long answer in my non-medical opinion is:
There are supplements that have proven effective against other coronaviruses, and drug resistant strains of influenza, bacteria and fungus so they may work against the 2019 coronavirus. There is currently no medical treatment for coronavirus so there is no reason not to consider natural supplements. In fact there is no alternative.
Natural substances such as monoglycerides and nanoparticulates are now considered ‘novel antimicrobials’ and are increasingly useful against drug resistant infections. There are hundreds of scientific papers referencing studies which show these substances are highly effective and being considered the next wave of antimicrobial technology when traditional medicines are ineffective or too slow to be developed. Some of these such as silver nanoparticles are now used in hospitals for disinfection because they are simply the most effective solution available. This is not pseudoscience.
Please see References below for a small sampling of the scientific studies available on the supplements discussed here.
Some of the supplements that are known to kill coronaviruses are those I take anyway due to auto-immune conditions. I take Lauricidin brand monolaurin every day to fight colds and flu with great results. I have had no side effects from Lauricidin and it has thousands of positive reviews and many decades of research supporting its efficacy.
What Supplements Can Fight Coronaviruses?
The first is a product called monolaurin that has been shown to kill hundreds of different viruses and bacteria in testing. It kills viruses including coronavirus by breaking down the lipid envelope that coats the virus. This lipid coating is what gives the virus it’s distinctive spiked shape and allows it to attach to our cells. It also protect the virus.
Note that there are many strains of coronavirus including SARS and the new 2019 Coronavirus. Monolaurin has been tested successfully with SARS. There is no testing yet that I am aware of to show monolaurin is effective against the 2019 coronavirus, however it is effective against most or all similar viruses with a protective, lipid envelope.
Lauricidin is a brand of monolaurin. Monolaurin is a powerful antimicrobial that was first discovered in the 1960’s after it was determined that fatty acids and monoglycerides in mother’s milk have antimicrobial properties. In order to create a substance that mimicked this effect, monolaurin was produced from coconut oil and other plant based glycerols. Lauricidin is made from the triglyceride lauric acid derived from coconut oil. You cannot just eat enough coconut oil to get this however. There is a specific process to turn lauric acid into monolaurin. The lauric acid is mixed with a plant based glycerol to create the pure ester monoglyceride, monolaurin which is similar to that found in mother’s milk.
Lauricidin is the original brand that has been making this product since Dr. Jon Kabara PhD, professor emeritus at Michigan State University, discovered monolaurin in the 1960’s. The Kabara family continues to run the company today. The common name is monolaurin which can be found under dozens of different brands.
Lauricidin is unique in it’s formulation. It comes in tiny pellets providing a much higher dose than capsules and other forms of monolaurin. You can easily adjust your dose with this product as well so different people in the same household can use it. You can start with just a tiny amount or take a larger dose (a small scoop comes with it for measurement). I take two scoops per day when I am fighting stuff off during cold and flue season. Start with a quarter or half scoop. The pellets make it easier to take a high does and get the full effect needed to fight a virus.
Lauricidin Monolaurin Kills Viruses such as SARS, other Coronaviruses and Influenza strains such as H1N1 (Swine Flu).
Monolaurin breaks down the protective lipid coating of these dangerous viruses and destroys them.
Lauricidin has been found effective against the following viruses:
Herpes Simplex types 1 and 2
Human papilloma virus (HPV)
Viruses that don’t have a protein shell such as pox and polio are unaffected by monolaurin.
Lauricidin Monolaurin Kills Bacteria such as Drug Resistant MRSA
Bacteria such as drug resistant MRSA Staphylococcus absorb monolaurin into their cells. The cells are weakened and rupture, killing the bacteria.
Lauricidin has been found effective against the following bacteria and fungus:
MRSA (drug resistant staphylococcus strains) Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermis
Group B gram-positive Streptococcus
Staphylococcus and Streptococcus show no resistance to monolaurin. It is almost 100% successful in treating all forms of these infections.
Silver nanoparticles are coming into interest as potential novel antimicrobial agents. As drug resistant strains develop and standard vaccines and treatments can’t keep up, novel anti-virals and antibacterials based in nanoparticulate metals such as silver and gold are gaining favor. Silver can kill hundreds of viruses and bacteria whereas standard antibiotics and anti-virals kill just a few specific strains.
Colloidal or ionic silver have been shown to kill or prevent infection of the following viruses and bacteria:
Herpes Simplex 1 and 2
Staphylococcus aureus (such as MRSA)
Silver disables a specific enzyme used by single celled viruses and bacteria to metabolize oxygen which then suffocates the cell. There are other means by which silver can harm viruses and bacteria including disrupting their reproduction and respiration. Silver often works on drug resistant strains.
There is a lot to understand about different forms of so called colloidal silver. Some products claim to be colloidal silver but in reality they are ionic silver which is actually a solution like when you dissolve salt in water and it just looks like clear water.
The vast majority of silver health products on the market are ionic silver products but they may use the word “colloidal”.
The second most common form of “colloidal” silver is a product mixed with a protein.
True colloidal silver is not ionic or mixed with a protein.
The wrong kind of “colloidal silver” may not work at all or could cause discoloration of the skin. It pays to be picky with colloidal silver products. I don’t have much first hand experience with colloidal silver.
Possibly Recommended With Reservations-Sambucus
Sambucus is from the elderberry. It is one of the most powerful known herbal anti-virals. It can be found in syrups, lozenges and many other forms. It has been shown to be effective fighting influenza infections however with infections that target the lungs such as avian influenza, it may cause potential harm to the person in the process. This is because Sambucus can increase cytokine levels which can increase inflammation. This could cause dangerously high cytokine levels known as a “cytokine storm”. Other supplements can be taken to counteract this.
The 2019 Wuhan Coronovirus is primarily a respiratory virus and causes pneumonia. In that regard it is like the SARS virus. Pneumonia is very likely if someone gets a serious case of this 2019 coronavirus. It can cause gastrointestinal effects as well. If someone is prone to inflammation or pneumonia I would be careful with Sambucus. Keep in mind, I am not a doctor and don’t know much about the effects of sambucus or cytokines, and not much is known about the 2019 coronavirus yet.
Elderberry antioxidant flavanoids called anthocyanidins are responsible for it’s effectiveness against viruses. It can block viruses from entering our cells and prevent replication of viruses as well.
Potentially Useful-Stinging Nettle
See link below to study by Kumaki et al. done on SARS infected mice treated with stinging nettle. The study showed stinging nettle inhibited the SARS virus..
I take Stinging Nettle every day for it’s anti-inflammatory effect. I can’t vouch for it’s anti-microbial activity personally.
If you take stinging nettle I highly recommend using freeze dried product such as this one from the SolaRay brand. Freeze dried nettle is more potent and effective. You can see and smell the difference. Regular supplement capsules that are not freeze dried are brown. These are green and smell fresh. They are much more effective for me.
There are many other natural anti-viral herbs and supplements which I will list in an upcoming post.
I will give you a preview:
- Zinc is a powerful antiviral against RNA viruses like coronavirus. Zinc is amazing. Not only is it naturally anti-viral, it is also anti-inflammatory and a natural antihistamine.
Please check these out for more information on how zinc kills viruses on contact. I take zinc every day for fighting colds and flu, inflammation and allergies.
Other Precautions to Protect Yourself From Novel Coronavirus
As you will see in many posts, ads and government documents, it is important to practice the basics to prevent the spread of disease.
- Wash your hands often and especially before touching your mouth, nose or eyes. This virus can enter the body from any of these.
- Wear a face mask if you are in a crowded public area and you are worried about infection.
- Avoid traveling in areas that have coronavirus outbreaks.
- Be aware that at this time (January 2020) your risk of getting the seasonal flu is still much higher than the coronavirus in the United States. I know several people in the hospital right now for pneumonia and life threatening complications from this year’s seasonal flu.
- The same supplements that can protect you from coronavirus can protect you from the flu.
As I referenced earlier, here are some of the many scientific studies showing the effects of monoluarin, silver, nettle and other anti-virals against coronaviruses and other drug resistant infectious agents.
(2003) Viral Pathogens and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome: Oligodynamic Ag+ for Direct Immune Intervention, Journal of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine, 13:2, 109-118,
Galdiero, S., Falanga, A. et al. (2011) Silver Nanoparticles as Potential Antiviral Agents, Molecules, Special Issue, Antivirals, 24 October 2011,16(10), 8894-8918; Accessed at https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules16108894,
Hierholzer, J.C. and Kabara, J.J. (1982), In Viro Effects Of Monolaurin Compounds On Enveloped RNA And DNA Viruses, 1. Journal of Food Safety, 4: 1-12. doi: Accessed at 10.1111/j.1745-4565.1982.tb00429.x
Kumaki, Y. et al., Inhibition of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Replication in a Lethal SARS-CoV BALB/cMouse Model by Stinging Nettle Lectin, Urtica dioica agglutinin. Antiviral Res. 90:22-32. PMID: 21338626. Accessed at https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/advs_facpub/517/
Alternative and Complementary Therapies.Dec 2006.310-314. Accessed at http://doi.org/10.1089/act.2006.12.310
Porter, R.S., and Bode, R.F., (2017) A Review of the Antiviral Properties of Black Elder (Sambucus Nigra L.) Products, Phytother. Res., 31: 533– 554. doi: Accessed at 10.1002/ptr.5782.
Kabara, J.J. Antimicrobial Agents Derived From Fatty Acids. J Am Oil Chem Soc (1984) 61: 397. Accessed at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF02678802#citeas
Seleem, D., Chen, E., Benso, B., Pardi, V., & Murata, R. M. (2016). In vitro evaluation of antifungal activity of monolaurin against Candida albicans biofilms. PeerJ, 4, e2148. doi:10.7717/peerj.2148 Accessed at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4924139/
Skrivanova et al., Susceptibility of Escherichia coli, Salmonella sp and Clostridium perfringens to Organic Acids and Monolaurin, Veterinarni Medicina, 51, 2006 (3): 81–88 . Accessed at http://vri.cz/docs/vetmed/51-3-81.pdf
Thormar, H, Hilmarsson, H. and Bergsson, G. Antimicrobial Lipids: Role in Innate Immunity and Potential Use in Prevention and Treatment of Infections. Accessed at https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/851a/3d85646f1a3b2e20ecd36e0823f61e142068.pdf
Thormar, H, et al.,(1987) Inactivation of Enveloped Viruses and Killing of Cells by Fatty Acids and Monoglycerides. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
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