All G Essentials is known for the quality of broad-spectrum CBD sourced and formulated into powerful products like breath spray, energy shots, and pain creams. And that’s got people asking if CBD is any help against viruses. The short answer is that while CBD provides a myriad of benefits, helping your endocannabinoid system to regulate sleep, pain, mood and more, shielding from COVID-19 isn’t among them. Studies regarding the effect of CBD on COVID-19 (to date) do not indicate that CBD protects against viruses.

That question begets another common question, namely, “What natural resources are available to fight Coronavirus?” So, we asked our consulting team of scientists and doctors what research and knowledge they had to share. Below you’ll find lots of natural ideas.

Sidenote: Did you know that copper contact-kills viruses? Copper disrupts the protective layer of microbes thereby interfering with vital processes. In fact, a brand new study from the New England Journal of Medicine tested the efficacy of copper against SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus pandemic). While Coronavirus lasted 72 hours on plastic, copper rendered the virus “no longer infectious” in just four hours.

First, take basic precautions by frequently washing hands with soap and water for 60 seconds; wiping down computer keyboards, phones, door handles, and flat surfaces with alcohol-based products at work and at home, allowing it to air dry for at least 30 seconds; quarantining for 14 days if exposed to the virus. Experts now also recommend sanitizing store-bought goods including food and using face masks when out in public. And there’s more we can do to ensure our immune systems remain strong. 

Did you know that plants are the basis of our pharmaceuticals? Certain plants, especially when concentrated, contain strong anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and even anti-viral properties? 

The following list includes natural alternatives we can incorporate into our daily routines that will boost our immunity. Formulas can be created for aromatherapy benefits. Consult a physician when using oils topically or internally (by mouth). 

Botanicals

Botanicals, sometimes called herbs, are plants used for their medicinal and therapeutic attributes to maintain or improve health. Everything on the following list can be purchased online fairly inexpensively.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses herbs to treat a host of illness and ailments. A pilot study from 2004 suggests that use of the TCM preparation is a safe, efficacious and affordable SARS prevention measure.

Asian ginseng, glycyrrhizin, and Isatis tinctoria

Asian ginseng and glycyrrhizin, as well as isatis tinctoria, are Chinese herbs that were found effective in combatting the SARS coronavirus. These herbs help prevent and treat respiratory viruses and can be purchased online.

Astragalus

Astragulus is often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Research shows it works well at fighting viruses and has been used for centuries in fighting infections and respiratory problems. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, astragalus protects against avian flu coronaviruses. Researchers in China are finding success with patients stricken by respiratory viruses surviving after being given formulas that include astragalus and ginseng.

Bupleurum

The bupleurum plant includes a compound blend called saikosaponins, which research has found to be aggressive in preventing the reproduction of COVID-19 infection in the body.

Echinacea

While it is not proven to prevent coronaviruses, including COVID-19, echinacea is most effective at pinpointing the most infectious cold virus pathogens when taken for upper respiratory tract infections. It appears to be ineffective when viruses affect the lower lungs. Of the different echinacea varieties, make sure to purchase Echinacea purpurea, which contains the plant’s root and is the variety proved to work as an antiviral.

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)

It’s no secret that many people take elderberry because it relieves symptoms associated with colds and flu viruses. Most effective is the species of elderberry called Sambucus nigra. Because the cyangenic glycosides present in elderberry can be hard on the stomach, a prepared over-the-counter formula is recommended. Research has found that elderberry has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties and is very effective at fighting many different flu viruses and speeding recovery. A University of Sydney 2019 study concluded that elderberry can hinder how the flu virus enters and replicates inside human cells.

Houttuynia cordata

Called by many names, like fish mint, rainbow plant, fish wort, and bishop’s weed, Houttuynia cordata successfully hindered the SARS virus’ RNA from attacking the body as well as reduced fever and lessened sore throat and cough. Houttuynia cordata can be purchased online.

Licorice Root (Glycyrrhizin Acid)

This traditional medicine has been used to treat many ailments, including ulcer, sore throat, bronchitis, cough, respiratory infection, and hepatitis. The main antiviral property in licorice is glycyrrhizin, which is an anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting acid effective in also fighting SARS ( mentioned above). 

Olive Leaf

Oleuropein, a compound found in olive leaf, is known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antimicrobial and antiviral uses. Even better, it has high bioavailability for the human body. While olive leaf is effective in fighting upper respiratory viruses, it is also proven to support the immune system against viruses, including previous coronaviruses, parainfluenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 

Vitamins and Supplements

Vitamins add nutrients to our bodies that we cannot produce on our own. That means, we need to include vitamins in our diet, which can be done by eating foods containing those vitamins or taking a vitamin supplement. Vitamins assist bodily functions and a few of them directly protect and enhance our immune system.

A supplement is not necessarily a vitamin. Supplements are designed to complement the vitamins we already receive from our diet.

Eating a healthy diet is always a good idea, but now, more than ever, it might be a good time to give your body some extra protection. The following is a list of immunity-boosting vitamins and supplements and the foods that include them. 

Vitamin A

This vitamin supports the immune system, vision, healthy skin, and bones.

Sources: fortified dairy products, eggs, liver

Beta-carotene sources (converted to vitamin A in the body) broccoli, kale, spinach, apricots, cantaloupe, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, winter squash

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

Vitamin C is an antioxidant needed for protein metabolism. It is also important for immune system health. Research on vItamin C shows it can decrease the likelihood of receiving a virus, lessen a virus’s symptoms, and reduce its duration. 

Sources: citrus fruits, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cantaloupe, strawberries, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, papayas, mangoes, kiwi

Vitamin D

Vitamin D contains calcium needed for bones, and it bolsters the body’s mucus membranes, which cover internal organs, and is important in protecting against respiratory viruses.

Sources: Egg yolks, liver, fatty fish, fortified milk, skin converts sunlight to vitamin D in the body.  A vitamin D deficiency makes your body more susceptible to infection.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is another antioxidant, like vitamin C, that boosts the immune system and helps against infections.

Sources: broccoli, spinach, almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, 

N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)

This antioxidant supplement diminishes lung damage caused by oxidative stress, which happens when free radicals and antioxidants are disproportionate to one another, thereby creating an opportunity for viruses and pneumonia to affect the lungs. NAC also comes with the benefit of increasing the antioxidant glutathione in lung cells. 

Therefore, by increasing glutathione, NAC helps reduce viral respiratory symptoms. Glutathione can also be found in fresh-picked fruits and vegetables, and you can help your body naturally produce it by including foods in your diet, like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, garlic, onions, eggs, nuts, legumes, fish, chicken, flaxseed, whey, and guso seaweed. 

Final thoughts

It’s always important to stay healthy as best we can, not only for ourselves but also for others, especially as we face the COVID-19 crisis together. But you can do your part while practicing kindness to yourself and others by social distancing, keeping your hands and work areas washed, and supporting your immune system with all-natural botanicals, vitamins, and supplements.