Don't Let Your Guard Down
From eNewsletter 3/16/2022
DID YOU KNOW that mitochondria is crucial for preventing sarcopenia? Sarcopenia is defined as age-related loss of skeletal muscle, resulting in frailty. A new study in Food and Function suggests optimizing mitochondrial function, through optimal protein consumption, as well as targeted nutraceuticals like CoQ10 and Urolithin A, can stem the natural loss of muscle tissue from the aging process. Please note that one common substance that older persons take often that has a negative effect on mitochondria is statin medication. And if you thought sarcopenia is just an issue for the aged, think again. According to a new study in The Journal of Nutrition, sarcopenia can start in the fourth decade of life! Researchers found 15.6% of men and 13.4% of women in their 40's had low lean mass and 3.5% of men and 2.3% of women exhibited weakness. This is why we try to hit home so often how important it is to eat optimal, bioavailable protein from animal sources, as it is very difficult to meet your needs through plant foods alone.
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Virus Prevention And Treatment Vaccines minimize COVID-19 related mortality and hospitalizations, but SARS-CoV-2 is here to stay. Moreover, it is not the only virus we fight. There are influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. Continue your immune support year-round. For more information, refer to our Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol.
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Steve: While the numbers look great with regard to hospitalizations, and infections have fallen off a cliff, COVID-19 is still out there. We've heard from a few clients who have gotten it themselves or know others who have. It is not the time to let our guard down and stop adhering to the dietary and supplemental ideals we have adhered to throughout. As if you needed more ammunition for adhering to factors that protect you from severe illness and death, the research continues to come fast and furious. Vitamin D Vitamin D supplements were effective in increasing serum D levels in outpatients with COVID-19, which accelerated resolution of respiratory symptoms, thus mitigating COVID-19 pneumonia risk, according to a Medrxiv study. A PLOS One study purports pre-infection deficiency of vitamin D is associated with increased disease severity and mortality among hospitalized COVID-19 patients. A Frontiers in Immunology study found supplementing with vitamin D2, often prescribed by by physicians in high doses, may be counterproductive for protecting from COVID-19. Researchers suggest supplementing exclusively with vitamin D3. Other Nutrients One study in Nutrients explained the immunomodulatory and antiviral effects of zinc and polyphenols (such as quercetin), which actively contribute to improving symptoms and preventing complications caused by COVID-19 and can counteract viral infections. Another Nutrients study suggests many vitamins, including vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and folate as well as trace elements, including zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium, and copper, are very useful in supporting both innate and adaptive immune immunity. Deficiencies in these substances negatively affect the activation of the immune system in infections. Moreover, the study lauds vitamins C and D, the mineral zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids as adjunct treatments for COVID-19 infection. Finally, for post-COVID issues, nutrients including vitamins B1, B6, B9, B12, C, D, and E, omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals such as iron, zinc, and selenium, play an important role in protecting against neuroinflammation and oxidative stress. Inhibition of mast cells is a useful in treatment of brain fog. Natural flavonoids, including luteolin and quercetin, should be used as mast cell inhibitors. The last study I cite is from Nutrients as well. This is a direct quote from the lead author: "Nutritional therapy, involving immunomodulation, is the first line of a body’s natural defense and could be considered as a priority of preventive medicine today in the management of COVID-19".