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As an Integrative Dermatologic and Wellness Practice, our Aesthetix Providers remain up-to-date through evidence based research and clinical studies.  During this time of pandemic, in which our global community is adjusting to a novel virus and new information and trends evolve, it is incredibly clear that a strengthened immune system typically correlates to a more positive outcome.  Dr. Igor Chaplik recommends supplements to boost your immune system for it’s fight against COVID-19. Aside from physical distancing, hand washing, and other outwardly effective preventative steps we can take to protect ourselves and others, we recommend a few lesser known supplements in addition to the more mainstream Selenium and high dose Vitamin C (over 1000mg/day).
  1. Quercetin: A flavonoid found in fruits and vegetables, possessing unique biological properties (including anticarcinogen, antioxidant, antiinflammatory, etc.) which may improve mental/physical performance and reduce infection risk.
  2. N-Acetyl Cysteine (600 twice daily):  bonds with two other amino acids to create and replenish the most powerful antioxidant in your body, called Glutathione. These amino acids also help with chronic respiratory conditions, and may reduce the severity of pneumonia.
  3. Vitamin D (4000 IU twice daily): The presence of Vitamin D in the diet can regulate the body’s innate (normal functioning) and adaptive (in times of acute or situational stress) immune responses. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection.
  4. Zinc (50 twice daily): Zinc is involved in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism, playing a role in immune function, wound healing, DNA and protein synthesis and cell division.  It is important to maintain a steady supply of zinc in the diet, because the body does not posses a “built in” zinc storage system.  Multiple studies have demonstrated the significant reduction of duration of cold symptoms with administration of zinc lozenges.
The jury remains out on popular natural remedies such as Elderberry as they are shown to cause a cytokine storm, which is the result of excessive white blood cell activation, triggering systemic inflammation, and many medical providers strongly recommend against use of this supplement, especially once symptoms commence. Overall, it is important to maintain a healthy and colorful diet full of bioflavonoids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and prebiotic roughage to provide a balanced and healthy gut.  The healthier and stronger you are, should you catch the virus, the hope is that your body should be able to handle the course of the symptoms better. Stay Healthy, Happy & Safe! Your Aesthetix Team