Updated: Jan 3
Hello 2022! If you are like me, the start of a new year is a time where we look at what we’ve done in the previous year and adjust our programing so we can have an even better year to come. In this spirit, I thought I’d open Unpopular Science for requests about future topics from all of you. There must be some burning questions out there regarding topics in natural health, or maybe there is something you have researched and want to share with others. If you have ideas, send them my way because I would love to get smarter together.
I’m sure I will get tons of cool requests rolling in, but until then, I thought I’d start off the year with a series on covid. I have avoided this topic for the most part because the research has been slim. With a novel virus, there hasn’t been a lot of time to study, let alone publish, high quality information. But now, nearly two years into this pandemic party, we have some things to talk about. I have also avoided talking about “the Rona” as we like to call it in our house because this is such an emotionally charged topic for so many people. With that being said, I invite you to take your walls down for this series and have open thinking caps regarding some really cool information that just might save a life.
I want to start this series with amazing research from Di Pierro and company regarding the supplement quercetin phytosome. (Links for both articles referenced in this episode can be found below.) This over the counter supplement has been shown to decrease the viral persistence of covid in living participants by 76%. This means 76% of people who contracted covid and tested positive at the beginning of the study tested covid negative after one week of taking quercetin compared to 9.5% of people not taking quercetin. That's a 65% difference, this is absolutely awesome! In a second study, they found that 28.9% of people in the control group needed hospitalization for covid, compared to only 9.2% in the quercetin group. That’s a difference of nearly 20% ya’ll. Out of the hospitalized patients, only one in the quercetin group needed invasive oxygen therapy compared to 15 in the control group. And this is the biggest kicker of all… drum roll please… no patients in the quercetin group needed admission into the ICU and none of them died. This is compared to eight patients in the control group who needed critical care, three of whom died. As an additional note, patients taking quercetin also noted less secondary side effects such as fatigue.
The great thing about quercetin is no subjects in either of the studies listed above had any side effects. This supplement has been studied for years and side effects are minimal, mostly only in cases of overuse, and it is considered very safe. It is also a naturally occurring substance found in fruits and veggies. What?!?!?! Yep, I said it, nature knows best.
Take home message: If you or a loved one gets covid, talk to your medical team about adding quercetin phytosome to your care regimen. It could make a big difference.