Dr. Andrew Weil was a recent guest on the Kevin Rose Show. He was asked to help explain the coronavirus, and did a wonderful job assuaging fears. He offered strategies with health supplements that are known for their immune-boosting and antiviral properties (note: these are not treatments).
I encourage you to hear the full 19-minute interview below. But if you’d like a summary of his answers, I’ve provided them in this article.
He begins by encouraging us all to wash our hands and avoid people who are sick. It’s important to stay home when you’re sick, so as to not spread the virus needlessly to those in your community.
Not touching your face is critical because that’s an easy way for germs to enter your body.
Dr. Weil suggested the following supplements to incorporate into your daily prevention strategy:
Vitamin D3 (2,000-4,000 IUs daily) — There are plenty of brands to choose from, he didn’t recommend any one in particular. But here’s a brand I’ve used.
Astralagus (everyday) — Good research behind its efficacy for viral infections. Many good brands exist, but Dr. Weil recommends taking a standard extract 1-2x daily. Here’s the brand I’m taking.
Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi Mushrooms – Eaten organically or consumed as a supplement. In supplement form, I use the product made by Solgar. Another form comes via throat spray and is made by a company called Host Defense. You can order it direct for $9.95. Dr. Weil likes the cinnamon flavor, and uses it before flying on airplanes or being around the general public.
Kevin asked Dr. Weil specifically about elderberry supplements, but he was not a strong advocate for this, and felt the above options were more effective. He went on to explain that fresh garlic, when crushed and exposed to oxygen for 10 minutes, produces a potent chemical called allicin. 1-2 cloves per day were suggested, but if you don’t like garlic, you can purchase allicin supplements.
Kevin also asked about the effectiveness of Vitamin-C, but Dr. Weil felt that it was not useful as a preventative strategy, and was better after symptoms developed.
Check out the rest of the interview if you’d like to hear more. Stay healthy!