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#30 – Supplements That Battle Covid-19, Repurposing Pharmaceuticals, And The Cytokine Storm With Dr. Theoharis Theoharides

The CDC makes clear that vitamins and supplements aren’t meant to treat of prevent Covid-19. However, in light of the evidence linking Vitamin D deficiency to severe cases of COVID-19, many of us have turned to diet and lifestyle to “shore up our Covid-19 defenses.” While many of the supplement regimens marketed for Covid-19 are lacking scientific validation, natural compounds like vitamin D are showing some promise in serious research settings. What other nutrients, if any, can battle Covid-19? Are there pharmaceutical drugs that can be repurposed to assist in treating the coronavirus? Our guest today, Dr. Theoharis Theoharides, one of the world’s foremost experts on the immune system, has some answers.

Dr. Theoharides is an MD, and member of the faculty at Tufts Medical School, who also holds a PhD in pharmacology, and a master’s in immunology, from Yale University in New Haven, CT. View Dr. Theoharides Google Scholar profile. We discuss the latest research on how flavonoids and other natural compounds impact the immune system and why this research matters for our approach to treating Covid-19 in the coming months.

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This Episode Covers:

  • The best hand hygiene techniques for Covid-19 [7:30];
  • Why Dr. Theoharides is a proponent of mixing quercetin and luteolin [15:00];
  • Molecules that can bind preferentially to the ACE-2 receptor [20:00];
  • The problem of patents in Covid-19 therapeutics [30:00];
  • Breaking down Dr. Theoharides favorite supplements for Covid-19 [34:00];
  • Taking precautions in preparation for lack of a vaccine [53:00];
  • How we study coronavirus’ [1:01]

John O'Connor

John O'Connor is the founder of Gene Food, a nutrigenomic startup helping people all over the world personalize nutrition. John is the host of the Gene Food Podcast and a health coach trained at Duke's Integrative Medicine Program. Read his full bio here.

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