Protect Yourself from the Coronavirus with an Antioxidant Boost
As concern about the spread of the coronavirus increases on a daily basis, it’s worth taking a few moments to understand what it is, how it affects your body, and what you can—and can’t—do to protect yourself.
First things first. The coronavirus, known officially as the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV), is a new strain of coronavirus, different from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) that have made global headlines at various times over the past 20 years.
But like all coronaviruses, this new strain primarily affects the respiratory system. While the common cold lodges in the upper respiratory system, this virus goes deeper into the lower airways and therefore poses a bigger threat. By causing inflammation of the lungs—that is, pneumonia—by impeding breathing or damaging lung tissue—that is, acute respiratory distress syndrome—and by potentially travelling through the circulatory system to cause other organ problems, it’s dangerous enough to be of serious concern.
The key word to focus on here is “inflammation.” Many of the ills that affect the human body, everything from rashes to arthritis, are manifestations of inflammation of one kind or another. In a state of good health, your body’s immune system fights back non-stop, protecting your body top to toe from all kinds of inflammation-causing invaders, including viruses.
Therefore, the most logical and proactive step to take in order to keep healthy when a threat like the coronavirus appears is to boost your immune system to the max, giving it the strength it needs to fight the inflammation that the virus, should it arrive, will cause.
And how do you boost your immune system? One great way is with antioxidants, like the apple-derived antioxidants found in Biovida’s Activated Phenolics Powder and An Apple a Day Tablets. Decades of research has shown that antioxidants may help reduce inflammation and cell damage, making them a great first line of defense.
And by the way, if you think you can protect yourself simply by wearing a mask, think again. Why? Simply because the coronavirus is much smaller than the holes in any mask, even medical-grade masks. It’s far more useful to do a lot of hand washing and to avoid crowded locations, especially those popular with travelers. And while you focus on these external strategies, remember that it’s the internal strategies that matter most. Consume more antioxidants, strengthen your immune system, fight inflammation, and stay safe.