Virus Protection with Selenium and Vitamin D

25 August 2020

Selenium

As you may know, one's selenium level depends on what we consume in our diet, and the selenium in our diet depends on the level in the soil. Soil levels can vary greatly from country to country and even within a country.

Recent studies have shown that high soil selenium equates to much lower incidence of disease. In Africa, countries with high soil selenium have the lowest Aids count, 0.7%. Senegal is a prime example. In South Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa where the selenium level is low, the Aids count can be as high as 20%.

On a more topical note, the level of selenium varies a great deal in China. Some states are very high, but it is interesting that the area around Wuhan is very low.


Your ability to fight a virus depends partly on your selenium level.

1. It is an antioxidant - so it helps to eliminate oxidants produced by infected cells.

2. It supports your immune system, i.e. it helps the immune cells and macrophages to properly kill viruses.

3. It has a vital role in preventing the replication of a virus and halting its mutation into new forms.


Vitamin D

Most people know where we get Vitamin D from - the sun! So, it doesn't take a scientist to show that countries near the equator have low counts of viral infections (without getting too technical or quoting lots of figures).


You can therefore improve the odds that your infections will be mild by paying attention to your selenium and Vitamin D levels.

Studies have shown that those taking 8g of Vitamin C in the first day of infection, can be symptom free within 24 hours. Further benefits can be achieved with the addition of Zinc and Quercetin, which directs the Zinc into virally infected cells.


A word about dosages:

Selenium - 200mcg daily during infection, reducing to 100mcg after 2 weeks.

Vitamin D - High doses can be taken short term, even up to 50,000iu/day for 5 days. Thereafter, 1000iu/day for maintenance.