When we are challenged with a viral infection, our need for vitamin C can rise dramatically, depending on the body’s immune function, level of injury, infection, or environmental toxicity. Vitamin C has been shown to be one of the most potent anti-viral agents, especially to influenza virus, through increased production of IFN-α/β. It can also enhance the production of interferon, which helps prevent cells from being infected by a virus.
Interestingly, three research studies in China have approved vitamin C for treating coronavirus (COVID-19). Confirmation has also been obtained that 50 TONS of vitamin C has been shipped to Wuhan province, and on March 3rd, the Shanghai government officially recommended Vitamin C for COVID-19.