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Fight Coronavirus with Immune-Boosting Foods - Part 2

Don Mackintosh Allen Lloyd Eddie Ramirez
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As a service to our community, we’re sharing our new video series today. Our first episode features Dr. Neil Nedley, Weimar Institute president, and the importance of nutrition, the N in NEWSTART, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn what suppresses our immune system and how you can boost it to stay healthy during these times.

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  • March 23, 2020
    9:45 AM
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[DON MACKINTOSH] Hi, I’m Don Mackintosh. We’re glad you’re with us today. We’re looking at boosting immunity. We’re talking to Dr. Neil Nedley. He’s the president of Weimar Institute. He’s an internal medicine specialist. And, you know, a couple of days back you did this video that now has millions of people watching. It’s translated into various languages, and you went through the NEWSTART acronym, showing how it can boost immunity, and we’re going to talk a little bit about nutrition.

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Yes, nutrition has a lot to do with how healthy our immune system is, and we can actually suppress our immune system through sugar or free oils, or we can enhance our immune system with, particularly, antioxidants and those antioxidant vegetables like the greens, spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts and broccoli, and the number one antioxidant vegetable is garlic. These things can really help our immunity, and garlic actually has some antiviral activity as well. And so, it’s a double…

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] It probably also helps with social distancing.

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Well, if it’s raw garlic. Some people have stated an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a garlic a day keeps everybody away.

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] Okay, so anything else with the nutrition? I know here at Weimar Institute, as we’re going through this time of uncertainty and whatnot, we’ve actually taken the oil down in our food here for the students. We’ve also taken the sugar out of it. We’re trying to have very healthy, immune-supporting foods.

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Yes, well the antioxidant fruits are your berries primarily, but plums, even oranges. Plums are even higher antioxidant than oranges, but oranges are pretty good food for boosting our immune system for COVID-19 and other viruses.

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] Are there any specifically antiviral-type foods or fruits and vegetables that we could eat?

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Well, there are…Zinc itself is antiviral. In fact, if zinc comes in contact with the virus, it actually completely stops the replication of the virus. When zinc get into the cell, it actually stops replicase, and replicase is what the virus uses to reproduce itself. And so, your high zinc foods are going to be like pumpkin seeds, you know, even Brazil nuts, those type of things.

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] Any danger of toxicity if you eat a food with zinc in it?

 

[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] No. No danger of toxicity whatsoever, but you’d want to get that zinc into the cell, and so studies have shown that quercetin, actually, which is a bioflavonoid from the skin of grapes actually helps that zinc get into the cell and stop the replication of the virus. Or if it comes in contact with the cell at a high concentration, zinc might be able to get in all by itself. In fact, just recently, the FDA did an emergency approval of a drug called chloroquine, which is the drug for malaria, but the reason why it can work for COVID-19 is it opens the ion channel for zinc to get into the cell and basically kill that virus by stopping the replication of it. But we may not need chloroquine if we have quercetin because quercetin can do that as well.

 

[DON MACKINTOSH] Okay, we’ve heard some excellent ideas for nutrition. I might watch this again, if I were you, and make a list, and then head out to the store. We’re not just talking about what the doctor can do at the hospital for you but what you can do to boost your immunity.

 

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