Organique helps boost the immunity of frontliners in the fight against COVID-19

Organique helps boost the immunity of frontliners in the fight against COVID-19

  • August 7, 2020

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A person with a weakened immune system is an open target for germs, bacteria, viruses, toxins, and free radicals caused by pollution.

Now that we are faced with a frightening pandemic, the need for a superfood has never been more urgent. Organique Açaí contains the highest levels of antioxidants that help boost a person’s immunity and thus, help prevent potential onset of different life-threatening illnesses.

The brand is also sharing this wellness product to the country’s health workers for being the most vulnerable in this fight against COVID-19. Doctors, nurses, aides, lab and medical technologists have been unavoidably exposed to the virus while treating patients suffering from the viral disease.

Organique Inc. President and CEO Catherine Salimbangon is an internationally licensed nurse and former overseas Filipino worker who understands the sheer pressure of often working beyond eight to 12 hours during a health worker’s hospital shift, especially during this pandemic.

The regular intake of Organique Acai Premium Blend, also available in Freeze-Dried Capsules, will greatly help fortify our frontliners’ immunity and provide them the extra energy and mental clarity to perform numerous tasks in the hospital everyday.

Here is the list of hospitals where Organique Inc. has distributed the Organique Acai Premium Blend and Freeze-Dried Capsules to healthcare workers:

1. Makati Medical Center

2. St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City

3. St. Luke’s Medical Center Quezon City

4. Medical City Ortigas

5. Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)

6. San Lazaro Hospital

7. Lung Center of the Philippines

8. Philippine General Hospital

9. Manila Doctors Hospital

10. UERM

11. Philippine Heart Center

12. Cardinal Santos Medical Center

13. Sta. Ana Hospital

14. Quirino Memorial Medical Hospital

15. UST Hospital

16. Dr. Jose Natalio Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center

17. East Avenue Medical Center

18. Veterans Memorial Medical Center

19. Quezon City General Hospital

20. San Juan Medical Center

21. Asian Hospital and Medical Center

22. Perpetual Help Medical Center – Las Piñas Hospital

23. Paranaque Community Hospital

24. Chong Hua Hospital – Cebu

25. Cebu Doctors Hospital

 

For inquiries on how Organique Açaí can help improve your health and well-being, visit www.organique.com.ph, or follow them on Facebook.

Organique Açaí is available in all Mercury Drugstores and other leading drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.


Bishop: Our Bodies Are Designed to Fight Off Viruses – And They Do It Every Day

Bishop: Our Bodies Are Designed to Fight Off Viruses – And They Do It Every Day

  • August 6, 2020

By Dr. Kristen Bishop

Valley residents are continuing to work through the slight declining trend of COVID-19, many are still concerned about the safety of themselves and their families. With Maricopa County schools beginning the year with online learning, parents, teachers and students are experiencing overwhelming concerns for how and when in-person learning begins. As these health worries weigh heavily on everyone’s minds, our team at the Keystone Natural Family Medicine Clinic is hoping to provide clarity on how our bodies fight viruses and ways to improve our immune systems to stay healthy.

The human body has a highly sophisticated, well-orchestrated system with many mechanisms to deal with bacteria, viruses, fungi and other pathogens. Schools were made for social interaction, not social distancing. Our immune systems are very able to defend the body against viruses.

To assure people that our bodies are designed to fight off many viruses, there are two main parts of our immune system: the innate and adaptive responses. These will work in tandem to ward off infections.

When a virus enters the body, the innate immune system is triggered. Your body will send white blood cells to meet the virus in an almost immediate response. These first responder cells will attack the pathogen and provide barriers to keep it from spreading through the whole body. This type of defense is happening all the time as we come in contact with countless viruses, oftentimes without us ever knowing it.

When the white blood cells aren’t enough, the immune system will signal its adaptive response to form antibodies, so that the next time your body encounters that virus, it can recognize and respond more efficiently.

Regardless when schools open, and the expectation of a harsh cold and flu season, my Keystone team and I continue to stress that one of the most important things you can do to protect against various pathogens is to boost your immune system to keep it running effectively. There are a few ways you and your families can easily do this:

  • Eat healthy: The best way to boost your immune system is by eating nutrient-dense foods, such as fruits and vegetables.
  • Sleep: Getting a healthy amount of sleep is one of the best ways you can support a healthy immune system.
  • Exercise regularly: To keep all your bodily systems functioning normally, getting a healthy amount of regular exercise is extremely important.
  • Disinfect your hands: Our hands are full of bacteria that we then introduce to our bodies. By washing or disinfecting our hands frequently we can ensure that we are keeping our immune system from fighting off too many viruses at once.

As you can see, our immune systems are designed to fight off viruses. I want to remind everyone to wash your hands regularly, wear a mask or practice social distancing, and stay home if you or a member of your family is sick. However, I want to assure you that our immune systems are ready and able to defend against any viruses they might encounter this fall.

Editor’s Note: Dr. Kristen Bishop is Keystone Natural Family Medicine’s Lead Doctor and Medical Advisor, overseeing all care, its residency program and sees patients as well. As the legislative committee chair for the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association and an Arizona delegate for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Dr. Bishop is focused on quality care for all patients at Keystone Natural Family Medicine and strives to bring innovation to Naturopathic Medicine.

Anti-viral foods help boost immunity to fight COVID-19

Anti-viral foods help boost immunity to fight COVID-19

  • August 5, 2020

Anti-viral foods help boost immunity to fight COVID-19

Anti-viral foods help boost immunity to fight COVID-19

While the accurate medical treatment is yet to be discovered to deal with this deadly virus, experts feel eating right can help a lot. It is important to include a few food items that are high in anti-viral properties and can create a shield around the body in protecting it against all odds. Necessary food items can boost immunity and keep any kind of viral disease at bay. Below-mentioned are a few basic food ingredients that can help fight COVID-19.

Tulsi

Known for its anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, Tulsi must be consumed daily to boost immunity. It is important to have it on an empty stomach. Have five tulsi leaves along with 3-4 peppercorns and one tea spoon honey to boost immunity.

Garlic

It is a powerful anti-viral ingredient that can be consumed raw, mashed or can be added to soups and salads. To make a simple home remedy, mix chopped raw garlic and cloves with a spoon of raw honey and consume in alternate days. It’s a fantastic way to boost your immune system.

Berries

Foods rich in resveratrol such as peanuts, pistachios, grapes, red, white wine, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, and even cocoa and dark chocolate are helpful to fight fungal infection, ultraviolet radiation, stress, and injury. They also protect the body against viral attacks.


Coconut oil

Avoid other variations of oil and use pure cold-pressed coconut oil or even have it raw. Lauric acid and caprylic acid present in it are essential for boosting the immune system against virals.

Ginger

Another ingredient that can help in keeping you safe is ginger. It has anti-viral properties, which when mixed with star anise and honey can help control the side effects. This concoction can be consumed 3-4 times a day.

Vitamin-C rich foods

Amla, red peppers, yellow peppers, oranges, guava and papaya are rich in vitamin C and have anti-oxidant and immunity boosting properties. You must have them daily for best results.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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Vijayawada People Performing Yoga | on Sand Dunes | to Boost Immune System to Fight Against COVID-19 (Video)

  • August 2, 2020

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What Is Convalescent Plasma Therapy and How Does It Fight COVID-19?

  • July 30, 2020

COVID-19 will probably be a part of our lives for the foreseeable future. A vaccine has yet to materialize. As the pandemic continues to take a crushing toll, doctors are resorting to a century-old treatment that has been helpful in managing previous pandemics: taking antibodies from those who have recovered and giving it to the sick. It’s known as convalescent plasma therapy, or “survivors’ blood.”

Plasma — the liquid component of blood — contains antibodies. Extracting plasma from someone that has “convalesced,” or recovered, from an illness might provide a much-needed boost to the immune system of someone grappling with coronavirus.

In the past, plasma therapy has been a weapon against the 1918 flu, polio, measles, rabies, hepatitis B and Ebola — with varying levels of success. More recently, it showed some promise in treating other coronaviruses like SARS and MERS, particularly when given to a patient early in their illness.

There’s reason to be hopeful that plasma therapy can also help battle SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Preliminary studies have found that many patients who received plasma therapy improved. For instance, a trial of 31 severely ill patients from the University of Wisconsin-Madison improved enough to avoid the ICU or a ventilator after receiving plasma. Four patients still died, however.

As scientists and doctors continue to learn about plasma therapy, so will the public. A number of clinical trials are underway and can be viewed on clinicaltrials.gov.

In the meantime, the FDA has green-lighted plasma as an “emergency investigational new drug.” Soon, the agency may authorize it for wider use.

What Is Plasma?

Blood is made of four main components. Red blood cells carry oxygen around the body, white blood cells support immune function, and cell fragments called platelets form clots to stop bleeding. The liquid portion is plasma and comprises a little more than 50 percent of blood volume.  

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Plasma helps circulate proteins, nutrients and hormones throughout the body. But scientists are interested in plasma as a COVID-19 treatment because the substance contains antibodies after an infection. These protective proteins can bind to the surface of an antigen, or a foreign invader, and help the immune system dismantle it.  

How Does Plasma Therapy Help?

A plasma transfusion involves removing some antibodies from one person and infusing them into someone who is sick, providing an immediate jolt to their immune system. A dose of antibodies doesn’t directly stimulate a person’s immune system to start creating their own antibodies, but it does offer some protection until their own immune system ramps up.

Mounting an antibody response isn’t exactly a speedy process. It generally takes one to three weeks for the immune system to produce antibodies against COVID-19.

Ultimately, plasma therapy might shorten the length of illness and reduce the severity of the disease. Taken together, it may prevent some of the organ damage and acute respiratory distress complications that develop in a small number of patients.

Other scientists have proposed using survivors’ blood as a way to prevent coronavirus infection in the first place, but much more research is needed into how this might work.

It’s also important to keep in mind that plasma therapy is not a vaccine. Vaccines use the immune system’s memory response to train it to detect and respond to specific pathogens.

What Are Antibodies and What Do They Do?

Antibodies are Y-shaped proteins produced by B-cells of the immune system to help fight bacteria and viruses. A diverse troupe of 10 million B-cells circulates in our bodies. Each type carries receptors for specific threats and secretes antibodies that can bind to antigens, found on the surface of pathogens. When a B-cell encounters its matching antigen, it pumps out distinct antibodies that can neutralize harmful invaders, or mark them for destruction by other immune system cells — namely T-cells.

Some B-cells transform into memory B-cells that remain on the lookout for the pathogen, ready to pump out antibodies again. Much less is known about the role of T-cells in lasting immunity. But scientists have a hunch that memory T-cells — which can remember past infection agents and kill them if they reappear — also provide protection against COVID-19.

Since the coronavirus is new, most uninfected people probably don’t have strong immune defenses built up already. But a recent study showed that some people who haven’t been exposed to the new coronavirus already had T-cells against the virus in their system. This suggests exposure to some other coronaviruses out there (like the common cold) may provide some people’s immune systems with a head start on fighting the new virus.

So, even though coronavirus antibodies might begin to fade within two to three months, it might not matter much in terms of long-term immunity.

What Are the Limitations of Plasma Therapies?

Right now, there simply isn’t enough convalescent plasma to go around. An uptick in cases in many parts of the United States this summer has caused an emergency shortage of convalescent plasma. The American Red Cross is urging people who recovered from COVID-19 to donate their plasma to help treat the sick.  

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While many patients receiving plasma do seem to improve, it’s not always clear why. Over the course of their illness, patients might have received other therapies, like the antiviral Remdesivir or the steroid Dexamethasone. That makes it difficult to definitively say which treatments, or which combinations, deserve the kudos. Additionally, given the circumstances of the pandemic, many studies aren’t following gold-standard research protocols. A lot of what is known about plasma and COVID-19 has come from small studies that are not randomized, don’t include control groups as comparisons, and might not incorporate measures to account for things like the placebo effect.

At the same time, scientists are looking for ways to harness immune system cells to produce better plasma therapies. Not all antibodies have equal virus-fighting power. Neutralizing antibodies, which can directly dismantle a pathogen, are the most beneficial, yet hard to come by. A recent study of 150 people found that 1 percent of coronavirus survivors had high levels of neutralizing antibodies in their plasma, which was collected an average of 39 days after the onset of symptoms. Scientists think they might be able to capture and clone the elite B-cells that produce these antibodies and use them as the basis for more effective treatments.

'Hypervitaminosis’: Kashmir docs warn against excessive intake of immunity boosters to fight COVID

‘Hypervitaminosis’: Kashmir docs warn against excessive intake of immunity boosters to fight COVID

  • July 30, 2020

Srinagar: Health experts in Kashmir have warned against excessive intake of vitamins for boosting the immune system.

The immune system is the human body’s primary defense against the infection. In the wake of Covid-19, the market has been flooded with an array of products that claim to boost one’s immunity. It includes AYUSH concoctions, vitamin pills, and zinc tablets.

 

However, doctors have stressed that in the absence of any scientific study or conclusive evidence, the idea of boosting the immune system is “flawed and unscientific”.

Professor of Surgery at GMC Srinagar Dr. Iqbal Saleem said most people in Kashmir take over the counter preparations like B complex and multivitamins.

“Presently, it is being said that Vitamin C has an immunity booster role. At the same time, it is very difficult to assess what these medicines contain. As of now, I don’t see any evidence of randomized control trials which prove that they are helpful for boosting immunity,” he said.

President Doctors Association Kashmir, Dr. Suhail Naik said immunity is a very complex system consisting of different types of cells and antibodies.

“Some people are taking daily vitamins in order to boost immunity. I wonder if many of them may land into ‘hypervitaminosis’ a dangerous outcome of excessive intake of vitamins particularly A and D,” he said.

Dr. Naik urged people to understand that overreaction of the immune system can give rise to various autoimmune disorders.

“Only vaccines have the potential to boost the immune system with precision against various communicable diseases. Therefore, instead of running and searching for immunity boosters, people should eat a healthy balanced diet, fruits, vegetables, pulses, and get enough sleep,” he added. 

Registrar at SMHS Hospital, Dr. Khawar Khan Achakzai said people with low immunity or other immunocompromised state are more prone to COVID‐19.

“There are minerals like Zinc and Iron etc that play a role in the augmentation of the immune response. Even though there isn’t direct evidence linking protection against COVID-19 to these micronutrients, our knowledge of the immune system and its working help us understand how they could actually help against the virus,” he said.

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Immunity boosters are a myth — why you shouldn’t believe claims that promise to fight Covid

  • July 30, 2020
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Bengaluru/New Delhi: With no scientifically established treatment for Covid-19 yet and a vaccine still in the trial stage, the buzzword during the past eight months has been ‘immune system’.

Since the coronavirus pandemic struck, over 6.5 lakh people have died across the world, while lakhs of others have been infected. Recovery in most cases has largely been reliant on the human body’s natural defence, the immune system.

Ayurvedic concoctions, fruit juices, vitamin pills, zinc tablets, hand sanitisers, face masks — despite the lockdown, the market has been flooded with an array of products that claim to boost one’s immunity.

Advertisers’ messages seem to indicate that the body’s natural defences can be strengthened or enhanced by the consumption of certain foods or the use of specific products. But can these products really protect you from Covid-19? Or, can functional food or nutraceuticals (dietary supplements) boost your immunity?

This is what the science says:


Also read: Reader View: ‘I am recovering from Covid, no immunity-boosting products have helped’


Can the immune system be ‘boosted’?

The short answer is no. Immunology experts say there is no way for healthy adults to improve their immunity through foods or products.

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