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  • Writer's pictureKelly Bonnaci

Protection through nutrition and natural products

Updated: Mar 12, 2021

How can you build your immunity so when or even before you encounter the coronavirus you are able to counteract it, and go on living your life well? Here are a three ways: food, supplements and lifestyle habits... A few natural products have shown anti-corona virus effects in laboratory studies, including but not limited to results in animals. Some of these have a long history of human use for treating infections. Zinc, Vitamin C, Polyphenols, Vitamin D, Curcumin, Resveratrol, and Quercetin, and more... Taking a Vitamin D, C alone everyday has a huge influence on your immune. Keep in mind some of these are poorly absorbed unless taken under certain circumstances-either with a meal, or with an added ingredients~water and others are enhanced by the other... I will be highlighting a few of the above mentioned.


Zinc is a mineral. ~It is called an "essential trace element" because very small amounts of zinc are necessary for human health. Since the human body does not store excess zinc, it must be consumed regularly as part of the diet and/or consumed by a supplement. Common dietary sources of zinc include red meat, poultry, and fish. Zinc deficiency can cause short stature, reduced ability to taste food and more...Zinc is needed for the proper growth and maintenance of the human body. It is found in several systems and biological reactions, and it is needed for immune function! Zinc might also have effects against viruses. It appears to lessen symptoms but many studies/researchers can’t yet explain exactly how this works. In addition, did I say, there is evidence that zinc has some antiviral activity against Viruses!!

Recommended serving~~~Some health issues require a higher dosing which should be discussed with your primary care giver. Regardless high dosing should be temporary, like only 7-10 days then back to normal dosing. Zinc can be used for many things and if you aren’t quite sure what, reach out. For general purposes as preventative measures taking 25mg to 50mg daily usually suffices. But when symptomatic-having a cold and or virus minimum dosing should increase for 7 days. For most 150mg to 200mg daily works. Taking zinc supplements carries a potential side effect if the mg is too high for some, which is an upset stomach-in this case back down on dosage. Interactions~Zinc might decrease how much antibiotic the body absorbs. Taking zinc along with some antibiotics might decrease the effectiveness of some antibiotics. To avoid this interaction take zinc supplements at least 1 hour after antibiotics. If taking other minerals, space out taking zinc at the same time.


Elderberry ~ people who have taken elderberries have higher levels of antibodies against the influenza virus, showing that not only may the berry be able to treat flu symptoms, it may also be able to prevent influenza infection and many other viral infections. Elderberry supplementation “provides an effective treatment option [for respiratory symptoms] when advanced or more invasive care is not warranted.” Elderberries work as an antiviral! There are probably many mechanisms of action, but a prime one is that elderberries contain hemagglutinin protein. This protein has been shown to stop a virus’ capability to replicate by inhibiting its ability to penetrate the cell wall, thereby preventing the virus from causing infection if taken before exposed. If elderberries are taken after infection, that keeps the virus from spreading, which reduces the duration of viral symptoms.

Elderberry polysaccharides are potent stimulators of innate immunity, so, like resveratrol, elderberry extract can help on two fronts. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a run on elderberries and warnings about elderberries, because of their known benefits in fighting flu. All elderberry products are not the same, however, and some of them could be of little value. Alcohol extraction of elderberries leaves the polysaccharides behind. Where others help fight any and all viruses. The best elderberry products for both flavonoid content and polysaccharide content are produced by ultrafiltration.

Those questioning the storm... Cytokine Storm: yes, elderberry does increase cytokines. It’s immunostimulatory effects increase the release of both inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines. As with all herbs, the actions are adaptogenic based on what the body needs. However, it is highly unlikely that elderberry alone can be attributed to causing a cytokine storm. Rather, patients with a predisposition to CRS, such as those undergoing chemotherapy or taking MABs, may want to avoid elderberry and other immune-stimulating treatments. If you take elderberry and experience symptoms of CRS, there may be an imbalance in the immune system such as an underlying deficiency in other vitamins and minerals needed for the immune system. Load up on vitamins D, C, Bs, zinc, and selenium.


Mushrooms: Eat cooked mushrooms with medicinal and immune properties: (Maitake, Enoki, Oyster, Cordyceps, Shiitake). Raw mushrooms contain small amounts of toxins, including some compounds that are considered carcinogens, and are best avoided. Cooking with shiitakes, enokis, and oysters is easy, and they are meaty and medicinal:. All of these, but especially shiitakes, also have antiviral and anticancer effects. Dried shiitakes, available at Asian grocery stores, are also effective. Two particular mushrooms, Reishi and turkey tail have anti-inflammatory effects that might actually counteract the immune hyperactivity of advanced corona virus can look more into mushrooms, if it is something that you fancy to try.


CBD effects on our immune~Cannabinoids and our Endocannabinoid receptor antagonists may influence many cellular and systemic host responses. The anti-inflammatory activity of cannabinoids may compromise host inflammatory responses to acute viral infections, but may be beneficial in persistent infections. In the medical world, the term “immune health” is broad and can invoke a number of different clinical interpretations. If our immune system is functioning at optimal levels, it does protect us from external threats, preventing disease-causing microorganisms from “invading” and multiplying once they get into the body.

The presence of a microorganism invading the body stimulates fever, an immune system reaction, which is needed to discharge the virus from the body. Fevers of 104 or less should not be treated with fever-reducers as this can prolong the illness by up to three, or even, four days. Fevers actually improve the immune response. But always consult your primary care if having a fever.

CBD is well known to have anti-viral properties that can help in the fight against viral attacks such as coronavirus. CBD and CBG is known to have antibacterial properties that assist in fighting different infections that may occur as the body fights against the virus. Anyone fighting a virus, can become anxious and agitated. The constant news cycle on coronavirus may also be increasing your anxiety and stress. CBD is anxiolytic and is why so many turn to CBD oil to prevent or inhibit their anxiousness. Did you know stress weakens the immune system? Which is why NOW more than ever if you aren't working on building your immune up, you should be!


Probiotics~ The effects of probiotics... Probiotics and prebiotics impact innate immunity by creating a gut microbiome that stimulates the immune system. One particular strain I always suggest to clients is, Lactobacillus species, especially Lactobacillus plantarum which under studies show the best evidence for immune stimulation. Another is Bifidobacterium.

Tumeric~ Turmeric may be one of the most effective nutritional supplements in existence. Many high quality studies show that it has major benefits for your body and brain. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in Turmeric.

It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. Curcumin can potentially benefit you by: Promoting your immune system. Helping you maintain your healthy digestive system. Supporting healthy bones, joints, and overall skeletal system. Promoting healthy blood and liver functions. Supporting antioxidant protection against free radicals. Promoting healthy skin. Supporting overall eye health. Providing immune system with support. Helping you maintain healthy cells with support against free radicals. Balancing the health of your digestive system. Just amazing! Adding black pepper to turmeric enhances curcumin’s bio-availability by 1,000 times, due to black pepper’s hot property called piperine. And because Turmeric is fat-soluble, its a very good idea to take it along with a healthy fat to increase the incredible health benefits. Healthy fats like avocados, coconut oil, grass fed butter and olive oil.

A very good Tip: add a teaspoon of coconut oil or, I prefer, hemp oil to a cup of peppermint tea and take your Turmeric while you sip on your tea.


Taking care of our lungs is critically important. We breathe so automatically that we don't typically pay attention to the health of our lungs until they have been compromised.

Coronavirus biology, what you need to know: In order to cause disease, any virus must enter a human cell, replicate, and damage the cell, escaping to infect adjacent cells. COVID-19 enters human cells by attaching to a protein on the cell surface called ACE-2. The pattern of COVID-19 pneumonia matches the distribution of ACE-2 in the lungs. ACE-2 is actually an enzyme with strong beneficial effects in the organs that produce it. When corona virus binds to ACE-2, the protein loses its enzyme activity. In the words of one scientist, COVID-19 produces “ACE-2 exhaustion”. Some scientists believe that ACE-2 exhaustion is responsible for the severity of pneumonia and catastrophic effects like heart failure and circulatory collapse. Laboratory studies have shown that restoring ACE-2 dramatically reduces the severity of pneumonia in animals infected with the SARS virus, a close relative to COVID 19. ACE-2 Enhancement:

Regular aerobic exercise and a plant-based whole foods diet are associated with improved ACE-2 function. Natural products shown to enhance ACE-2 include curcumin (a set of flavonoids found in the spice ~turmeric), resveratrol (a polyphenol found in red grapes and other foods), rosmarinic acid (a polyphenol found in spices like rosemary and oregano). Links above under Elderberry. Panax notoginseng (an herb used in some traditional Chinese medicines—the active Panax fractions for strengthening ACE-2 are called saponins), and alpha-lipoic acid (an anti-oxidant). ACE-2 as an enzyme produces a peptide called Ang 1-7, which is responsible for many of its cellular benefits. Ang 1-7 is made up of 7 amino acids and is absorbed if taken orally. Chyawanprash (CP)-is an Ayurvedic health supplement) which is made up of a super-concentrated blend of nutrient-rich herbs and minerals. It is meant to restore drained reserves of life force. We all know that strong immunity is necessary to fight any kind of foreign body or disease.


A few herbs of choice to help with ANY respiratory virus:

Eating a tablespoonful of Chywanprash daily enhances the immunity, specifically that of lungs and the respiratory system. In Ayurveda, good digestion or strong digestive fire plays a very important role in fighting diseases. Accordingto Ayurveda medicine, eating a piece of fresh ginger or drink ginger tea. Mint tea, cinnamon tea, and fennel tea are also good for the digestion and in turn the immune system.

Osha root and/or Lungwort two wonderful herbs for respiratory disease, I recently found out about Osha root thru an interview with a longtime experienced herbalist and have included it in my own daily regimen.

They both help to increase circulation in the lungs making it easier to breathe, promoting lung and respiratory health and clearing congestion. These herbs also help to thin mucous, relax the airways and muscles of the respiratory track and promote free breathing.

It’s already well established that antioxidants serve vital roles in the human body, from protecting the cardiovascular system to supporting healthy aging. Antioxidants are crucial for supporting organ health and wellbeing, especially in the presence of pro-oxidants, or free radicals.

That being said, it is believed that lungwort is effective against harmful organisms that affect lung and chest function due to its high level of flavonoid glycosides, another name for specific types of antioxidants. Lungwort is most often available in tinctures, teas, and capsule form. Short term or infrequent use of lungwort is generally considered safe. For supporting health on all levels, I recommend lungwort in its pure, natural form.

Osha or Ligusticum porteri, (also called bear root / bear claw) is an important perennial herb that inhabits the dry, upland meadows and ravines of the Rocky Mountain. The beneficial part of the Osha plant is the root, which has long been used and considered sacred by Native Americans for cold, cough, and other respiratory ailments. The root contains oils, including camphor, saponins, ferulic acid, terpenes, and phytosterols. Because of the range of mechanisms it has,

Osha root is commonly used as a multi-therapy for cold and flu symptoms. The root has demonstrated activity against harmful organisms and, when taken at the onset of cold, may help reduce the window of time in which indications are experienced. Although Osha root doesn’t have a direct antihistamine action, its effect is similar, and using a root tincture during a histamine flare-up can lessen indications of head colds and respiratory ailments. Also when seasonal sensitivities flare up your sinuses, osha root, which is not an actual antihistamine, does produce a similiar effect and may help calmrespiratory irritaton! Osha root is, arguably, the best American herb for lung and throat problems.


Mullein Leaf a plant that started growing plentiful two years ago on my property that I started working with. Also one of the plants the herbalist I mentioned above suggested for me. I always worked with it in lotions, oils and soaps but never internally. I do now!!! Did you know: The mullein plant has been around for thousands of years. The plant is found in many parts of the world, including the United States, and has more than 200 species. The leaves, flowers and roots of the plant are used for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases. Many have polyphenols and these compounds can have antioxidant, antiviral and antiinflammatory properties which is why I use them in topicals. With taking mullein oil internally it helps with upper airway infections and health issues.


Peppermint a favorite among scent and uses for me. Peppermint and peppermint oil contain menthol — a soothing ingredient known to relax the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract and promote free breathing. I remember joking with my Nana that she always smelled like peppermint, among other things. I now know she was using all of it for her health which she sis try to tell us and of course I would laugh about it. Guess what, I'm not laughing now and she's propbably looking down at me laughing. Wish I listened more when younger about all the concoctions she would use. I do recall a few. So paired with the antihistamine effect of peppermint, menthol is a fantastic decongestant. Many people use therapeutic chest balms and other inhalants that contain menthol to help break up congestion. Additionally, peppermint is an antioxidant and fights harmful organisms.

Let's not forget our own kitchens too! Spices and herbs conveniently in our cupboards...

Rosemary, Oregano, Sage, Basil. Of course fresh is best. All anti-microbial herbs. So start using them in fresh form & cooking with them more often!!! Dried spices end up losing their the most medicinal benefits and the more they age as well-I suggest go thru your spice cabinet and throw away any over 5months old. Buy fresh in small quantities and start using these spices if you already don't.

Tip: If you can do window sill planters for all four of these would be the most cost effective and best use.



Anti-viral hygiene: The first step is to develop these habits: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before eating, touching your face, after being in public with other people and when you return home; 20 seconds would be like singing Happy Birthday twice. A face wash is also a good idea! Soap is the ideal anti-virus in general and coronavirus cleanser, because it destroys the virus’s protective envelope. Do not use antibacterial soap; it will not kill viruses and will only damage your skin’s microbiome. Do not overuse any anti-bacterial pump, sprays, gels, foams, cleaners- for they do the same over time... Kill your healthy microbiome! Not only does your body absorb thru the largest organ you have which is your skin but you are also breathing in any particles from these products. Over time it can do more harm than good! Good old hand washing and drying with clean towel or paper towel is best! ~~~~~~~~~~

Reading up on the specific pain and fever options if contracting or carrying COVID 19 : The reason the advice against ibuprofen got circulated at all, is a study in good intentions complicated by biases and possibly by misinformation as well. It showcases how the stress of a global pandemic is causing bad and incomplete information to rise as people rush to deploy whatever protections might be available on the shelf. This info is still’s hard to figure out where the ministry’s information came from, and whether subsequent media retellings are accurate, have been conflated with different stories, or are even fake. I believe to let a fever run it’s course if it isn’t causing serious issues. It’s your bodies way of fighting off what is happening and building up it’s own immunity. This is my opinion based on my homeopathic education. Here is the link about the speculations>…/the-ibuprofen-debate-reveals-the-d…/


Since the beginning of this Covid-19 breakout, we have allowed certain government authorities, health officials, unreliable medical experts and academics, social media platforms, and search engines, the news and also health organizations to get away with fake news and misinformation. Many of these ignorant charlatans have been advocating misinformation and misleading the public with no supporting scientific studies to say it works. And unfortunately many are too accepting and sharing what they’re being told without a knowledge base or even questioning their sources...

We are responsible for our own health!

We should all be doing our part~ in building up our own immune systems, being proactive in anti-viral hygiene, limiting exposure time out and about when not feeling 100% not only for ones own health but the health of others. It’s time to stop being politically correct and even hypocritical and its time for people to start being vocal and proactive. People need to be told the truth and medical sites along with those in the medical field whether it be modern or homeopathic with the right information should not be stopped by threats or even being financially threatened by corporate entities that are being controlled by governments, big pharma and their elites.


This write up is for informational purposes only; backed by studies- many of which are medically and science based! These recommendations may change based upon availability of specific products and continuing research. They can be modified because of individual needs. The function is to address viruses overall and the biology of COVID-19 and human immune response.

More on the corona virus, and viruses in general to come in another seperate blog, SOON

Sources: My studies, research and college education, insert from friend Kimberly, Dr Galland; MD., Partap Chauhan Director; Jiva Ayurveda, Dr.LaPuma, and National Institute of Health; NCBI, Herbalist; Jane Barlow, Dr. Mitch Fleischer

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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Kelly Bonnaci; Reg. Holistic Practitioner

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