What chloroquine, quercetin, and EGCG have in common for the battle against Covid-19
While chloroquine, quercetin, and EGCG are ionophores for zinc, unlike chloroquine quercetin and EGCG are natural plant compounds that don’t require a prescription and neither have been shown to have the many side effects that chloroquine has such as headaches, diarrhea, stomach upset, mood changes, hair loss, and even vision loss when used long term. However, I would be cautious with EGCG as there is some evidence that it may cause liver issues something supplement researcher Jerry Brainum discussed when he was on the LLA show a few years ago. Given the information available, quercetin is a much safer bet and the one I have added to my regimen. Also, keep in mind that drinking high-quality green tea does not have the same issues as EGCG supplementation as it has much lower concentrations of EGCG than a standardized nutraceutical.
Back to chloroquine for a second, it is salient to know people using chloroquine under medical supervision to battle Covid-19 are generally only on it for five to seven days to drive down the viral load so if I had the serious symptoms associated with Covid-19, I wouldn’t be too concerned about the side effects as you will only be on the drug for a relatively short time frame. In fact, in a recent French study by Professor Dider Raoult shows the number of people who test positive for Covid-19 drops from 100 percent to 30 percent within six days! For those who didn't take the drug, the number was more than 80% after six days. While the studies on chloroquine are promising, chloroquine is not something you should try to buy from an international pharmacy online and take without medical supervision. This is a decision you need to make with your physician as any underlying health issues you have needs to be taken into consideration to weigh the pros and cons.
If the notion of adding yet another supplement to your regimen is not appealing keep in mind that many foods contain quercetin such as black beans, onions, apples, grapes, berries, broccoli, citrus fruits, cherries, and tea. If you consume a large number of fruits and veggies daily you may be getting adequate levels of quercetin as well as zinc assuming your gut health is optimal as well as the quality of the food sources. Regardless, I rather not leave things to chance and think it is worth getting on a high-quality quercetin supplement.
Even if quercetin turns out to be ineffective for offering any protection from Covid-19, there are many other benefits associated with it such as boosting immunity, mitigating inflammation, fighting allergies, improving exercise performance, improving insulin sensitivity, improving hearth health, and enhancing fat loss. Quercetin may also be a potent anti-estrogenic nutrient and may help with lowering excess cortisol levels as well.
One crucial lesson you should learn from times like this is the necessity of being well informed as well as taking your health seriously. Don’t leave it up to Dr. Oz to tell you what you should be doing or watching moronic TV shows like “The Doctors.” You need to do the research and be in the know so you can take the best actions based on the information available. Failure to do so is at your own peril and given how contagious Covid-19 is the detriment of others as well.