Can Antioxidants Help Us Survive Viruses like the Flu?

Many of the people who die from viruses like the flu, die because of damage to their lungs caused by their own immune systems. The immune system is activated by the presence of the virus in the lungs. The immune system produces free radicals (highly reactive charged molecules) to destroy the virus. The free radicals are like a shotgun blast, hitting the virus but also destroying healthy lung tissue in the vicinity.

This excessive production of free radicals will destroy the virus, but also causes extensive lung damage in the process. This is known as the ‘cytokine storm’. It has been identified and studied for years.

Antioxidants are molecules that absorb free radical electrons, neutralizing them and making them harmless. Antioxidants can mute the immune response, allowing for the destruction of the virus but avoiding the excessive damage to the lungs. The result is that recovery is faster and less likely to cause death.

Carbon 60 is one of the strongest and most effective antioxidants known. We do not have clinical trials to prove it will prevent, cure or treat viruses like the flu. Those trials will take years and cost millions of dollars.

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