Zinc and COVID-19: What malaria drugs can teach us

By Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND

Medical Disclaimer: The information in this article is for general information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.

Contact your health care provider about any questions concerning your health.

Without a federal pandemic response team to consolidate data and coordinate a response, the coronavirus situation is looking a few bacteria short of a decent kombucha. Despite herculean efforts by devoted medical professionals who are almost to the point of sharing hospital gowns, you cannot depend on available or effective treatment. The best plan is to optimize your own immune response and avoid the need for emergency intervention.

Luckily, the South Koreans have a Cracker Jack pandemic response team and they developed a treatment plan that kept their mortality levels at a fraction of what other countries are experiencing. If you get sick, you cannot write your own prescriptions based on their protocol, but you may be able to use what they discovered to prevent the need for more intensive interventions.

The Birds and the Bees: Virus Version

Recall that viruses are pieces of genetic material that cannot reproduce themselves. They need an organism with cells capable of replicating genetic material. COVID-19 is an RNA virus twisted under a protective fatty layer. On its surface is a protein so small it is just called the letter S. If they can find a friendly receptor, S proteins can attach a virus to a cell wall and dump in its genetic material for a little viral hanky-panky. Cell walls are loaded with different kinds of receptors because substances are constantly passing in and out. The receptors are molecularly specific, like a lock is to a key to keep out trouble.

S protein fits into receptors of lung cells. They dock, just like the Starship Enterprise. In goes the RNA strand ready to replicate. All RNA, including destructive viral RNA is made from the same 4 nucleotide building blocks. RNA is a string of coded instructions for how to reproduce and make proteins the cell needs to function. The RNA readers (ribosomes) will copy any instructions if they contain some combination of the 4 nucleotides and a boss enzyme gives the command. A human enzyme would never tell the ribosomes to copy foreign RNA, so the viruses provide their own enzyme. This enzyme is called RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRP) or replicase, for short. RdRP tells the cell to copy the virus RNA and make it snappy.

Viruses reproduce quickly and take over as many cells as fast as they can. All too soon the immune system will notice the foreigner in the dock on the cell surface and start the ejection process. The more RdRP, the faster and more aggressive the invasion.

RdRP Meet Zinc

You have heard zinc is good for your immune system, but did you know it is ultimate RdRP kyptonite? Zinc blocks RdRP and slows down virus reproduction. In theory, zinc could control COVID-19 but it must get into the cell. Zinc needs the biological equivalent of a UPS truck to transport it through the cell’s protective membrane. This facilitator molecule is called an ionophore. Ionophore means ion carrier. Zinc is an ion or a molecule with an electrical charge. The ionophore binds to zinc, carries it from the blood through the fatty bilayer of the cell wall and drops it off inside.

The old malaria drugs, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are zinc ionophores. They transport zinc into the cell to shut down RdRP in malaria but doctors in South Korea and China report they also help patients with COVID-19, though there are no clinical studies. The protocols (which reportedly sometimes include added zinc) have not undergone the rigor we all love but who has had the time?

One old study found that a small amount of chloroquine was more effective at increasing intracellular zinc than taking large amounts of zinc. Chloroquine is an old, cheap prescription medicine with an arm’s length of side effects. (Hydroxychloroquine is similar but with fewer side effects.) Good to know how it might help. Better not to need it.

If zinc has trouble getting into the cell, is it worth taking extra zinc?

I think so. While high amounts of zinc will not change the intercellular levels by much, poor zinc status is what a virus wants in a host. And many people have sub-optimal intake or tissue levels of zinc and don’t know it. This may be one reason young adults or older people who seem healthy can succumb to COVID-19.

Common reasons people may not have enough zinc:

  1. Picky eating. A diet of refined foods is low in zinc. Zinc is found in nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains, somevegetables, meat and seafood.
  2. Poor absorption due to digestive issues.
  3. Exposure to aluminum, mercury, lead, or other heavy metals. (Aluminum is everywhere. Even vaccines andmedicines can contain significant amounts.)
  4. Use of reflux medications. Over the counter reflux medicines block the uptake of many nutrients includingcalcium, magnesium, iron, vitamins B-12 and D, and zinc.
  5. Higher need due to illness or growth. This includes exposure to COVID-19.
  6. Less absorption with advanced age.
  7. Too much copper or iron intake.
  8. Alcohol consumption. A zinc dependent enzyme helps break down alcohol. Even if you did not drink much inthe past, you may be catching up in the present.If you have none of these risk factors consider that one of the symptoms of COVID-19 is loss of smell and taste, also a classic symptom of zinc deficiency.

Most people can use an extra 15 to 30 mg of zinc a day, especially when under immune stress. A decent multiple vitamin and mineral will contain zinc, but it is all about the absorption and balance with other nutrients. Check with a knowledgeable health professional if you have questions.

Eat Your Ionophores

Preliminary research suggests that the plant compounds, quercetin and epigallocatechin-gallate (EGCG) may also work as zinc ionophores.     Both antioxidants raised the intracellular levels of zinc in laboratory tests but who knows if or how much of these substances would do the same in real live people. Quercetin is found in loads of fruits, vegetables including apples, berries, brassica vegetables, onions and tomatoes. One study found organically grown tomatoes had 79% more quercetin than conventionally grown. Quercetin is known to have anti-inflammation, antiviral activity and reduce infection risk.

EGCG is the main reason green tea is good for you. It is the most active of a family of compounds called catechins. Catechins have beneficial effects in metabolic syndrome, inflammation diseases and fighting cancer.

The reason nutrition professionals yammer on about eating whole foods is because of all the mysterious and beneficial regulating compounds they contain. Quercetin and EGCG being just two. There is a word for movies where the handsome but troubled hero lives on nothing but warm beer and reheated toaster pastries yet has endless energy to jump off moving trains and tackle villains. That word is fiction. I bet Dwayne Johnson gets plenty of quercetin in real life. And Jason Statham probably guzzles green tea.

You could play with supplemental quercetin and EGCG if you feel vulnerable, but nobody knows how much might help with COVID-19. I take quercetin in the spring with vitamin C to reduce allergy symptoms and am thinking about stepping it up. I figure it can only hurt my pocketbook. On the other hand, I bet the price of hydroxychloroquine is way up. Should have bought stock when I could.

Many thanks to Dr. Roger Seheult co-founder of MedCram and his many enlightening and fascinating talks on COVID-19 on YouTube. Here is one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eeh054-Hx1U

1 https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf5014633
2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4808895/ 3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6315581/

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6 thoughts on “Zinc and COVID-19: What malaria drugs can teach us”

  1. I Like the article. very informative. the only clarification i would like to make is that hydroxychloroquin only cost ten cents/per pill to make and is typically sold in the united states for $12 for a seven day supply.

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  2. Mr 9 I understand your comment questioning about the Chem-trailing. I believe there’s no ground for a realistic expectation to see the British Government turning compassionate toward its citizens, putting an end to Chem-trailing. That’s not the nature of the game, see?
    Often politics and compassion live in different planets, so to speak.
    And as a nutritionist and health-coach, I’d like to point out that ultraviolet light assists in detoxification of the body, for example, to remove heavy metals. And Vitamin D, which turns into a hormone once the body absorbs it with the help of fat, helps with the maintenance of our bones and heart. Exposure to sunlight creates Vit. D in our bodies. Both aren’t going to kill Covid-19, but they assist us to prevent contamination, or else, it may allow our bodies to move through this flu with relative ease.

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  3. Great to hear advice that sounds like sensible advice, to me, based on factual knowledge.
    The following could well become an article in itself.
    A remedy that isn’t discussed much, but very effective in preventing and removing pathogens (toxic offspring from a virus or bacterial attack) is MMS. The full name of the term MMS is Miracle Mineral Solution, later called Master Mineral Solution by Jim Humble, the founder, who has spent many years in Africa.

    MMS is sodium chlorite 22.4%. MMS1 or Activated MMS is chlorine dioxide. The chlorine dioxide is made with sodium chlorite 22.4% mixed with an activator. Activators most commonly used are 4% HCl (hydrochloric acid) or 50% citric acid.

    The man who, sort of by accident found the effect of it to be a healing remedy for malaria, and cured 1000’s of patients in Africa, is Jim Humble. Here’s his website www.jimhumble.org His free e-book “BREAKTHROUGH The Miracle Mineral Solution for the 21st century” is present in that link. Including recommendations where to order MMS.
    My provider is www.vitalundfitmit100.de selling MMS as a water purifier, under the name Natriumchloride. This is sold as a set, with a citric acid bottle.

    The positive aspect of Milk-acid (Milchsaure) a fermentation product based on milk, used as a component to mix with MMS or Natriumchloride, is that it has a longer lasting working mode and can be used as a spray, to clear the throat and nasal hollows, for disinfection, when one has stood in the approach route of the Coronavirus or any other virus ready to strike.

    Vitalundfitmit100 is a company selling all kinds of Nature products, in Monchengladbach Germany. There’s no provider in Britain or The Netherlands.

    The modern medical industry has censored MMS severely and has declared this remedy as being bleach. Therefore, it’s not allowed to sell this remedy as a medicine. It is actually a water purifier as well, for it kills germs and pathogens in all forms or any medium.

    “MMS must be activated drop for drop, with the activator. Mix the drops in a clean dry glass, count 30 seconds so the drops can activate—they should turn an amber color. After the 30-second count add 1/2 cup (4 ounces/120ml) of water, then immediately drink it down. (Do not leave this to sit for more thana few seconds, it must be taken immediately or it will begin to lose potency.)

    First, take six activated drops of MMS in a 1/2 cup of water. Wait one hour, and then take six more activated drops in 1/2 cup of water. That may do it. You will know within two hours if it killed the disease by how you feel. What to do next depends upon how those first two doses made you feel.

    Follow these next directions carefully:
    Step 1. If you feel better after taking the two 6-drop doses of MMS, reduce your intake to 3 activated drops in 1/2 cup of water every hour for eight hours a day, until completely well. You may want to continue this for up to 21 days to be sure you are free of dis-ease and as overall detoxification of the body.

    Always take the MMS within seconds of mixing up the dose. Any time you should feel worse when taking MMS, proceed with Step 2 below.

    Step 2. Any time after taking MMS activated drops you feel worse, cut your intake by one half but do not stop hourly doses. If you still feel worse cut your intake by one half again, but continue with hourly doses. Feeling worse after taking the MMS drops such as showing signs of nausea, diarrhea or headache is actually a sign that you are ridding your body of toxins. It is called a Herxheimerreaction.

    It indicates you are killing the disease, but you are killing it too fast—the point is to go slow enough so as not to make yourself unnecessarily uncomfortable. These suggestions are only to get you started should you come down with a life-threatening virus.

    You need the MMS Health Recovery Guidebook for complete instructions. There are more details and important things to know for getting well, such as do not take things that neutralize MMS such as coffee, tea, orange juice, milk, alcohol, things very high in antioxidants and so on, at the same time you take MMS doses.

    I wrote the Guidebook with all the details in mind, I simply cannot repeat it all here—so get the book. In the MMS Health Recovery Guidebook, I have outlined a Health Recovery Plan which gives full instructions and protocols on how to handle another illness and disease.
    If you do not have coronavirus, but you think you have been exposed, you might want to take two 6-drop doses of MMS, an hour apart.

    I would then suggest doing the Starting Procedure, followed by Protocol 1000, as a preventative measure and as overall detoxification of your body. And last, but not least,
    I recommend a daily maintenance dose of MMS for all. Full details of these protocols are found in the MMS Health Recovery Guidebook, available here: ​jhbooks.org
    As mentioned above, educate yourself now—familiarize yourself with MMS today, don’t wait until you are in the middle of a crisis”.

    This is a remedy that might be helpful for you. I’m using it as a preventive remedy.
    Good health to you!

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  4. Can someone tell me why the British Government is still Chem-trailing the sky’s
    this is Treason to the British people.lock us in and still spray the sky
    EVERY ONE KNOWS ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT KILLS CORVID-19
    AND VITAMIN D KILLS CORVID -19

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    • The answer to your question is: Because the ‘dark forces’ are trying to kill 90% of the population and make the remaining 10% population prisoners of slave labor, they are spraying the skies with chemtrails to block the sun so their mutated virus will not be destroyed. And the chemtrails contain heavy metals, designed to breakdown the immune system. It is a world-wide spraying that needs to be stopped NOW!

      Selling the virus to easily manipulated and controlled populations sets Humanity up for acceptance of the dark forces’ vaccines a population reduction agenda designed to stop our ascension to the Higher Schools of Learning in the 5th dimension and as with all vaccines, destruction of our pineal glands and immune systems.

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    • If the treacherous British governent really cared about the general public, they would stop the chemtrailing immediately. Chemtrails contain nano-particles of dangerous heavy metals (amongst other poisons) which trash the immune system – thereby making us all more vulnerable to any viruses, including Covid19. Our criminal politicians should be charged with crimes against humanity.

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