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Common Supplements That Can Reduce Cold + Illness Severity

Hi, Dr. Meredith Warner here –

The recent pandemic has inspired many people to search for ways they can supplement and support their immune health naturally, at home.

While we do not recommend and you should never rely on supplements alone to treat or cure any illness, especially novel viruses such as COVID-19, today we’re looking at a collection of supplements that may help relieve symptoms or reduce cold & illness severity in general.

Medical School Recommendations

The Eastern Virginia Medical School and other healthcare organizations have released recommendations about a mix of readily available vitamins and supplements that may help manage respiratory illness symptoms. 

It is important to note that they acknowledge that “there is very limited data (and none specific for COVID-19)” for the combinations.”

In the interest of preventing the onset of disease, one combination the medical school recommends includes vitamin C (500mg) and quercetin (250mg - 500mg) with zinc (75mg-100mg,) alongside melatonin.

The school also recommends vitamin D3 (1,000-4,000 IU a day.)

They also recommend this combination alongside other supplements such as ivermectin and aspirin whenever you begin to show mild symptoms.

The Reasoning Behind These Recommendations

Vitamin C is powerfully antioxidant and vital to the healthy function of immune cells. It protects the body from free radicals, which can put a strain on the body as a whole and potentially impact the immune system.

A recent study demonstrated that when Vitamin C was administered to patients with acute respiratory distress symptoms experienced a decrease in their symptoms.

Quercetin, in preclinical studies, has been shown to have antiviral benefits. A Chinese study found that it reduced the ability for Coronavirus to infect other cells, but this will require further study to be proven.

Zinc is essential for the healthy development of immune cells. Some studies have even found that it reduces the risk of catching respiratory infections in the first place. It may also reduce the amount of time a patient experiences respiratory distress symptoms.

Melatonin is an often-overlooked supplement and most well-known for its ability to improve the duration and quality of sleep. However, this also means that it impacts immune health – as good rest is critical for enhancing and preserving immune function. Melatonin is also a flavonoid antioxidant.

Our Tart Cherry Extract naturally contains melatonin and cyanidin. Our extract provides these powerful antioxidants to you in a convenient form, which assists in relieving oxidative stress throughout your body – giving your immune system what it needs to ward off illness.

As for vitamin D3, there have been some studies indicating that in populations with a vitamin D deficiency a faster spread of coronavirus was more likely. 

Patients in the US with such deficiencies have been found to need hospitalization more often than those who do not have such deficiencies, although data on this particular set of circumstances is limited.

How Well Theory Can Help

At Well Theory, we believe that having a well-rounded diet is the cornerstone of ensuring you’re taking care of your overall wellbeing. If you’re deficient in essential vitamins that your immune system needs to ward off illness, you’re going to be more susceptible to prolonged symptoms.

Our CBD Multi contains clinically high dosings of Vitamin C, Zinc, D3, and more to help fill the gaps in your diet. It also contains CBD to add a powerful antioxidant + anti-inflammatory boost.

Our Herbal Immunity Defense is also vitamin-packed and designed to be paired with our CBD and PEA daily multivitamins to add a powerful immune boost. It contains quercetin to help ensure you get all the vitamins recommended in this study. 


Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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