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Dr. Adria’s Immune Support & Antiviral Protocol

Antiviral Protocol: By Dr. Adria Rothfeld, DC, CNS, MS
Nutritional Wellness Center: 281 Route 34 Colts Neck NJ
1944 Richmond Avenue Staten Island NY
Phone: 732-308-3030 // 718-370-7500

DO NOT start any of the supplements in this protocol without first getting approval from your personal physician.

Please click on the underlined links to read the published research.

Vitamins that Support the Immune System:

Vitamin A: It has been proven that Vitamin A deficiency reduces the immune response to infection. Vitamin A supports sIgA which is the immune border patrol for the sino-respiratory, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. It helps support the mucosal barriers and supports the white blood cell and natural killer cell responses. Infections can also reduce vitamin A levels in the body.

Best Food sources of vitamin A: Fruits and vegetables

Dark green leafy vegetables, for example spinach and chard


Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes


Bell Peppers



Yellow maize



Animal sources

Liver, eggs, milk (including breast milk)


Red palm oil

Selenium: Selenium has antiviral effects.

Best Food Sources: Brazil nuts are among the richest dietary sources of selenium, an essential mineral with antioxidant properties. Selenium plays an important role in reproduction, metabolism, and immune health.

A single Brazil nut contains 68 to 91 micrograms (mcg) of selenium, meaning that just one nut per day can provide the daily recommended adult allowance of 55 mcg.

In addition to selenium, Brazil nuts contain essential minerals and healthy fats.

Vitamin C: Humans cannot make their own vitamin C. It is a potent antioxidant, with immunomodulatory and anti-infectious properties. It is antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal. Vitamin C deficiency leads to weakened immunity and higher susceptibility to infection. Supplementation with Vitamin C helps to prevent and treat respiratory and systemic infections. Prophylactic prevention of infection requires dietary vitamin C intakes that provide at least adequate, if not saturating plasma levels (i.e., 100-200 mg/day), which optimize cell and tissue levels. In contrast, treatment of established infections requires significantly higher (gram) doses of the vitamin to compensate for the increased inflammatory response and metabolic demand.

Best Food Sources of Vitamin C:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Citrus fruits and juices, such as orange and grapefruit
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries
  • Watermelon

Vitamin D: Low vitamin D has been shown to be associated with increased risk for respiratory infection. Large-scale studies have found that vitamin D is protective against acute respiratory illness.

Probiotics: Studies have proven that probiotics, defined as “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host” play a role in prevention against upper respiratory infections. In fact, a study in Canada found that probiotic use significantly reduced the incidence of missed work days due to respiratory illness and in fact avoided 52,000-84,000 antibiotic courses as well as 330-500,000 sick-leave days.

This study was published based upon the recent Coronavirus pandemic in China: [Management of corona virus disease-19 (COVID-19): the Zhejiang experience].

Some patients with COVID-19 showed intestinal microbialdysbiosis with decreased probiotics such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Nutritional and gastrointestinal function should be assessed for all patients. Nutritional support and application of prebiotics or probiotics were suggested to regulate the balance of intestinal microbiota and reduce the risk of secondary infection due to bacterial translocation.

Astragalus: Can interfere with the metabolism of several medications.

Chin J Integr Med. 2020 Feb 17. doi: 10.1007/s11655-020-3192-6. [Epub ahead of print]

Can Chinese Medicine Be Used for Prevention of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)? A Review of Historical Classics, Research Evidence and Current Prevention Programs.

Since December 2019, an outbreak of corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) occurred in Wuhan, and rapidly spread to almost all parts of China. This was followed by prevention programs recommending Chinese medicine (CM) for the prevention. In order to provide evidence for CM recommendations, we reviewed ancient classics and human studies.


There were 3 studies using CM-Chinese Medicine, for prevention of SARS and 4 studies for H1N1 influenza. None of the participants who took CM contracted SARS in the 3 studies. The infection rate of H1N1 influenza in the CM group was significantly lower than the non-CM group (relative risk 0.36, 95% confidence interval 0.24-0.52; n=4). For prevention of COVID-19, 23 provinces in China issued CM programs. The main principles of CM use were to tonify qi to protect from external pathogens, disperse wind and discharge heat, and resolve dampness. The most frequently used herbs included Radix astragali (Huangqi)-astragalus, Radix glycyrrhizae (Gancao), Radix saposhnikoviae (Fangfeng), Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae (Baizhu), Lonicerae Japonicae Flos (Jinyinhua), and Fructus forsythia (Lianqiao).


Based on historical records and human evidence of SARS and H1N1 influenza prevention, Chinese herbal formula could be an alternative approach for prevention of COVID-19 in high-risk population. Prospective, rigorous population studies are warranted to confirm the potential preventive effect of CM.

NAC-N acetylcysteine: Key for pulmonary support, proven to prevent viral replication in multiple viral infections including H5N1 Influenza A virus. NAC reduced pulmonary inflammation and swelling and supported the immune response. Viruses attack the airway epithelium (surface), increasing inflammation and cell death through oxidative stress mechanisms, that are involved in the deterioration of the patient’s health during the course of the disease. The antioxidant NAC has proven useful in reducing symptoms, exacerbations and accelerated lung decline.

Research: “Therefore, antioxidants like NAC represent a potential additional treatment option that could be considered in the case of an influenza A virus pandemic.”

Liposomal Glutathione: For years, glutathione was proven to effectively support the immune response but was so poorly absorbed orally that it created expensive urine. The liposomal form, instead, can significantly increase blood levels and in turn improve immune function, raising important Natural Killer Cell Cytotoxicity (cell killing) up to 400% by 2 weeks.

CONCLUSIONS: “Collectively, these preliminary findings support the effectiveness of daily liposomal GSH administration at elevating stores of GSH and impacting the immune function and levels of oxidative stress.”

Silver: The ABL silver we recommend is supported by 400+ studies performed by 60+ leading laboratories and universities, with 30+ different safety studies and 50+ US and international patents. This is the only silver product with proven safety in human ingestion studies. It is 10x more effective than products containing up to 3,000 ppm silver. NO silver buildup. Exits the body in 24 hours. Proven to be more bioavailable. Patented SilverSol technology. Does not kill off friendly bacteria like lactobacillus and bifidobacterial. Animal studies in H5N1 Bird Flu proved a significantly higher survival rate.

Carnosine: Studied in models of lung damage associated with influenza and other infections. Research has proven that is significantly improved lung damage associated with Swine Flu infection. In animal models it was proven to reduce mortality, improve pathological lesions in lungs and reduce the pulmonary inflammation that was associated with this disease. With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, it had preventive effects on tissue injury, swelling and inflammation.

To quote the research: “The data presented in this article, overall, may have implications for global influenza surveillance and planning for pandemic influenza therapeutic prevention with oral forms of non-hydrolized natural L-carnosine as a suitable alternative to the conventional vaccination for various flu ailments.”

Spirulina: Proven antiviral. Inhibits viral plaque formation in a broad range of influenza viruses. It can act at early stages of infection to reduce viral loads and improve survival in flu-infected mice. Anticancer, antiviral and antiallergic effects. Some people can have an allergic response to spirulina.

Green tea: Catechins in green tea possess activity against acute infections as well as play a role in prevention: A placebo-controlled randomized trial with 270 healthcare workers  found that the catechins in green tea protect against upper respiratory tract infections.

Immunoberry/Immunitone: Contains several potent immune stimulants including mushroom extracts. Not recommended for those with autoimmune diseases.

Panax Ginseng: Is contraindicated in the following situations: Medications such as phenelzine (Nardil), warfarin (Coumadin), oral hypoglycemics, insulin, or caffeine, and about use in patients with hypertension or bleeding.

Possible Side Effects: Nausea, diarrhea, euphoria, insomnia, headaches, hypertension, hypotension, mastalgia, vaginal bleeding, blood pressure abnormalities

The main active components of Panax ginseng are ginsenosides, which have been shown to have a variety of beneficial effects, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer effects. Results of clinical research studies demonstrate that Panax ginseng may improve psychologic function, immune function, and conditions associated with diabetes. Do not take ginseng without consulting your doctor if you take any medications.

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