Have you ever heard the word "Ionophores"? I hadn't either until I started researching the absorption rate of zinc.
The official scientific explanation: "Ionophores are lipid-soluble molecules that transport ions across lipid cell membranes. The subsequent disruption of cell membrane permeability results in antibacterial effects." (source)
My simplified explanation: Ionophores may help to carry zinc into the walls of our cells.
There is a lot of buzz going around concerning zinc, and for good reason. Medical professionals are seeing some great results in regards to zinc and the treatment of this most recent pandemic. As soon as I started doing a deep dive and realized the success that they are seeing, and the little the media is covering this awesome news, I knew I had to share it with all of you! I truly value all of my customers and want you to have the most up to date info for the health of you and your family.
Stop what you are doing right now and watch THIS VIDEO that is pictured below. Hopefully this video will not be removed and censored from the web. It is only 1 min and 31 seconds so it is a very quick listen.
Dr. Anthony Cardillo speaks to the prescription drug, Hydroxychloroquine in the above video. He states that "Hydroxychloroquine opens the zinc channel, zinc goes into the cell, it then blocks the replication of the cellular machinery. So it has to be used in conjunction with zinc to be effective. Every patient that I have prescribed it to has been very very ill with Covid-19 and within 8-12 hours they were basically symptom free"
So, back to Ionophores and how they relate to all of the above. Remember that Ionophores help to carry zinc into the walls of our cells and ionophores can be found in many forms.
High quality green tea
Quinine (can be found in tonic water)
Chloroquine (prescription drug)
Hydrochloroquine (prescription mentioned in video)
Out of all the options above quercetin is my first choice to help the zinc supplement that I take get transported into my cells. I would use one of the last two options (the prescriptions) if I was in really bad shape in the hospital, without question. But as a daily ionophore to help optimize zinc then this is the no brainer choice because there are no known side effects to consuming healthy foods.
Dr. Chris Majdyło states in this article here that "The aforementioned ionophores also include noteworthy natural substances, devoid of toxicity, such as– quercitin (plant flavonoid, found in many fruits and vegetables) – supports the immune system and increases the effectiveness of treatment of viral infections"
This amazing article lists 93 quercetin rich foods ranked by quercetin density. I have only listed the #1 of the veggie and #1 fruit category below, but please read the article for the full list. I know we will be loading up on local asparagus, onions, cilantro and kale. Those are our fave veggies that are high in quercetin, but pick your favorites from the list and consume some everyday!
Here is another scientific study on zinc ionophore activity of quercetin.
#1 Quercetin Rich Fruit
Guys. I was genuinely surprised to see this listed as the #1 fruit. I know elderberry is amazing and packed full of so many benefits but I was not aware that it may help transport zinc into our cells! Mind officially blown. This favorite berry of mine never disappoints. We are already taking our elderberry & honey tonic a couple of times a day right now, so we are covered on the fruit front for quercetin. But we will also be upping our consumption of blackberries, blueberries and apples since they are also shown to be dense in quercetin and we love them!
#1 Quercetin Rich Vegetable
To be honest I had no idea what this veggie was, I had to google it. I probably won't try to find dock right now, but we will definitely be consuming more of the commonly found veggies on the list that we love.
As far as the other options go, we will also be consuming some high quality green tea every day as it is very high in polyphenols and I also plan to try my hand at making my own tonic water and drinking 2 oz of it everyday. Even though I legit hate the taste of tonic water, at least this version will be free of high fructose corn syrup and homemade. It is made with Cinchona bark, which you can order online here. Recipe for making your own tonic water here. It's easy to get excited about using cinchona bark as a preferred natural remedy. For safety, we recommend following dosage instructions and recipes precisely. While cinchona bark is generally safe at low levels, it does contain quinine, a substance which may cause serious health concerns at high levels. Those with heart conditions should consult a physician before using cinchona bark.
Ok, now that our cells have a transport to be able to put that zinc to work what brand and amounts of zinc should we take?
To be honest, there are so many forms of zinc (over 15 to be exact) out there and since this post is already so long I am going to let The School of Holistic Medicine speak to the different forms of zinc in this very in depth article here. I trust and value their opinions. You can also obtain zinc from some food sources, which is always the best option and in the above article they speak to that as well.
Another Dr. speaking to zinc in relation to this virus and how much to take in this video. He states there is no data to back up taking zinc as a preventative to help, but we are still choosing to take a low doze of zinc every other day right now. Do what is best for you and what you and your doctor agree upon.
Guys, share this far and wide. Your mama, grandparents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends all need to know this information! God forbid, if you were to find yourself in the hospital very sick with this virus, wouldn't you want to know this info? What if the doctor seeing you was not aware of these findings? They typically wouldn't prescribe an anti-malaria drug like Hydroxychloroquine to you for this virus unless they had seen this information. This is why it is so important for us to stay informed and I am doing my part sharing this with you so you can share this info with everyone you know. Hopefully the media will begin to share this positive news, but as of now it has not been shared widely to my knowledge. If you aren't subscribed to my newsletter make sure you subscribe (and mark us as a safe sender so it doesn't go to junk/spam) so you can always get the info I share straight to your email!
*as always this post is not to be substituted for medical advice. I am not a medical doctor. This is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any illness. Please see a medical professional if you have any concerns about a specific illness or issue.