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Vitamin D & CBD’s Benefits for Treating COVID-19

As the United States has surpassed the one year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have quietly settled into a new normal- or at least for the foreseeable future. As new studies, research, and information are being developed by the day, the list of ways to protect ourselves continues to grow. Pertaining to that list are two immune system boosters that Dr. Greenberg has found to be especially helpful for his patients and friends who fought off COVID-19 in the past year. While these supplements can in no way cure COVID-19, their benefits have proved helpful in the recovery period and even prevention of the virus.

Vitamin D May Help Fight COVID-19

To no surprise, the primary immune system booster is vitamin D. Taking vitamin D regularly allows the body to receive the proper intake of calcium and phosphate, which are minerals that work to keep your bones, teeth, and muscles strong and healthy. When a patient has a major vitamin D deficiency, symptoms include weakness, aches, and fatigue; however, minor deficiencies often go undetected in the absence of blood work. This preliminary weakness makes it much more difficult for the body to fight the virus off.

According to a study done by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, COVID-19 patients who were vitamin D deficient were more likely to experience the severity of the virus. Additionally, those same studies have shown that COVID-19 patients who were directed to take vitamin D supplements as part of their treatment when infected with the virus were significantly less likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit.

The bottom line is that while vitamin D won’t cure COVID-19, it can be a precautionary measure taken daily to decrease the complications you may experience if the virus is contracted. There are a variety of sources you can turn to to receive an adequate amount of vitamin D, including foods such as egg yolks, mushrooms, and dairy products, or going outside for some sunlight. When it comes to vitamin D dietary supplements, Dr. Greenberg recommends taking 5000 iu daily.

CBD May Reduce Lung Damage Caused By COVID-19

As CBD’s use in the medical field continues to grow exponentially, a recent study conducted by The Dental College of Georgia (DCG) and the Medical College of Georgia suggests that the chemical compound “reduces damage in the lungs spurred by cytokine storms caused by coronavirus.” Cytokine storms are caused by an overactive inflammatory response; yet, CBD has been linked to reducing inflammation as well as lung damage, which in turn increases oxygen levels.

While few studies have conducted actual experimentation, medical researchers have tested the theory on mice, who were artificially induced with Poly(I:C) to recreate the COVID-19 symptoms in humans. The mice were then treated with CBD, which resulted in lowered levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines as well as increases in lymphocyte levels in their blood, which are important white blood cells for fighting off infections.”

Despite the fact that much more research and development must be conducted in the months to come, CBD’s experimentation and uses discovered thus far suggest the chemical compound may reduce lung damage caused by COVID-19. While there’s definitely no harm in adding vitamin D and CBD into your dietary supplement routine to be precautionary, be sure to wash your hands, wear a mask when outside of your home, and stay safe!

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How NAD+ Prevents Muscle Deterioration

At Greenberg Regenerative Medicine, we take pride in finding solutions for our patients suffering from chronic pain. With advances in science and regenerative medicine treatments, we are able to treat muscle deterioration and help our patients live pain-free. 

What is Muscle Deterioration? 

As we age, our body changes in more ways than we realize. Some may notice that it is becoming harder to complete everyday tasks such as carrying groceries or moving around easily which is caused by deterioration. Overtime, the body’s muscles begin to break down and/or weaken which may be caused from a lack of use on an everyday basis. 

As we know, exercise and taking care of your overall health has many benefits. It is especially important to continue to exercise after the age of 30 because muscles deteriorate at a rate of 3%-8% per decade. Muscle deterioration can be frustrating for those experiencing these new changes in their bodies, but as science advances we wonder: Can these changes be reversed? The Greenberg team sure thinks so! 

The Connection Between Muscle Deterioration & Degenerative Muscle Disease

As research on muscle deterioration continues, researchers are finding that muscle deterioration may not only be caused from lack of muscle use and are finding an increasing connection linked to muscle diseases. In other words, it has been found that protein aggregates that are associated with aging can be blocked in the skeletal muscles to prevent muscle deterioration. These aggregates may also damage mitochondria, which can weaken the strength of muscles. At Greenberg Regenerative Medicine, we are always looking for ways to improve the health and well-being of our clients. Dr. Greenberg believes this correlation contributes to the aging process, but also can lead to major issues ranging from heart failure to falling and fracturing a hip. With the help of NAD+ treatments, muscle deterioration is possible in addition to improving overall body function. 

NAD+ & Its Benefits

NAD+ is a coenzyme found in all living cells which stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. It is known for its anti-aging properties and has been effective in promoting health and prolonging lifespan. Dr. Greenberg notes that through intravenous supplementation of this coenzyme, NAD+ can benefit your body in many ways by improving its functions and overall wellness.

Not only do NAD+ treatments prevent muscle deterioration, but can also repair your body and mind by providing relief to concussions, fatigue, fluoroquinolone toxicity, neurological diseases, anxiety, and depression just to name a few. Dr. Greenberg believes that these treatments can also improve your overall health by increasing mental sharpness and energy, boosting metabolism, replenishing brain cells lost due to substance abuse, improving mitochondrial function, and speeding up injury recovery. 

Can NAD+ Treat Muscle Deterioration?

Our team has seen firsthand how difficult muscle deterioration can be and how it affects daily activities for our patients, which is why we’re excited to offer NAD+ as a treatment relief for patients. 

If you’re skeptical if the treatment actually works, medical researchers have studied the use of NAD+ to treat muscle Deterioration on worms and found that when treated, the worm’s age related protein was reduced and overall lifespan had improved. When tested on humans and mice, they found that both had the same positive results, as humans protein and mitochondrial homeostasis improved while  amyloid aggregates improved in the mice. 

Are you suffering from muscle deterioration and want to improve the quality of your life? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Greenberg to determine a treatment plan that best-suited for you.