In a case study, scientists claim that vitamin C can cure human patients of the Zika virus. Adequate nutrition is the first line of defense against zika virus, say the researchers. The team from Puerto Rico reported that A 54-year-old woman was presented at a local health clinic with Zika virus. The patient had acquired multiple mosquito bites several days before seeking medical attention. Three days after the bites, the patient developed a fever and chills. By day five of the illness, the patient was in significant discomfort, experiencing a rash, joint and muscle tenderness and a headache.
Multiple diagnostic tests revealed that the patient had acquired Zika virus, following which, began a treatment with high doses of vitamin C. The patient’s condition radically improved just over the course of 3 days. On day 1, the patient was given 25 grams of vitamin C, 50 grams on day 2 and 75 grams on day 3.
The researchers go on to note that there is a large body of scientific evidence which indicates vitamin C’s efficacy against illness when given intravenously.
The researchers said “All this evidence confirms the effectiveness of ascorbic acid against viral infections, and against Zika fever, as suggested by the patient’s swift response to IVC [intravenous vitamin C]. Furthermore, no negative side effects resulted during or after the treatment. Based on the positive outcome in this case, we propose that IVC should be studied further as a potential treatment for acute viral infections.”