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01.12.2021


Can't smell or taste anything after covid? Maybe curcumin will help

If you're recovering from covid but still can't taste or smell anything, you may be responding well to a one-time intake of a curcumin supplement. American scientists published two remarkable cases.


Can't smell or taste anything after covid? Maybe curcumin will help


Study
There is currently no treatment for the loss of taste and smell after infection with SARS-CoV2. Of all 5 recovered covid patients, one will still suffer from the loss of taste and smell a month after healing. That's why Bert Chabot and Margaret Huntwork, two doctors at Tulane University School of Medicine, wrote an article about two covid patients for whom a supplement containing curcumin helped that problem.

Case 1
Characteristics
Healthy man, 25 years.

Symptoms
Develops covid symptoms such as headache, shortness of breath, muscle aches, fever and fatigue within a day. PCR test is positive for coronavirus infection. Also loses ability to taste food and smell odors. Symptoms have disappeared on day 5, but loss of smell and taste on day 46 after the first day of illness is still present.

Supplementation
On day 46, take a supplement containing about one gram of turmeric extract, which is 95 percent curcumin and curcumin analogues. The supplement also contains 10 milligrams of black pepper extract.

Effect of supplementation
According to the patient, 10 minutes after taking the supplement, his ability to smell and taste was restored.


Can't smell or taste anything after covid? Maybe curcumin will help


Case 2
Characteristics
Healthy man, occasionally suffers from asthma, 28 years.

Symptoms
Develops mild covid symptoms such as headache, shortness of breath, nausea, fever and knee joint pain within a day. On the same day, the PCR test is positive for coronavirus infection. On day 3, the man loses his ability to taste and smell.

Supplementation
On day 4, takes supplements containing one gram of Boswellia extract, one gram of turmeric extract that is 95 percent curcumin and curcumin analogues, and 10 milligrams of black pepper extract.

Effect of supplementation
Reports that 12 hours after taking the supplement, his ability to taste and smell has half returned. 3 days later, on day 6, his taste and smell is normal.

On day 9, the other covid symptoms have disappeared as well.

Mechanism
Fundamental studies suggest that curcumin may be able to inhibit SARS-CoV2 coronavirus. According to computer models, in cells curcumin, can prevent the coronavirus from turning on the enzyme Mpro to replicate itself [J Biomol Struct Dyn. 2021 Jun;39(9):3347-57.] or perhaps even prevent the virus from entering cells via the ACE-2-receptor [Sci Rep. 2021 Jan 21;11(1):2043.].

Conclusion
"It is worth considering a one-time dose of 1000 mg of turmeric to those experiencing anosmia [loss of smell - ed.] or ageusia [loss of taste - ed.] following COVID-19 infection", write Chabot and Huntwork.

Source:
Cureus 13(9):e17829.

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