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26.06.2023


Ginger speeds up recovery from Covid-19 by thirty percent

Covid-19 is over and we, the industrious compilers of this free web magazine, hope it stays that way. But just in case SARS-CoV-2 makes a surprising comeback, we read a Chinese trial in which ginger supplementation accelerates recovery from Covid-19.


Covid-19 is over and we, the industrious compilers of this free web magazine, hope it stays that way. But just in case SARS-CoV-2 makes a surprising comeback, we read a Chinese trial in which ginger supplementation accelerates recovery from Covid-19.


Study
Researchers at Fudan University in China divided 227 patients, who had been hospitalized with but not always due to Covid-19, into 2 groups. One group took 1.5 grams of ginger extract at breakfast and lunch, the other group did not. So the test subjects used 3 grams of ginger every day.

The researchers used a product from Fujian Longzhi Biotechnology. They dissolved it in warm water and drank it like tea. We have not been able to find information about the exact composition.

Results
The subjects in the control group spent an average of 8.5 days in hospital. After that, they were symptom-free, no longer tested positive, and were allowed to leave.

This was 6 days for the subjects in the ginger group. The subjects who took ginger powder were therefore home an average of 2.5 days earlier than the subjects in the other group. This equates to a reduction of the recovery period by more than thirty percent.

The positive effect of ginger was particularly noticeable among people over 60. There was no statistically significant decrease in the length of stay for women, but there was for men.

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Ginger speeds up recovery from Covid-19 by thirty percent


Mechanism
According to in silico research, 6-gingerol, an active compound in ginger, can attach to the coronavirus spike protein and the ACE-2 receptor of human cells. SARS-CoV-2 can enter cells through that receptor. [Futur J Pharm Sci. 2021;7(1):13.]

In this way, ginger may be able to thwart the virus in the human body, making it less difficult for the immune system to fight the infection.

Conclusion
"Supplementing individuals with covid-19 with ginger could be a cost-effective strategy in the future treatment of covid-19," the researchers summarize.

Source:
Nutr Metab (Lond). 2022 Dec 28;19(1):84.

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