Can Curcumin from Turmeric help fight COVID-19?
Updated: May 17
The current coronavirus outbreak is an ongoing event and certain details may change as new information comes to light. Currently at this time there are no available prescription medicines for treatment of the new coronavirus but there may be some hope to fight off the virus by naturally supplementing with Turmeric and Curcumin.
Turmeric, most commonly known as the spice found in curry, is not only known for its flavour, but for its purported health benefits as well. Its active compound, Curcumin, is a popular anti-inflammatory supplement. that has shown in many studies to have therapeutic application against viruses.
Let's run through some of the areas in which Curcumin may be able to help us in the fight against COVID-19:
Some clinical trials suggest that two months of curcumin supplementation at 500 mg/day can reduce hay fever symptoms like sneezing, itching, runny nose, and congestion.
In a study on almost 2,500 people, eating a diet rich in curcumin was associated with an improved lung function, especially among current and past smokers.
Because curcumin blocks cytokine release, it has been suggested to prevent life-threatening complications of severe viral infections. Curcumin also reduced lung damage and inflammation caused by air pollution, different chemicals (benzo-alpha-pyrene, bleomycin, paraquat, hydrochloric acid, and polyethylene glycol), diabetes, and lung transplantation in animal studies.
In one study, mice that were infected with the flu were given curcumin which subsequently increased their survival rate and reduced lung damage and inflammation.
Curcumin has shown antiviral activity in many studies upon consumption and it appeared to protect experimental animals from viral infection.