Scientists Research Turmeric and Curcumin as Possible Treatment for Covid-19

Our last blog regarding Turmeric and Covid was over a year ago and cautioned anyone from relying on Turmeric as a primary strategy for combating Covid. The last thing we would ever want is to detract from the advice and counsel our customers receive from scientific and health authorities and from their personal physician.

Having said that it is interesting to note the number of scientific studies and articles addressing the anti-inflammatory properties of Turmeric and Curcuminoids as a potential treatment for patients with Covid. We know that science has studied and documented the overall beneficial properties of turmeric and curcumin specifically as it relates to inflammation. Studies are now looking at the efficacy of that inflammation response in Covid treatment.

Medical researchers have spread a wide net, looking at hundreds of medicines, therapies, and treatments to try and determine if any of them could have positive applicability for combating Covid. Given the severity of the disease and continued spread of the pandemic it is not surprising that medical research would also look at nutraceuticals like curcumin. 

We are not qualified to interpret or draw any conclusions from the research we reviewed and would encourage anyone with an interest in this subject to review some of the articles and studies published and available on university and science-based websites.

Here is a link to one article on Science Direct:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0753332221003632 

Almost all the studies we reviewed concluded that more research and study is needed on this subject. An example of that kind of language is provided below from a study found of the NIH National Library of Medicine.

Here is a link to the article:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7590269/ 

“COVID‐19 is spreading worldwide, leading a pandemic. There is no definitive treatment yet for this disease. In this review, we summarized clinical and molecular mechanisms that curcumin might be effective to treat COVID‐19. Research evidence suggests that curcumin will be useful to treat patients especially in ARDS cases with high mortality risk. Curcumin has several therapeutic effects including antiviral, antinociceptive, anti‐inflammatory, antipyretic, and antifatigue effects with several molecular mechanisms such as antioxidant, antiapoptotic, antifibrotic effects, and inhibitory effects on NF‐κB, inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, Toll‐like receptors, and bradykinin. The importance of this review is due to the fact that curcumin is a nutraceutical that could be a new treatment option to combat the COVID‐19 pandemic. Designing the best formulation with high efficacy and good bioavailability is necessary. Further clinical studies should focus on curcumin against COVID‐19 infection.”

At Honest Roots we continue to caution that our product should not be viewed as a strategy for preventing or treating Covid and that our customers should rely upon their physician and national health authorities for information and advice.

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