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Can Curcumin be an Efficient Prevention against Viral Infections?

A prominent cause for human pain and death, in many cases, is the presence of a variety of infectious diseases. Viral infections such as the common cold, influenza, adenovirus, SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome), smallpox, hepatitis, herpes, yellow fever etc. have a huge impact on human lives. Viruses, attack mainly by invading the normal living cells and then multiply to produce similar viruses which have a negative impact on the body. This leads to alteration in the physiology of the cell, which further damages or kills the cell and leads to sickness. Different types of viruses attack specific cells in your body like the respiratory system, liver, or blood etc. Outbreak of such infections can be lethal and sooner than later turn into pandemic. One such example of a viral pandemic is the outbreak of COVID-19 which affected lakhs of humans around the world.

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is a disease caused by Coronavirus, a common virus that eventually leads to severe respiratory tract infection. Most coronaviruses are not dangerous. However, the new type of coronavirus, that is said to have originated in China, can cause severe acute respiratory syndrome. This is the virus that caused COVID -19.

COVID-19 spreads the same way as any other virus, mainly from person-to-person contact. The viral infection can range from mild to severe. It is said to be more severe in infants and those above the age of 60.

Early symptoms of COVID-19 include
1.Fever
2.Cold and Cough
3.Breathing problems.

Severe symptoms include
1.Trouble breathing
2.Prolonged chest pain
3.Difficulty waking up
4.Bluish face and lips

The virus can eventually lead to pneumonia, respiratory failure and death.

The symptoms in case you are affected by COVID-19 can show up in as few as 2 days or in some cases it might take approximately 14 days for a person to exhibit symptoms associated with it. The symptoms of COVID-19 vary from person to person.

Patients with COVID-19 can develop severe lung damage due to the upsurge of the bad inflammatory cytokines such as TNF- alpha, Interleukins (IL) such as IL-6, IL-8, IL-1 beta and others.

What precautions can be taken?

One needs to understand that all viral infections are not COVID-19. This is the time of the year when a lot of people fall ill to flu and cold like symptoms. There are certain precautions that one can take to prevent such viral infections such as

1.Washing hands with soap and water
2.Avoid touching you face with unwashed hands
3.Covering mouth & nose while coughing or sneezing
4.Social distancing
5.Eating healthy and balanced meal
6.Regular Exercise

Management of Viral Infections

Your doctor is the best person to advice you on what medications you should be taking to help fight your viral conditions. Your doctor may prescribe you with antiviral medications in most cases. Non-pharmacological measures are aimed to relieve your symptoms and to make sure you get enough rest to recover without developing further complications. Non-pharmacological approach include

1.NSAIDS and pain relievers
2.Consumption of extra fluids to keep yourself hydrated
3.Advice to rest and sleep more
4.Maintaining good nutrition
5.Adding natural supplements to help boost immunity and for prevention and management.

Complementary treatment options may not help to cure the viral diseases but will help to prevent or further worsen your condition. They help to increase comfort, promote rest and minimize the symptoms of viral diseases. Supplements such as Curcumin, vitamin C, resveratrol are being looked at with greater interest to help manage the condition better.

Why Curcumin is good for prevention and management of viral infections

Curcumin has been widely used as a therapeutic agent for centuries. It is considered to be the best natural anti-inflammatory agent and as a wound healing agent for several years. The active ingredient present in turmeric is Curcumin. It is well-known for its anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties. The best thing about this natural aspirin like anti-inflammatory agent is that it is well confirmed as safe and effective through several clinical studies. Recently a lot of attention is being given to Curcumin since the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Several medical experts have been suggesting curcumin for reducing the lung inflammation caused by the virus and even as a preventative measure apart from other measures such as washing your hands regularly and staying away from crowded places. Also, they believe that Curcumin has the ability to boost your immunity and possibly help to minimise the symptoms, in case you are affected by the virus as there is no cure available at the moment.

Most treatment options being employed in the current scenario only help to reduce one or two types of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Curcumin on the other hand has shown great promise as it helps to suppress several pro-inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-alpha, IL-6, IL-1 beta, IL-8 as well as Chemokines such as CCL-5, MCP-1 and MIP-alpha.

Curcumin has several benefits such as it helps to cleanse the respiratory tract and fight infections that cause cold and flu. It is an excellent immunity builder for people who frequently suffer from issues such as sinusitis and bronchitis. Curcumin helps to reduce inflammation both in the upper as well as the lower respiratory tract which helps to give relief from nose congestion, bronchial asthma and other such conditions. Also, the anti-viral property in curcumin helps to reduce the replication of viruses which helps to further improve one’s immunity.

What is the best way to consume Curcumin?

The use of Curcumin over the past few months has increased drastically as most medical experts have advocated the use of Curcumin amid the viral outbreak. The use of curcumin has also increased around Europe, Middle East and West Asia. Most people have been consuming Turmeric powder in hot milk. However, that quantity of Curcumin in Turmeric powder is not sufficient. Therefore, consuming Curcumin supplements is the need of the hour as the dose of Curcumin is much higher in supplements. That being said, most Curcumin products contain standard Curcumin that have issues such as poor bioavailability and poor aqueous solubility.

There are several novel strategies that are being looked into to tackle this problem. Novel patented technology based methods such as UltraSol, a molecular dispersion process, to improve the poor bioavailability of standard Curcumin are being used. UltraSol Curcumin helps to improve the bioavailability of Standard Curcumin by 46 folds. This ensures that the accurate and sufficient dose of Curcumin is administered to the patient to give relief from the viral symptoms.

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