Updated: Apr 15
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa), most 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 and well-known anti-inflammatory supplement.
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. The authors proposed that curcumin helps balance the immune response.
In a study on almost 2500 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 such as ARDS and Cytokine storms.
A recent study in mice suggested that Curcumin protects from ARDS by promoting an anti-inflammatory response.
In mice infected with the flu, Curcumin increased survival and reduced lung damage, inflammation, macrophage activation and viral load. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity of Curcumin protected mice from cytomegalovirus infection as effectively as the antiviral drug, Ganciclovir. A molecular simulation study identified Curcumin and some of its derivatives as potential inhibitors of the Ebola virus.
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In addition to supplementing your diet with Turmeric (Curcumin), Vitamins C, D and Zinc are also vital in protecting your immune system. An hour of daily exercise, preferably outdoors, will also be highly beneficial. Be sure to hydrate with as close to 2 litres of water a day as you can manage.