Several scientific reviews have been conducted to examine if curcumin could help prevent and even treat the novel coronavirus – covid 19. I have picked a couple of these for your consideration.
Curcumin, a natural polyphenolic compound, could be a potential treatment option for patients with coronavirus disease. This review shows that curcumin as an antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent can be helpful for both the prevention and treatment of new emerging coronavirus. However, well-designed clinical trials are needed to demonstrate the potential efficacy of curcumin against SARS-CoV-2 infection and its ensuing complications. (Zahedipour, F. et al., 2020)
Another review presents several lines of evidence, which suggest curcumin as a promising prophylactic, therapeutic candidate for COVID-19. First, curcumin exerts antiviral activity against many types of enveloped viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, by multiple mechanisms: direct interaction with viral membrane proteins; disruption of the viral envelope; inhibition of viral proteases; induce host antiviral responses. Second, curcumin protects from lethal pneumonia and ARDS via targeting NF-κB, inflammasome, IL-6 trans signal, and HMGB1 pathways. Third, curcumin is safe and well-tolerated in both healthy and diseased human subjects. In conclusion, accumulated evidence indicates that curcumin may be a potential prophylactic therapeutic for COVID-19 in clinics and public health settings. ( Thimmulappa, R.K., et al., 2021)
Turmeric, the spice that is the curcumin molecule’s natural source, is water-soluble and contains oxalates. It thins the blood and so is contraindicated with aspirin and warfarin. It is placed in the “generally recognized as safe” category of food additives by the FDA.
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