While there are efforts to develop medicinal cures or vaccines for coronavirus, not much is being done to continue research on natural remedies that can potentially address the virus or support immunity to at least prevent infection. There are those who say that coronavirus is uniquely resistant to the same pharmaceutical or natural compounds that “normal” coronavirus infections are inhibited by; it remains to be seen if they are indeed true. Until studies have proven otherwise, where’s the harm in reassessing existing studies that have already identified possible natural cures for similar infectious diseases? Another thing worth considering is the fact that upper respiratory tract infections can be caused by different kinds of viruses and bacterial overgrowth.
Common symptoms of the cold include:
Coughing or sneezing
Muscle and limbs aches
A stuffy or runny nose
But since colds caused by different viruses share similar symptoms, it is difficult to differentiate among the different types of common cold, other URTIs (upper respiratory tract infection), and influenza. URTIs aren’t a single diagnosable disease. Instead, URTIs are a group of diseases in the broad sense, along with the common cold, bacterial, viral, laryngitis, and fever. At least 70- 80 percent of URTIs are caused by viruses such as adenovirus, coronavirus, influenza, parainfluenza virus and rhinovirus. The remaining 20 to 30 percent are caused by bacteria’s.
Following a balanced diet and eating foods that support immunity is key to not getting sick in the first place. While superfoods aren’t magical cures, eating well helps boost your overall health. Natural ingredients that have been studied for coronavirus infections include black tea, cinnamon, resveratrol and garlic. Taking vitamin C supplements and consuming vitamin C-rich foods also helps support your immune system.
Garlic supports immunity
- The results have shown that most of garlic’s health benefits are due to the sulfur compounds formed when it is chopped, crushed or chewed. One such compound is allicin, an unstable compound that is briefly present in fresh garlic after the blub is cut or crushed.
- Other compounds with a role in this pungent super food’s health benefits include diallyl disulfide and s-allyl cysteine.
- Sulfur compounds from garlic enter your body through the digestive tract. These valuable compounds then transport all over your body, where it applies its potent biological effects.
- Furthermore, taking garlic supplements can help increase the function of your immune system. The study suggests that taking a garlic supplement daily can reduce the number of colds by 63 percent, compared to a placebo.
- Some studies also reported that the average length of cold symptoms was reduced by 70 percent from five days in the placebo group to only 1.5 days in the garlic supplement group.
Vitamin C for a stronger immune system
Several reports on coronavirus cases have confirmed that older adults are among the most vulnerable to the condition, mostly those with weak or compromised immune systems. While vitamin C supplements don’t guarantee 100 percent protection against coronavirus, supplementation and eating vitamin C-rich foods can help support your immunity.
- Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin found naturally in fruits and vegetables. The vitamin is a powerful antioxidant, and it helps boost skin health and immune function.
- You also need vitamin C to produce collagen as your body can’t produce or store vitamin C. Following a balanced diet is essential to prevent deficiency like daily value for vitamin C is about 90 mg.
- Not getting enough vitamin C can cause deficiency symptoms like anemia, bleeding gums, frequent bruising and infections, poor wound healing and scurvy.