COVID-19 and NSAIDs

The discussion today at the Natural Immune Support in Today’s World seminar by Michael Gaeta, DAc was the use of Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) and COVID 19. Besides listening to the lecture, I did a quick review of the literature and found a lot of conflicting data – no surprises there! One thing specific to COVID-19 is that some lab experiments are showing that NSAIDS may boost the amount of ACE2 receptors that the virus uses to infect cells that could make the virus spread faster. Even though this is theoretical if one is able to avoid the use of NSAIDS it may be a benefit.

So what to do instead? As many of you know I’m not a fan of taking tons of supplements so I have included many foods in my list below.

Here are a list of 8 foods/ supplements that have anti-inflammatory properties:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids – found in cod, salmon, sardines, mackerel, flax seeds, chia seeds and walnuts
  • Zinc – found in meat, shellfish, legumes, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, pine nuts, cashews, almonds
  • Curcumin – Eating foods with turmeric such as curries – think Indian, Thai, or Indonesian cuisines. You most likely will need more curcumin than one portion will provide so you may want to take a curcumin supplement.
  • Green Tea – the recommended dose is 3 or 4 cups a day. Caffeinated or decaf are both fine. What better way to spend the time at home with a nice pot of tea? My favorite brand is Kusmi
  • Boswelia, Cats Claw, Capsaican, SAM-e – these are all supplements that have anti-inflammatory properties. You can order online at https://wellevate.me/stephanie-lacarrubba and receive a 15% discount as well as free shipping for orders over $49.

As always if you have any questions or want some clarification feel free to contact me. Below is a link you may find of interest. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/what-to-know-about-ibuprofen-and-covid-19

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