Does turmeric have the power to fight against deadly novel coronavirus? Let’s find out

Does turmeric have the power to fight against deadly novel coronavirus? Let’s find out
Novel coronavirus has no vaccine as of now. But there might be a ray of hope as experts suggest that curcumin can help.
Dr. Saurabh Arora

Say yes to turmeric as it might help you fight against coronavirus. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.
We are all ears when it’s about novel coronavirus – the reason is its severity plus, we still don’t have a drug that can cure it. Yes, that’s scary.

Coronavirus scare has gripped the world today and medical science with all the advanced technology seems to be very small to take on the challenge. It has been declared a global emergency by WHO as it has spread to countries by now. The viral infection causes pneumonia-like symptoms in the human body and respiratory failure is the most common cause of fatality among the infected people.

Can we fight coronavirus with good old turmeric?
Curcumin a polyphenol found in the turmeric (commonly curry spice) can be a promising answer to the threat. Curcumin has shown excellent antiviral properties against various viral diseases. Inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH) enzyme due to rate-limiting activity in the de novo synthesis of guanine nucleotides is suggested as a therapeutic target for antiviral and anticancer compounds.

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Drink this cuppa full of haldi for good health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Among the 15 different polyphenols, curcumin through inhibitory activity against IMPDH effect in either noncompetitive or competitive manner is suggested as a potent antiviral compound via this process.

Studies are also promising when it comes to curcumin
Curcumin has also been seen to act against coronavirus in some studies. With all the antiviral properties curcumin shows antihistaminic, anti-inflammatory, and bronchodilator effects thereby relieving the respiratory troubles caused by a coronavirus. It also strengthens the immune system to fight against the infection. Curcumin if consumed as prophylaxis might help avert potential infection coronavirus.

A formula loaded with curcumin that might help you fight coronavirus
Curcumin comes with certain problems like low solubility, poor absorption, enterocyte metabolism, and liver first pass. The US Patented formulation SNEC 30 capsules contain Curcumin which is the most bioavailable form of Curcumin till date due to the technology that goes behind its formation. SNEC 30 is a Self-Nano Emulsifying Drug Delivery System (SNEDDS) that helps to achieve a concentration of active curcuminoids in the blood.

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In SNEDDS, each curcumin particle is coated with lipid which resolves permeability issues and makes stable emulsion in the Gastrointestinal fluids. Lipid coated particle transport safely to intestine eliminating enterocyte metabolism. It gets absorbed through the portion of the small intestine and reaches to blood through lymphatic system bypassing the liver first pass aims maximum concentration of drug in the blood. So, that it can provide protection against this deadly disease.

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