Prevention of Covid-19: Can it Be Pineapple Juice and Other Veggies?
Can we prevent Covid-19 through natural remedies?
We all have had the constant struggle of not knowing when COVID-19 will truly end- will the vaccine truly be the solution to this worldwide pandemic? This unexpected reality often has scared us and unfortunately cost lives of millions of people in such a short span of time.
There is ongoing research regarding this infectious virus: Do anti-malarial drugs work? How far of a distance is certain to follow to restrict the virus from entering our body? What type of mask is most effective to block out the virus? These questions are continuously being researched and revised.
There has been a few studies conducted that show natural remedies may reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. One of the studies which was located in the University of Nebraska, suggested that pineapple stems are rich in Bromelain, which may reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. Another study has researched that a combination of Zinc, Quercetin, Bromelain and Vitamin C may also help reduce the risk of contracting the virus. Let’s dive into it and extract the important information!
The world has anticipated worldwide vaccinations since the pandemic started. Israel luckily is one of the top leaders in administering the most vaccines in such a short amount of time. You may ask, “Is there anything additional I can do to prevent my risk of further developing the disease?” This article will elaborate on the many naturopathic prevention techniques that may prevent further risks.
According to the University of Nebraska study on the medicinal properties of food, it found that Bromelain may prevent contracting the disease. Bromelain blocks COVID-19 from entering specific cells to replicate itself. Bromelain is found in pineapples, and it may be beneficial to consume this daily as a snack or even as a juice.
Another study suggested that the combination of Vitamin C, Quercetin, Bromelain while having contracted COVID-19 may further reduce risk by not allowing the spike proteins attach to the cells in our bodies. In addition, they also reduce inflammation and blot clotting factors.
Quercetin, Vitamin C, Bromelain are mostly found in fruits and vegetables. Specifically, onions, broccoli, apples, nuts, and peppers have Quercetin in them. Vitamin C rich foods are citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, grapefruit, peppers and broccoli. Generally, it is important to ingest a high-vegetable moderate-fruit consumption daily to reduce risk of disease.
Although we need more research to prove this is 100% valid, science has come a far way this past year in investigating different types of treatment methods of COVID-19.
Nei Jing Chinese Medicine offers some options as well. Acupuncture and Laser Acupuncture have shown to improve balance within your body. In addition to Acupuncture and Laser Acupuncture, it is equally as important to meet with our Naturopath about how your diet effects your overall quality of life.
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Written by Orly Bolender
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