Adverse Side Effects of Herbs and Supplements Used to Boost COVID-19 Immunity

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  1. More than twice the recommended daily levels (150 ng/mL) of vitamin D have been noticed in some patients. High vitamin D levels can spike blood and urine calcium levels which, in turn, can cause nausea, vomiting, dehydration, dizziness, and confusion.
  2. Fenugreek seeds in large doses lead to thinning of blood and can cause dangerous bleeding in patients with or without liver disease. Dr. Cyriac Abby Philips, a specialist in hepatology from Kochi treated a patient, who consumed two glasses of the fenugreek decoction per day for a whole week. His blood-thinning ratio was three-times the normal. According to Dr. Philips, “After stopping the fenugreek decoction, the test value was restored to normal levels but he had a few bleeding spots on the skin.”
  3. Doctors in Delhi have noticed yellow coloration in the eyes of a patient who consumed two tablespoons of turmeric, three times a day for the last three months. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric is also a blood thinner and it will adversely affect those who are already on an anticoagulation drug such as warfarin. As reported in WebMD, while curcumin may prove to be beneficial to conditions involving inflammation, experts warn that it may interfere with the body’s response to COVID-19

Sleep, exercise, and a balanced diet are three simple ways to boost immunity. Traditional Indian cuisine, cooked in oil and ghee with unique spice mixes and yogurt, whether it is vegetarian or non-vegetarian has the right combination of grains, protein, fat, fiber, and essential nutrients to provide a balanced meal. Nutritional supplements such as vitamin D, vitamin C, and zinc have been recommended to boost immunity to prevent COVID-19. Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D. Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of vitamin C. Meat, mushrooms, cashew nuts, and chickpeas contain more than enough zinc needed for our body. There is no known and effective prophylactic for COVID-19. Wash hands with soap and water, wear a mask when in public, and stay at least six feet (two meters) apart. Those are the only known preventive measures that have been proven effective.



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Dr. Zach Zachariah

Ph.D. chemist with an M.B.A. | Enrolled Agent | Writes on science | economy | taxes | public interest topics | American politics | Indian-Americans | COVID-19