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Ivermectin and COVID-19: Review of Emerging Evidence 2021

Doctors around the world has been reporting high success rates using an inexpensive anti-parasitic treatment for COVID-19.  In April last year, a trial at Melbourne’s Monash University  reported  doses of ivermectin stopped or slowed the spread of Covid-19 infection in the lab environment. The researchers said the findings could not be immediately applied to humans but the drug still surged in popularity across  Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala and other Latin American countries . Another study  published in June 2020 by Nature , ivermectin was found to have antiviral activity against a range of viruses including Avian influenza A, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, HIV, and SARS-Cov-2. The medical community is battling over whether ivermectin should be used to treat and prevent COVID-19. On one side are experts telling you that more research is needed before the treatment can be fully authorised. On the other, are experts telling you that the potential benefits outweigh the risk.

Vitamin D and COVID-19 Studies 2021

Vitamin D plays an important role in most diseases, including infectious disease. Since then, mounting evidence reveals that higher  vitamin D  levels reduce rates of positive tests, hospitalizations and mortality related to this infection.  Vitamin D3 Reduces ICU Admissions and Mortality Most recently, a  Spanish study  (which has yet to undergo peer-review) found giving supplemental vitamin D3 (calcifediol) to hospitalized patients with PCR-confirmed COVID-19 reduced ICU admissions by 82% and mortality by 64%. People who already had higher vitamin D at baseline were 60% less likely to die. The study included 930 patients, 551 of whom received vitamin D3 — 532 micrograms on the first day of admission followed by 266 mcg on days 3, 7, 15 and 30. The remaining 379 patients served as controls. All were given standard of care, which included hydroxychloroquine and an antibiotic (or two antibiotics in cases where bacterial infections were diagnosed), plus a steroid in cases involving pulmo

Bromelain and Curcumin: Can They Help Against Coronavirus?

As of February 2021, there are more than 70 types of supplements that are being tested for  COVID-19 . You can review the details of these trials on . There are  more than 120 trials  testing the various nutrients and dietary supplements including vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc and melatonin. Vitamin D remains the most tested vitamin followed by vitamin C, for COVID-19. Recent research has revealed that the binding of SARS-CoV-2 to the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor initiates three main pathways: 1) the inflammatory, 2) the coagulation and 3) the bradykinin cascades [2,3]. The activation of these pathways varies widely between individuals leading to a wide range of clinical manifestations of COVID-19 from asymptomatic to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, multiple organ failure and death [2]. Interestingly, a number of natural agents have received attention due to potential anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Among these products, co


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