Vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc – this is the golden triad we hear about pretty much every day as they are recommended both to boost immunity and reduce the severity of the symptoms in Covid patients. It’s pretty easy and straightforward to get in line with the recommendations. However, there are other supplements that are worth talking about during this troubled time. We just got to discover and read tons of studies about Bromelain, Quercetin, and Resveratrol. And they are all worthwhile if you want to boost immunity and even increase longevity. Let’s have a look at the details:
It’s extracted from pineapple but mostly from the stalk of the plant. The pineapple is a very popular tropical fruit that we can find nowadays pretty much everywhere in the world. The pineapple is rich in antioxidants, as well as fibers and enzymes that help digestion, reduce inflammation, and regulate intestinal transit. Pineapples are even recommended for people who want to lose weight because of their properties.
Bromelain is an enzyme extracted from the pineapple. It can ease digestion and help you get rid of inflammation, and these benefits have been clinically demonstrated. Bromelain can improve the amino acids absorption process, with a systemic impact in all metabolic processes where proteins are involved. Bromelain can help with muscle formation, joints recovery, skin cell renewals, and improve blood circulation. Studies show that taking bromelain supplements leads to an improvement in the skin aspect, mainly by reducing cellulite and swollen hands and feet.
This enzyme can dissolve the internal scar tissue caused by inflammation in the body. Aside from calming the swollen area, it can also help the body recover after surgical interventions and other sickness. Studies also show that Bromelain can have a positive impact even on patients getting anti-cancer treatment. More than this, some research also demonstrated that Bromelain is antiviral and antibacterial, so it can be efficiently used to treat bronchitis and pneumonia and boost the immune system. And this makes it an ideal supplement for this period marked by the Coronavirus pandemic.
This is a polyphenolic compound that can be found in nature in different fruit and vegetables. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid, a group of antioxidants that are also pigments. They fight free radicals and help the body on several levels. Among the effects of the quercetin, we’ll mention just a few:
– Anti-allergic effect;
– It can reduce the bad cholesterol in the blood;
– It can support the optimal function of the cardiovascular system;
– Anti-tumor action;
– Beneficial effects at the level of the eyes.
But we’re discussing quercetin now because it has been proven to have positive effects fighting Coronavirus. There are recent studies showing that quercetin can help keep the virus at bay. It has an inhibitory effect on this virus, acting against one of the key proteins that are essential for the virus multiplication. What happens is that quercetin blocks the enzymatic activity of the 3CLpro, hence having an inhibitory effect on the growth of the coronavirus, and can also lead to its destruction.
Spinach, pears, red apples, kale, blueberries, onions, green chili pepper, and other fruits and veggies are good natural sources of quercetin. However, to make sure you get the daily recommended dose (500 to 1000 mg per day), you might want to get a quercetin supplement.
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New research shows a possible link between hair loss and Covid-19. We speak to trichologist, Dr Nick Fisherman, to find out more, and see what products you can use to help keep your scalp healthy.
Though hair loss is not a distinct symptom of Covid-19, it is now known that the effects of the disease, or contracting it, can lead to intense stress, fatigue and anxiety — three extremely common factors that cause hair loss.
Ultimately, it’s more about looking after your scalp all year round in order to prepare it for any stressors that may come with the diagnosis and treatment of Covid-19.
What causes hair loss?
Stress is known as the leading cause of hair loss. Telogen effluvium is a form of hair loss characterized by hair thinning or an increase in hair shredding. Its main symptoms include the accumulation of an unusual amount of hair on your pillowcase, on the shower or bathroom floor and in your hairbrush.
Don’t be alarmed if you start to see clumping; there are products that can help.
Watermans is a leading British hair company that has helped thousands of people with hair loss problems during the Covid-19 crisis.
Trichologist and scalp health expert, Dr Nick Fisherman, explains how effective Watermans Hair products have been to his clients during the pandemic.
“During lockdown, I experienced around 30% increase in demand for hair restoration treatments.
“Part of this came from people having more spare time to think about their physical appearance and health of their hair,” Dr Nick explains.
“However, I would like to point out that the impact of Covid-19 has been severe enough on some people to cause them lots of distress and as a result, they unfortunately started suffering from severe hair loss,” he clarifies.
It has been proven that essential nutrients and herbs including biotin, rosemary, niacinamide and argan oil help in the restoration of hair follicles and treatment of a dry or itchy scalp.
Dr Nick believes products like Watermans make all the difference when tackling these common problems. “Watermans products such as Grow Me Shampoo and Grow More Scalp Elixir have been a lifesaver for almost every one of my clients and patients”, he says. “They are sulphate-free — so no dangerous chemicals to harm the hair that you do have.”
When searching for products, make sure you look for the buzz phrase, ‘DHT blocking properties’ or scientific term, ‘dihydrotestosterone’. DHT prevents undesired nutrients from being absorbed by hair follicles, which could cause them to shrink and eventually cease hair growth.
There are several natural remedies claimed to have HT blocking properties, including green tea, saw palmetto, stinging nettle, pumpkin seed oil, lycopene and even caffeine.
Dr Nick advises, “For anyone experiencing hair loss, I would like to advise everyone to always seek help from professionals.
“As soon as you are noticing hair fall or hair shedding, first think of what could be causing it. For example, using the wrong products (shampoo, conditioner etc.), stress, hormonal, nutritional, environmental familial etc. You must act quickly to stop your hair loss before you lose too much.”
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