The phrase Long Covid is being used by some, to describe patients with lingering symptoms following recovery from the worst of the respiratory symptoms of Covid-19. Autoimmune like and other symptoms unique to Covid-19 include a wide range of troublesome symptoms that have left many people disabled compared to their previous normal health. Patient volunteers have collected a large database about the symptoms and people responding to their voluntary survey. While it isn't a randomized study, it is information about a new condition from the patients experiencing the problem.
- What Does COVID-19 Recovery Actually Look Like? An Analysis of the Prolonged COVID-19 Symptoms Survey by Patient-Led Research Team, May 2, 2020,(Document)
Allergic type of over reaction may also be involved in the symptoms of COVID-19 illness or the chronic stage. An over the counter antihistamine medication such as Claritin/loratidine taken daily is safe but do not exceed as it can be damaging to the liver and more is not needed. It is a very tiny tablet, taken once a day .Talk to your health care provider about your health care plan, and pharmacists at the drug store can answer questions about over the counter medications in addition to prescription medications..
Chronic anemia of inflammation, iron, and an anti-malarial called artemisinin.
Chronic anemia of inflammation or infection may be involved in post-recovery symptoms also. Pathogens need iron and the body has a mechanism that removes iron from hemoglobin where it is more easily accessible and puts into cellular storage. If this process continues excessively the person may have too little hemoglobin to carry enough oxygen for normal activity. Feeling out of breath with a racing heart rate might occur with something as easy as walking around a home or going up a flight of stairs. See: Iron and anemia of chronic inflammation.
My own experience as a patient with untested CoV like illness, Feb/March 2020.
My Why? - why are you writing this? is because I am also a patient, although, untested. I was sick in early March when testing was only available if contact with someone from China. I was quite sick but with my various supplements and nutrient dense foods already in my daily routine, plus an extra orange with the white pith left on, and and extra vitamin C, 100 mg chewable tablet or two, I was able to get better on my own. More about my own symptoms and nutrients are here: Treatment of Cure?.
After I had recovered from the breathless non-productive cough stage, I did have lingering exhaustion and a racing heart rate climbing a flight of stairs. I suspected chronic anemia of infecttion and added the herbal extract artemisinin to my routine, one iam and pm. The medication is available over the counter from herbal supply companies and is used for malaria treatment because it targets iron rich cells. It can help with iron overload conditions. See: Artemisinin, arteannuin-B, sgp130Fc and COVID-19.
Pomegranate products are anti-inflammatory, and the peel is a source of EGCG and other hydrolyzable tannins that can help intestinal health but can be irritating in excess. Tannins are one the plants' way of telling insects to stop eating them. See the second half of this post for more about foods that can help heal and soothe inflammatory bowel symptoms: ACE2, Diarrhea, & COVID19 – it gets complicated.
Pomegranate peel is very rich in antioxidants and bitter taste in the exterior colorful peel and milder in the white pithy inner membranes. Orange or other citrus peels are similar. The white pith is mild and can be eaten in a 1/4 cup amount while the orange zest acts as a decongestant with just a teaspoon or two.
Citrus peel, source of hesperidin, quercetin, rutin and other bioflavonoids. It is called Chen pi in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is being studied for benefits against obesity, and Metabolic Syndrome:Surprise- we need bitter tastes in our meals to help tell us we are full now. There are bitter taste receptors in a variety of places in the body besides the tongue and they are like little machines that can do things for our cells. Within the intestines they help send signals to the brain to tell us we are satisfied and to stop eating. The food industry has taken the bitter flavor out of most processed foods as it is often perceived as bad or too strong by typical consumers..
Within the lungs bitter taste receptors signal lung tissue to make thinner mucus and to move it out of the lungs,they also lead to more open relaxed airways. Citrus bioflavonoids are being studied for use with asthma and helped me while I was sick and I have continued using it daily. Asthma like symptoms continued to flare up since being sick with untested CoV-19 in March 2020. See: Bitter taste receptors in the lungs & Hesperidin’s decongestant properties.
Mango peel is also beneficial against inflammation - making a gently simmered tea, about 20-30 minutes, with mango, citrus, or pomegranate peel retains the medicinal nutrients. Overheating will cause breakdown of the complex chemicals into smaller nonmedicinal forms. Freezing does not destroy the benefits. A strong tea (which is a water extract) can be used by adding just a couple spoonfuls to any hot beverage or soup.
I have been making a mixed extract with citrus, mango and pomegranate peel, rosemary, thyme and anise seed (adds flavor and may have respiratory benefits) and some coconut oil to extract fat soluble nutrients. Tea or more concentrated extract could be made. Mild tea would only need a few teaspoons of dry peel and dry herbs in the saucepan of water and would be drank as tea, while the larger amounts given below, steeped in a large sauce pan of water would make a more concentrated extract - and only a few spoonfuls would be added to a hot beverage. Experiment, it is food. It is potent food though, trying smaller amounts at first is cautious and can let you know if it will be a problem for you or a help.
- Approximately zest layer of two-six oranges, peel of one mango, the outer red part of the peel of ½ or less a pomegranate (it is very potent, two tablespoons if using dehydrated), two tablespoons rosemary, thyme and anise seed, one large sauce pan of water, one cup of coconut oil if you also want to make phytonutrient rich oil.
- First bring it to a boil and then turn off the heat and let the dry ingredients soak for 1-2 hours. Bring it back to a boil with a cup of coconut oil or just a tablespoon and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stir occasionally, if making infused oil, continue to stir occasionally and keep warm for about 2 hours. I then refrigerate the strained oil and tea water in glass jars and the oil rises to the top.
- One teaspoon of the flavored oil and a couple tablespoons to ¼ cup (depending on how strong the tea is and personal preference) of the tea extract added to a hot beverage adds a nice citrus flavor and may reduce inflammation in the brain and the body - double bonus.
- The ingredients used could vary with what is available and what seems to work for your individual health. The rosemary, outer pomegranate peel, and Star anise, can have a diuretic effect so the tea may be best used early in the day along with adequate water so it isn’t dehydrating and it may help remove toxins without disrupting sleep too much.
People with more flavonoids in their diet over the long term had less risk of Alzheimer's dementia and related dementia's - (Shistar, et al., 2020)
Mango peel could also be dehydrated in a food dehydrator and powdered and might be acceptable added to any food in small amounts. Mango peel is bitter in flavor. (Mango peel powder in an animal based study regarding liver inflammation: Ulla et al, 2016)
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