by Nils Osmar. June 19, 2023, This post is not intended as, and should not be taken as, medical advice. See full Medical Disclaimer
Can nutrients found in food (and available as supplements) be useful for those suffering from long Covid, or others concerned that there may be residues from spike proteins in their bodies? This study suggests they may be.
- Some of the compounds (like bromelain, malic acid, citric acid, and beetroot juice) are found solely or primarily in plant sources.
- Others (like leucine and lactoferrin) are found solely or primarily in animal sources.
- Many have also surfaced in discussions about nutrients which have been found to have anti-aging properties.
Nutrients mentioned in this study (Nutraceuticals and Dietary Supplements for Older Adults with Long COVID-19) include:
- Malic acid
- citric acid
- succinic acid
- beetroot juice
- pollen based herbal extracts
From the study:
- Long-term persistence of COVID-19–related symptoms after SARS-CoV-2 infection impacts quality of life.
- Several mechanisms may be involved in the persistence of COVID-19 symptoms, including chronic inflammation, immunometabolic processes, endothelial dysfunction, and gut dysbiosis.
- Bioactive foods, supplements, and nutraceuticals may be used for the management of long-term COVID-19 clinical sequelae.
NAC plus bromelain deactivates spike proteins
Spike proteins can enter the body through exposure to the Covid virus, or through prophylactic medical interventions such as vaccination. Some researchers have investigated a compound called BromAC (a combination of bromelain and NAC).
According to this study (The Combination of Bromelain and Acetylcysteine (BromAc) Synergistically Inactivates SARS-CoV-2 by attacking the spike proteins associated with it:
The potential of BromAc on SARS-CoV-2 spike and envelope proteins stabilized by disulfide bonds was examined and found to induce the unfolding of recombinant spike and envelope proteins by reducing disulfide stabilizer bridges. BromAc also showed an inhibitory effect on wild-type and spike mutant SARS-CoV-2 by inactivation of its replication capacity in vitro.
Hence, BromAc may be an effective therapeutic agent for early SARS-CoV-2 infection, despite mutations, and even have potential as a prophylactic in people at high risk of infection.
This post is not intended as, and should not be taken as, medical advice. I’m not advising that people follow any particular regimen, eat any particular diet or take any particular supplements, just sharing information and reporting on what I’m doing. All supplements can have side effects; I would encourage people to research both possible benefits and side effects before starting on any supplementation regimen. See full Medical Disclaimer