Recent research has revealed that the Coronavirus (Covid-19) isn’t just a respiratory illness, it goes beyond that. Let’s look at the bigger picture surrounding this unique, invisible enemy that has invaded civilisation.
Mandeep R. Mehra is a Medical Director of the Brigham Heart and Vascular Center in Boston, USA. In a ‘New England Journal of Medicine’ paper that looked at 9000 people with Covid-19, Mehra showed that the use of statins and ACE inhibitors which stabilise blood flow were linked to a higher rate of survival of the virus. (1)
This begs the question – should the use of medication or supplements to improve circulation be part of our battle plan against the virus?
The behaviour of the Covid-19
The deadly Covid-19 virus has challenged the human race. Doctors and scientists all over the world have been baffled and too many lives have been lost.
In the beginning, Covid-19 was known as a respiratory virus where we feared developing a cough that could progress to fatal pneumonia. However, recent research has revealed that the virus is a lot more complex.
Covid-19 goes on a mission when it enters the human body, sometimes it’s a short journey but it can continue a long and painful destructive path.
When the unforgiving virus enters the lungs it destroys lung tissue and most people start coughing. The destruction of the lung tissue can result in endothelial cells that line blood vessels and protect the cardiovascular system being infected. This, in turn, affects the blood flow revealing that the virus is respiratory and vascular (circulation).
That progression explains the head to toe health issues that Covid-19 has presented to the experts. Circulation related issues such as blood clots, ‘Covid toes’ (discolouration), strokes, heart attacks, kidney damage, inflammation of the heart and swelling of the brain.
It answers the question as to why ventilation sometimes isn’t enough to save someone who has Covid-19. It also explains why people with pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease are more susceptible to and more likely to die of the virus.
Mandeep R. Mehra explains about their findings, “what we’re saying is that maybe the best antiviral therapy is not actually antiviral therapy. The best therapy might actually be a drug that stabilizes the vascular endothelial. We’re building a drastically different concept.”
Improving and maintaining good circulation could be your saving grace.
The use of statins and ACE inhibitors can stabilise blood flow reducing the risk of the circulation issues that can have a fatal outcome. Some supplements can also help circulation, such as:
Nitric-Pro relaxes the smooth muscle of the endothelium (the lining of blood vessel walls) and improves blood flow throughout the body.
Boluoke prevents coagulation of blood platelets which can form blood clots.
Looking after yourself mentally and physically is more important than ever at the moment. Eat a healthy diet and take regular exercise to keep that blood pumping around the body.