COVID-19 Recovery: How Turmeric Can Help Restore Taste and Smell

By Dr. Melissa Gallagher, Naturopathic Physician

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This article discusses emerging/ongoing science and research. It is intended for general informational purposes only. This content is unrelated to products offered by Organixx and does not contain any representations about the performance of such products.


Video Transcript:

If you are experiencing the loss of taste and smell due to a recent, or even in the near past, COVID infection, I’m going to share with you a very small but potentially influential study that showcases the benefit of one amazing, powerful herb that might be able to completely restore the loss of taste and smell. So I’m excited to share that with you today.

Why Does COVID-19 Cause Loss of Taste and Smell?

So recently, there was this very interesting and very small study about COVID-19 and the loss of taste and smell. And we know the loss of taste and smell is a common occurrence with an assorted viral invasions and respiratory infections. But with COVID-19, it’s more extensive. We’re seeing the olfactory epithelial membrane. That’s actually this amazing little membrane that sits in between your brain and the upper part of your mouth and your sinus cavity. That is what registers our sense of smell. And then with that, we also see smell enhances taste, we have taste buds that sit on our tongue. The taste buds and the olfactory epithelial membrane are getting overwhelmed by the spike proteins and the ACE2 receptivity that we see overwhelming the body with the COVID-19 infection.

And so, there are a lot of individuals that are dealing with this. And in fact, there’s calculated estimations between 60 and 80% of all COVID infections lead to some degree of a loss of taste and smell.[1] The extent of it varies, but we’re seeing about 20% of the patients. And this is because of the quantity of infections. Millions of patients right now are dealing with extended loss of taste and smell. 20% have that extended beyond 30 days. So, 30 days or more, some patients I’m seeing have had the loss of taste and smell for nine to ten months. And some of them are getting some of those senses back, but in weird ways. Like now, it’s moved from the loss of smell into this weird phase where they have weird smell. So it’ll smell sulfuric, or it smells very, very gross.

A Study on Turmeric/Curcumin and COVID-19

And so, that is something I want to address today because this study looks at curcumin, which is turmeric. And turmeric was studied in specifically two patients. And again, I want to share with you, this is not an extensive study. But with COVID, I really like to share assorted studies that might be beneficial. And so, let’s talk a little bit about this specific study.

What they identified: Two different patients, one in their 40s, another in their 60s, that had this extensive loss of taste and smell for over 30 days from a COVID infection. And what they did is they dosed them with 1000 mg of turmeric. And in both instances, within one case, 10 minutes after supplementation, complete restoration of taste and smell. That’s pretty spectacular. Now, the other patient had a return, a restoration of their taste and smell, within 12 hours of supplementation. Now, does that mean that all of you who might have taste and smell, that loss might benefit as quickly? It’s hard to say, because it’s such a small sample size. But it is worthy of noting, the speedy recovery is specifically linked to 1000 mg dose of turmeric or curcumin.

So, curcumin has been studied with COVID-19. And I’m going to share with you, if you haven’t grabbed the Turmeric 3D by Organixx, grab that. This is a wonderful, wonderful supplement, that has 1000 mg of curcumin, and a whole bunch of other powerful immune-supportive herbals. Curcumin, specifically, has been studied to block a particular protease. So it’s the protease, when blocking with a COVID infection, actually limits that spike protein from implanting and rejuvenating. Basically, we see that replication of the viral, the virus, it comes down, by blocking the protease. So that is one thing we know from other studies, extensive studies, that curcumin can block that.

Curcumin Helps Decrease the Cytokine Storm

Curcumin also has been studied for its pro-anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to decrease the cytokine disruption or the cytokine storm. That’s a technical term for the immune response ends up being an inflammatory response in a patient. So what happens, for whatever reason, the way the infection works is for some individuals, we see them have a ramp-up of their immune system. And now that immune system goes haywire, and we end up seeing this massive inflammatory response. It’s very similar to an autoimmune response, but very differently in the extent of it. It can be massive enough why we see some patients, they come into the ER, they’ve got oxygen levels of 63, they’re talking, and then an hour later, we have to put them on a vent. Trach them, and ventilate them.

Cytokine Reaction and Neuro COVID

One of the things that we see is that overwhelm, that specific cytokine reaction, this mass cell and this inflammatory reaction – it’s a very overwhelming, inflammatory reaction. It can damage a lot of different tissue and a lot of different organs and systems within the body. And damage, some of it can be short-term, some of it can be permanent. We are seeing the blood-brain barrier leaking. We see the overwhelm of the inflammatory cytokine reactivity in the brain. We’re seeing neurological COVID, and the loss of taste and smell is one of the three phases of COVID, neuro COVID. We call it COVID brain.

But neuro COVID[2] has three phases. The first phase, the signals that the blood-brain barrier has been compromised, is the loss of taste and smell. And, that poses other longer-term overwhelming scenarios for folks that may be, like in my family, on my maternal side, we have a likelihood and a propensity to Alzheimer’s and dementia. So, that could potentially put you at risk. And, I want to share with you how, in this particular study, the curcumin was effective. We see when we add a mega dose, like what you can find in Turmeric 3D.

Curcumin/Turmeric: An Anti-inflammatory that Blocks Protease

When we see a mega dose, 1000 milligram dose of curcumin, we see the blocking of the protease, which helps limit if somebody’s in an active state. And a lot of times people are going to, you’re going to notice in the infection that’s when you get the loss of taste and smell. So it’s most beneficial to be proactive – as soon as you have the onset of the loss and taste of smell, you want to hit it with curcumin.

But, we’ve even seen the disruption and the overwhelm of the immune state and the inflammatory response, that lasts for months. So the speedy restoration of the epithelial cell wall and the return to homeostasis, meaning a reduction of inflammation in and around the cells of the olfactory bulb and this mucosal membrane, that is where we see the greatest healing, and curcumin, in those two cases, has shown to be highly beneficial. Does that mean that within 20 minutes of taking it you’re going to have complete restoration? I don’t know, because we don’t have enough scientific data, but it’s definitely worthy of taking note and adding a supplement like the Organixx Turmeric 3D into your regular routine.

Because, if you are dealing with the loss of taste and smell, it is really frustrating. And it becomes really critical that we address the olfactory epithelium, and limit the inflammation. So, an anti-inflammatory like we find in turmeric, the base ingredient, curcumin, it’s blocking, and it’s pro-anti-inflammatory properties are highly beneficial.

So, I’m excited to share that with you today. And please share this information with as many friends or family who you know that have experienced and are currently dealing with this frustrating loss of taste and smell. If we can help folks recover, it can help their sanity, it can help them feel like their vitality is back, that they’re feeling better, and life is moving on.

So, I’m excited to get all of you smelling better, tasting better, so you can live of your most optimized wellness and optimized life, and make sure you grab some Turmeric 3D.

Turmeric 3D from Organixx provides you one of the most “bioavailable” forms of turmeric due to its unique fermentation process. This means your body experiences the maximum benefits of the purest, most potent turmeric available!

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Dr. Melissa Gallagher, Naturopathic Physician
Dr. Melissa Gallagher, Naturopathic Physician, holds a Masters in Holistic Nutrition and a Doctorate of Naturopathy. In addition to providing expert guidance to Organixx, Dr. Melissa maintains a busy private practice in Texas. Her primary focus is working with individuals addressing digestive disorders, hormone balance, detoxification therapies, and primary and secondary lymphedema cases through lymphatic decongestive treatments.


    • Hello Patrick Cortesi,

      The turmeric is formulated for and designed to be taken by adults. Please only give it to children under the advice of your trusted physician or pediatrician.

      Have an awesome day! :)

  1. I lost my taste and smell October of 2021 from having covid. I haven’t take. The product you have but I just took the Lume Turmeric and I’m praying my taste and smell come back and it hasnt been to long and permanent damage has been done.

  2. What's the difference between taking curcumin or turmeric or taking them together? Do I need to take both of them? I have the ash tray smell often and have a slight loss of taste. Thanks.

    • Hi Susan, Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. Therefore, when you are taking turmeric you are taking curcumin. So essentially you are taking them both when taking turmeric. I hope this helps to explain it. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  3. Thanks for the info on Tumeric as my husband lost his smell and taste but not sure if it was a little before

    covd or not but we are ging to give this a try and see what happens

    • Hi Valerie, We are glad to know you found this information helpful. We would love an update on your results. Thank you for being here with us. Have a happy and healthy day!

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