PHOENIX — About 12 million people are considered long-haul carriers of COVID-19 and suffer side effects from the virus even months later.
A new study shows that taking probiotics may be a treatment.
The study, published in a Swedish medicine journal, followed patients with brain fog and muscle pain from COVID-19. After 14 days on probiotics, they saw improvement in both.
The coronavirus has no standardized treatment and probiotics should not be used as a panacea, but ABC15 Health Insider Dr. Shad Marvasti says that probiotics have been proven to help prevent disease.
He says probiotics help with gut health and also help boost general immunity so it wouldn’t hurt recovery from COVID-19 or even reduce susceptibility to getting the virus.
“It can only be helpful based on what we already know about probiotics and boosting immunity.” said Dr Shad. “There are a number of studies that have shown that children who take probiotics during the cold and flu season, especially multiple strains, have fewer colds and flu and have fewer school days off.”
He says that with every probiotic you take, you should include 10 strains of active cultures. You can also eat fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, kim chee, and tempeh.