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CAN PROBIOTICS FIGHT VIRUSES LIKE COVID. 19?

The use of probiotics in the fight against COVID 19

La investigación sobre el potencial antivírico de las bacterias tastedticas is still in a very incipient phase, due to ignorance of the molecular mechanisms by which bacteria can fight viruses, por lo que no existen evidencias científicas de que los tastedCosta Ricans can directly decrease the infection rate of COVID-19.

No obstante, sí que existen numerosos estudios sobre la influencia directa de los tastedabout the microbiome and its, at the same time, on different coronavirus strains, retroviruses and other types of viruses, por lo que se evidencia un efecto positivo de los tastedTicos on the impact that viruses cause on our body, not by direct inhibition of the virus itself, but for supporting the immune system in its fight against the virus.

Microbiome and immunity

The microbiome is known to influence acquired immunity in several ways, for example, by activating and differentiating T cells through dendritic cells of the intestine. T-helper cells 1 (Th1) are essential for the immune response against viral infections, whose action is further supported by regulatory T cells that balance the immune system more generally.

Otro ejemplo en el que los tastedticos support the immune system are upper respiratory tract infections (ITRS). Although studies on these pathologies have been carried out with great heterogeneity, by using different products and doing different protocols, los investigadores concluyen que “los tastedCosta Ricans have been shown to be better than placebo in the treatment of STIRs by reducing 47% approximately the number of patients experiencing acute episodes of infection and a reduction in the duration of such episodes to 1.89 days approximately”.

Por otro lado, el potencial inmunomodulador de los tastedticos también ha quedado demostrado en estudios sobre la eficacia de su uso conjunto con vacunas. Varios estudios justifican la administración de tastedCosta Rica simultaneously with vaccines by enhancing the human immune response.

Advice from the Chinese National Health Commission and the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine

It would be rash to state that modulation of the gut microbiota plays a therapeutic role in patients with COVID-19, since there is still no scientific evidence to corroborate it as it is a new strain of coronavirus. Even so, some scientists believe that it is necessary to strengthen the intestinal microbiota of affected patients.

The example we have in a follow-up carried out in 204 patients infected with COVID-19 at the epicenter of Wuhan. More than half of the patients reported digestive symptoms during infection such as poor appetite, diarrea, vomiting or abdominal pain, which indicated a link between the intestine and the lung in viral infections.

The researchers who have carried out this clinical follow-up hypothesize that the dysfunctional communication between the intestine and the lungs is mediated by the angiotensin-2 converting enzyme (ECA-2). This enzyme is located, among other parts, in the membrane of the cells that form the pulmonary epithelia, intestinal and urinary and presents an area with affinity for different coronaviruses, reason why these viruses that affect the respiratory mucosa would also affect the intestinal mucosa causing digestive-type disorders.

Frente a la crisis del COVID-19, la Comisión Nacional de Salud de China y la Administración Nacional de Medicina Tradicional China recomiendan consumir tastedticos in the treatment of patients with severe COVID-19 infection, to maintain microbial balance and prevent secondary bacterial infection.

No es fácil decidir sobre el uso de tastedticos, nor what would be the most suitable strains as reinforcement therapy in the COVID-19 healing process. Sin embargo, dado el amplio conocimiento de los tastedCosta Ricans in support of health as a general immunoregulator, we believe that , una mezcla tastedbroad spectrum of action, may help keep gut microbiota healthy and balanced, indispensable in cases of viral infections like the one we are suffering from.

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