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Antioxidants From Rice Bran May Help Improve GI Symptoms in Covid-19 Patients: Experts

Rice bran is a rich source of natural antioxidants which can serve as free radical scavengers and control the cell damage.

Unlike the classic signs of Covid-19, people infected with virus are experiencing new gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, such as abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, ulceration in the stomach, etc, in the second wave. According to doctors, GI symptoms tend to precede respiratory symptoms.

India is reeling under the second wave of Covid-19, which is seemingly more contagious than the original virus. Compared to last year, the country is seeing a larger number of people are getting infected on a single day. Also, experts say the virus is infecting more young people, especially in the 30-50 age bracket, this time apparently because the virus has mutated to more infectious variants. The Covid-19 is also causing new gastrointestinal (GI)-related symptoms in the second wave, making it more lethal than the one in circulation previously. Joint pain, body ache, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, ulceration in the stomach, etc, are among the new symptoms seen among Covid-19 patients in the second wave. Some patients who are recovering from the disease are also experiencing massive gastrointestinal bleeding due to clotting in the vessels that could lead to ulceration and necrosis and GI bleeding, according to Anil Arora, Chairman, Institute of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Pancreatobiliary Sciences, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi.

Talking to IANS, Arora said that consumption of natural antioxidants may help improve these gastritis symptoms. He emphasised that natural antioxidant like gamma oryzanol, which is derived from rice bran, has multiple health and GI benefits. These natural antioxidants combined with a nutritious diet can act as scavenging agents and control the cell damage, which eventually can improve GI health and help fight new GI-related Covid-19 symptoms, Arora told the news agency.

Namita Nadar, Head of Department, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Fortis Hospital Noida, also added that gamma oryzanol has anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic effects in the liver which helps detoxify the organ and improve liver functioning. The experts underscored the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and taking natural antioxidants to keep the organs healthy, especially the liver which plays an important role in keeping us healthy. There are also patients who tested Covid positive without experiencing cough and fever in the second wave, they noted.

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With inputs from agencies

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