New Delhi: The natural antioxidants can help the COVID patients to control sugar level, and manage cholesterol, protecting them from falling to life-threatening illness caused by the virus attack, says a new study.
Though the chances of diabetic patients infecting the COVID are relatively low, the impact of virus attack on diabetic patients would be worse.
As the immune system of diabetic patients is already compromised, viruses can easily thrive in their body amidst high blood glucose levels. The risk also exists for people suffering from both Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes.
Gamma-oryzanol, a mixture of antioxidant compounds in the bran's oil fraction, is also scientifically proven to play a role in reducing sugar and blood cholesterol levels, among other health-promoting benefits.
According to IANS, Charu Dua, Head of Department, Nutrition and Dietetics at Max Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi, in a statement affirmed that it is important to keep sugar levels in control through medication, diet and lifestyle modification. She also suggested that Gamma-oryzanol is useful for controlling elevated sugar levels along with this it is also known to boost metabolic rate.
Covid also affects people with heart and its related problems more. The biggest risk factor of heart diseases is unhealthy cholesterol levels. Therefore, it is important to keep a track of your lipid profile and maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Gamma oryzanol contains properties that lower bad cholesterol and increases the concentration of good cholesterol, the doctors said.
"For good heart health, keeping high cholesterol levels in check is important. Gamma oryzanol also helps in preventing heart attack by preventing platelet aggregation, So maintaining healthy cholesterol levels during Covid times is important," said Praveen Chandra, Head of Department, Interventional Cardiology, Medanta-The Medicity, Gurugram.
Gamma-Oryzanol was recently recognised as a nutraceutical and a natural antioxidant to reduce high blood cholesterol by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.