Beware of food supplements composed of plants with anti-inflammatory properties, prevents” National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety in a statement released this Friday. “Certain plants (…) can disturb the body’s natural defenses by interfering in particular with the inflammatory defense mechanisms useful to fight against infections and, in particular, against COVID-19”, explains the agency.
The plants covered by the ANSES opinion, which is based on “expert appraisal work”, are:
– the queen of meadows
– the work
– the goldenrod
– cat’s claw (also called liana from Peru)
– plants of the genera Boswellia and Commiphora (known for their gum-oleoresins called respectively “incense” and “myrrh”)
ANSES recommends “To people consuming these food supplements with a preventive aim to immediately suspend the consumption of food supplements containing these plants as soon as the first symptoms of COVID-19 appear”. And for those who would take it in a “Context of chronic inflammatory pathologies to imperatively discuss with their doctor the relevance of continuing or not their consumption”.