Could good carbs defeat long COVID-19? It's worth a try

Actress Alyssa Milano developed long COVID-19 -- and has struggled with "every symptom imaginable." Brandon Sutter, who played hockey for the Canuck's, had to retire after long COVID-19 knocked him out of the 2022 season. And they're not alone: 14% of Americans had long COVID-19 by the end of 2022, according to a study in Plos One.

It's been a challenge for researchers to untangle what's going on when fatigue, achiness, anxiety, depression and/or cognition problems plague a person for weeks or months after they recover from COVID-19. But they may be closer to figuring it out, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. They cite research that has found that COVID-19 infection lowers levels of the hormone-neurotransmitter serotonin, which is essential for regulation of emotions, and the quality of your sleep, digestion, wound healing, bone health, blood clotting and sexual desire. And they say that research shows a diet rich in carbohydrates (unrefined and not too starchy, please!) can boost sagging serotonin levels. This correlates with a meta-study that found that plant-based diets can improve anxiety, depression, sleep problems and body pain, all symptoms associated with long COVID-19.

If you're struggling with long COVID-19, check out the unrefined carb recipes in Dr. Mike's "What to Eat When Cookbook" and at And explore ways to get serotonin-boosting physical activity. If this doesn't work, see your doc -- getting the vaccine, if you haven't had one, plus a combination of colchicine and atorvastatin, along with diet and progressive exercise, has been anecdotally reported to help.

Dr. Mike Roizen is the founder of, and Dr. Mehmet Oz is global advisor to, the world's leading online health store. Roizen and Oz are chief wellness officer emeritus at Cleveland Clinic and professor emeritus at Columbia University, respectively. Together they have written 11 New York Times bestsellers (four No. 1's).

King Features Syndicate

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