Natural Remedies

Need Help for Loss of Appetite From Long Covid

Posted by GiGi (Rockford USA) on 09/16/2023

I had a very mild case of Covid in August 2021. My main symptoms were loss of taste and smell. To this day nothing tastes good. I will think I want a particular food, prepare it and throw it out. I have short term bouts where I can eat a small amount. I have lost 30 pounds of the original 145 pounds. Any info on this? I can eat fruits and smoothies..

Replied by Art
1856 posts


Data for this aspect of long covid is fairly limited at this time, but one systematic review and meta analysis showed that the combination of PEA + Luteolin may have some benefit for long covid related anosmia as discussed here :

Here is a relevant quote from the meta analysis :

' CoUltraPEALut demonstrated significant efficacy in the overall recovery of the olfactory function, compared to the conventional therapy, suggesting that it could represent a possible future adjuvant treatment for PCOD. '

PEA + Luteolin is readily available as one supplement with both components already in it. Here are some examples :,aps,153&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

Another supplement that has shown some benefit for anosmia is vitamin B complex in conjunction with olfactory training using as discussed here :

Here is a relevant quote from the case report :

' Two weeks after lopinavir therapy, the patient recovered from most symptoms of COVID- 19; and 40 days after the initiation of B- complex vitamins and olfactory training, olfactory function tests showed improved olfactory ability and he was recovered from anosmia. '

The B complex used has Vitamin B1 in the hydrochloride for at 100 mg, Vitamin B6 in the form of pyridoxine hydrochloride at 100 mg/day and vitamin B12 as cyanocobalamin at 5000 mcg/day.

The oils they used for olfactory training are clove oil, cinnamon oil and lavender oil to stimulate the olfactory bulb and related pathways.


Replied by Gary
Kitchener On

Hi GiGi

I did read that Melatonin 10mg to start and increase to 30mg for a couple of nights, and you will find that your problem will soon be gone. Melatonin does kill Covid. Apparently Covid will live in our stomachs for a long time, causing havoc in our system.

Take Melatonin near bedtime.

keep healthy


Replied by Art
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Here is an additional study (RCT) that used PEA, Luteolin and Olfactory training in people with covid related anosmia to good effect :

Here is a relevant quote from the RCT :

' A total of 185 patients, including intervention (130) and control (55) were enrolled. The intervention group showed significantly greater improvement in olfactory threshold, discrimination, and identification scores compared to controls (p=0.0001). Overall, 92% of patients in the intervention group improved versus 42% of controls. Magnitude of recovery was significantly greater in the intervention group versus control (12.8 + 8.2 versus mean 3.2 + 3), with >10-fold higher prevalence of anosmia in control versus intervention groups at the 90-day endpoint. '