Recent Blog Articles
Misgendering: What it is and why it matters
Healthy brain, healthier heart?
Stories connect us
Wondering about a headline-grabbing drug? Read on
Respiratory virus cases tick upward: What parents should know
Hope: Why it matters
Will new guidelines for heart failure affect you?
Want probiotics but dislike yogurt? Try these foods
Is our healthcare system broken?
What’s the relationship between diabetes and dementia?
Harvard Health Blog
A poor sense of smell might matter more than you thought
Robert H. Shmerling, MD,
Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.
Is there anything we can do to prevent or improve our sense of smell?
I instantly lost sense of smell (anosmia) and taste (ageusia) after my GP, against my will, injected me with antibiotics, as l am allergic to most (against pneumonia). I have minimally recovered in the last 3 years. I take some supplements, GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is probably the most effective, but also ashwagandha & Curcumin C3 complex, both strong anti-inflammatories. A friend also suggested to “retrain” the brain by inhaling a few times a day (just few seconds) some essential oils, such as lemon, clove, etc. Sadly, even when l saw a neurologist, she knew less than l about olfactory loss as mine. There is a great study published by University of Pennsylvania on this subject (~ 150 pages) & l understand that they perform a full scale day-long test for the olfactory problems. Also, you might contact AnosmiaFoundation.com/disability and AnosmiaAwareness.org.
Commenting has been closed for this post.
You might also be interested in…
Living Better, Living Longer
With this Special Health Report, Living Better, Living Longer, you will learn the protective steps doctors recommend for keeping your mind and body fit for an active and rewarding life. You’ll get tips for diet and exercise, preventive screenings, reducing the risk of coronary disease, strengthening bones, lessening joint aches, and assuring that your sight, hearing, and memory all stay sharp. Plus, you’ll get authoritative guidance to help you stretch your health care dollar, select a health plan that meets your needs, prepare a health care proxy, and more.