Something is happening to hundreds of thousands of Americans and nobody is noticing. They're losing their sense of smell. While this might not seem too serious, it can be. Not only can you lose your interest in food (and your taste for it), but you also lose your ability to smell dangerous smoke or chemicals. So it's nothing to sneeze at.
Fortunately, most cases of anosmia are temporary - and typically come with a bad cold. Once the cold goes away, your sense of smell will likely return. But for many people over the age of 60, the problem can become permanent. And that's where an unlikely treatment can help tremendously.
I say unlikely because this treatment is better known for helping with stomach and bladder problems. But, as we find with many natural treatments, the powerful effects have much broader use than we expect.
The treatment is a simple nasal spray made of sodium citrate. As you might have guessed, this is the salt that comes from citric acid. And it's a great weapon against urinary tract infections. But a new study found that the nasal spray also can help anosmia as well.
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The researchers wanted to find out if reducing calcium in the mucus of the nose would restore the sense of smell. You see, calcium molecules can negatively affect cell function. When they are in the nose, they can affect the olfactory cells, "turning down" the sense of smell. Since sodium citrate binds to calcium, the researchers wanted to find out if it would remove the calcium and restore function to these cells.
Sure enough, the spray worked. But it worked only temporarily. And it worked only in cases caused by a virus or other non-obstructive causes. In other words, if you lose your sense of smell after an injury, it's unlikely the spray will help. Its effectiveness is related specifically to calcium. According to the researchers, "The sodium citrate nasal spray was designed to 'mop up' calcium molecules in nasal mucus and, as a result, temporarily turn up the sense of smell."
Ultimately, you'll have to figure out why you have excess calcium in your sinus passages. This could be due to a thyroid problem, taking too much calcium in supplement form, taking too little magnesium, or some other cause. Once you figure that out, you can correct the problem permanently. But until you do, using a sodium citrate nasal spray, such as Sinus4Way by Dr. Natural Healing (available online), can return your sense of smell temporarily.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND.