A recent American study found that materials found in natural foods may help fight the emerging corona virus that causes Covid-19 disease, so what are these foods? What is its impact mechanism?
The study was conducted by researchers Yu Chu and Di Yu Xie in the Department of Plant Biology and Microbes at North Carolina State University in the United States. It is published in Frontiers in Plant Science.
The researchers studied the effect of compounds in these foods on the main protease (Mpro) of SARS-CoV-2. It is a key enzyme for corona viruses and has a central role in the reproduction and transcription of the virus. The study was conducted in the laboratory, not in humans.
The researchers found the weak point of the virus, which is this enzyme necessary for the process of reproduction and fusion. The two researchers proceeded that disrupting this enzyme will lead to the death of the virus, according to a Deutsche Welle report.
The researchers found that the substances in 4 foods can impede the work of the protease enzyme for the Corona virus, namely:
The researchers said that due to the lack of an effective drug to treat Covid-19, these data recommend that these food compounds and extracts of green tea, grapes and cocoa can be used to interfere with the destruction of the Corona virus.
As for the compounds found in these foods that give them their anti-corona virus properties in the laboratory, they include:
(-) – catechin-3-O-gallate (-) – catechin-3-O-gallate
(-) – epicatechin-3-O-gallate (-) – epicatechin-3-O-gallate
(-) – gallocatechin-3-O-gallate (-) – gallocatechin-3-O-gallate
(-) – epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate (-) – epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate
Procyanidin B1 procyanidin B1
Procyanidin B2 procyanidin B2
In conclusion, we confirm that this is an initial study, and it was conducted in the laboratory and not on humans, and that eating any food is not a cure for the Corona virus, and it is not a substitute for adhering to the guidelines of medical organizations, such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing and following personal hygiene standards.
Also, these foods are not a cure or a way to relieve symptoms of Corona. If you contract Corona, see your doctor and adhere to his instructions and the medications prescribed for you, and do not stop any of them. Consult a doctor before consuming these foods if you are infected or suspect you have coronavirus.
Source: Al Jazeera
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