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December 02, 2020 - News - Medical

Research suggests plant flavonols could serve as effective antivirals for SARS-CoV-2

Research suggests plant flavonols could serve as effective antivirals for SARS-CoV-2
Flavanols are predominant in tea, apples, grapes, red wine, and cocoa.© Photabulous!

Researchers in Algeria have reviewed some of the evidence suggesting that flavonols commonly found in many plants and vegetables could be used as a therapeutic approach to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In an article recently published in the European Journal of Pharmacology, the team describes a number of studies suggesting that these naturally occurring molecules exert antiviral activity against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – the agent that causes COVID-19.

The studies have demonstrated that many dietary flavonols disrupt the ability of SARS-CoV-2 to bind to its target host cell receptor angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) and gain viral entry.

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