Food as Medicine: A Possible Preventive Measure against COVID-19

In yet another interesting research by the Institute of Molecular Virology, Ulm University Medical Center, Technische Universität Dresden, and CogniVerde GmbH it was found that green tea, cranberry juice, and pomegranate juice have the potential to kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The study found out that these juices and teas were able to prevent the spread of the infection in cells in vitro.

What does the study say?

For the study, scientists mixed the herbal substances with viruses, including influenza A virus, adenovirus type 5, and SARS-CoV-2 and incubated them at room temperature, and determined infectivity.

Here are the Findings –

It was found that the chokeberry juice decreases the infectivity by almost 3,000 times. While pomegranate juice, green tea, and elderberry juice, reduced the infectivity by around 10 times

The scientists also tested the swine flu virus and its interaction with herbal substances. They found that all four herbal juices inactivate more than 99%  of the virus in under 5 minutes. It was noted that chokeberry juice inactivates around 97% of the SARS-CoV-2 after 5 minutes, while pomegranate juice and green tea inactivated around 80% of the virus. The elderberry juice had no effect on the SARS-CoV-2. The researchers also found out that the SARS-CoV-2 was more resistant to any other pathogen, though chokeberry juice was quite useful. Pomegranate juice and green tea also helped in reducing the effect of the virus.

What can you do?

The authors of the study suggested that gargling and rinsing your mouth with these teas and juices followed by the consumption of them can be an easy and effective strategy to prevent SARS-CoV-2, especially in people with high risk.


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