Call for mobilization of functional foods, antioxidants, and herbal antivirals in support of international campaign to control coronavirus
Objective: The unavailability of optimal medication and shortage of effective vaccines for COVID-19 may offer an opportunity for alternative natural therapies. We suggest re-visiting the hidden potential of traditional remedies including functional foods, antioxidant, and antiviral herbs. We suggest clinical trials investigating antioxidant and/or pre- pro-biotic supplements in patients with COVID-19 infections and the measurement of appropriate variables such as ROS, RNS, IgA, SOD, lysozyme production, RIBs, and food intake to yield preliminary data for future trials. Data from current patients and victims could be re-analyzed retrospectively in an attempt to understand the effects on the immune system, herbal consumption behavior, and routine nutritional measures.
Keywords: Functional foods, antioxidant, antiviral, coronavirus, COVID-19
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