New research shows that hesperidin – a compound found in oranges – may ward off the coronavirus infection. Do the latest findings suggest that drinking a glass of orange juice can help ward off the threat?
A new research has identified a novel treatment and preventative measure against COVID-19 – the viral disease caused by SARS-CoV-2. According to the research, published in the journal Medical Hypotheses, hesperidin – a compound in orange peels – can block coronavirus from entering host cells through ACE2 receptors which can prevent the infection. “Anti-viral activity of hesperidin might constitute a treatment option for COVID-19 through improving host cellular immunity against infection and its good anti-inflammatory activity may help in controlling cytokine storm,” writes the researchers.
A cytokine storm is an overreaction of the body’s immune system.
“In some people with COVID-19, the immune system releases immune messengers, called cytokines, into the bloodstream out of proportion to the threat or long after the virus is no longer a threat,” explains Harvard Health.
When this happens, the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues, potentially causing significant harm.
“A cytokine storm triggers an exaggerated inflammatory response that may damage the liver, blood vessels, kidneys, and lungs, and increase formation of blood clots throughout the body,” the university site continues.