According to recent studies, resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red wine, peanuts, pistachios and dark skinned berries, may relieve the severity of Covid-19.
Scientists from Laval University (Canada), showed through a study, that resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant, increases the concentration of the ACE2 protein. This can be found in the tissues of the digestive system and the lungs, which is associated with a reduction in the severity of the acute respiratory distress syndrome that sometimes accompanies Covid-19.
Researcher Roman Zinovkin of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Moscow State University M.V. Lomonosov explained that, on the one hand, an increase in the amount of ACE2 increases the probability that the virus will enter the cell.
On the other hand, Flip Kopylov, a professor in the Department of Cardiology, Functional Diagnostics and Ultrasound at Séchenov University, said that resveratrol is one of the agents that affects ACE2 concentration, but that the tests have been done in animals and the effect in humans is not guaranteed to be the same.
An effect on the immune system
According to an article by Lucia Malaguarnera, a researcher at the University of Catania (Italy), the antioxidant has a suppressive effect on immune system cells, which is key to this research and causes a positive effect if breathing is difficult.