Foods rich in Polyphenols
Eating more dark chocolate and other foods rich in polyphenols may protect you from severe Covid-19 infection. According to a new study, a high intake of polyphenols can help reduce inflammation and prevent Covid-19 progression in patients infected with the virus. This potential health benefit of polyphenols has also been found in previous studies. Apart from reducing chronic inflammation, polyphenols can also help manage blood sugar and blood pressure levels as well as keep the blood vessels healthy and flexible. Packed with antioxidants, polyphenols can also help treat digestion issues, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases. The new study, published in the journal Integrative Physiology, revealed that polyphenols can help reduce inflammation by blocking the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and modifying the ACE-1/ACE-2 ratio. Cytokines are proteins that help the immune system fight infections, but too many cytokines or cytokine overproduction can cause inflammation in the body and lead to severe symptoms of various diseases, including Covid-19. Presence of cytokine storm has been linked to increased fatality rate in critically ill Covid-19 patients. If this hypothesis is proven in other studies too, increasing the intake of polyphenols may help reduce suffering and mortality imposed by SARS-CoV-2 infection, the authors noted in the study.