4. The Mighty Muscadine Grape
Two different types of muscadine grapes also managed to stop COVID Mpro’s ability to replicate the virus cells in the study. “Muscadine grapes contain these inhibitory chemicals in their skins and seeds.” Xie explained to MSN Lifestyle. “Plants use these compounds to protect themselves, so it is not surprising that plant leaves and skins contain these beneficial compounds.”
Muscadine grapes are native to North America and contain more polyphenols than any other variety of grape. No wonder they’re a powerful nutritional weapon in the battle against viral infections.
3. Cacao Powder Power
The study results showed cacao powder and dark chocolate were about half as effective at hindering COVID Mpro function as green tea and muscadine grapes, but still made a significant difference. Reducing a viral cell’s ability to replicate by 50% still could decrease its rate of spreading through the body. Weakening the COVID virus could make both the infection and post-recovery healing easier for some people.
Cacao beans and powder are rich with flavonoids, a sub-class of polyphenols that have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Dark Chocolate – The More Bitter the Better
Because dark chocolate is made of cacao, it comes with the same immune-boosting flavonoids. However, not all dark chocolate is created equal when it comes to nutrient value. The higher the cocoa content in the dark chocolate, the more antioxidant power it will hold.
Generally speaking, dark chocolate with 70% cacao and higher will give you enough flavonoids per serving for immune system support. Unfortunately, the higher the percentage of cacao the stronger the bitterness of the chocolate. Eat bitter dark chocolate in small amounts or use it in cooking and baking to make it taste better.Related: 17 Long-Term Effects of COVID-19, Straight from the CDC
1. Keeping Your Immune System Strong with Food
These and other whole foods can help strengthen your immune system to help make viral infections less of a threat to your body. Don’t forget to eat a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits for daily antioxidants from phytonutrients. Your immune system also needs healthy fats and protein from whole food sources like grass-fed meats, fish, avocado, nuts and seeds. Add a comforting cup of green tea or homemade hot cocoa to the mix and your body could have a better shot at fighting off viral infections and other illnesses.Related: Household Spread of COVID-19 Is Common and Quick