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Scientists: Dandelion extract prevents coronavirus from multiplying

European biochemists found that dandelion extract is able to suppress coronavirus replication in cells, and it has a stronger effect on the "Omicron" strain, compared to the previous SARS-CoV-2 mutants. The results of the researchers' experiments have been published in the bioRxiv online library.

In an article published by the researchers, it was stated: “We have shown in experiments conducted on human cell cultures, exposed to infection with the Coronavirus, that even small amounts of the dandelion extract can inhibit the replication of SARS-CoV-2 by 60-80%. This is especially true of Farms infected with the "Omicron" strain, which does not indicate an increase in virus resistance, but rather a decrease in its ability to resist plant extracts.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, biologists and physicians have been studying how antivirals, other drugs, and various biologically active substances work. These trials showed that some drugs designed to fight hepatitis C and Ebola can slow the replication of SARS-CoV-2.

Some of them are now used in medical practice to treat "Covid-19", but scientists continue to search for other drugs that can slow the replication of the virus, including among the various compounds originally found in nature.

For example, over the past two years, scientists have investigated that substances in extracts of black tea, snake venom, and wormwood can inhibit the replication of SARS-CoV-2.

A group of European biochemists led by Evelyn Lamy, a professor at the German University of Freiburg, studied how various extracts from popular medicinal plants affect the Coronavirus. Scientists prepared an extract from dandelion and tracked its effect on different strains of SARS-CoV-2.

Experiments conducted by researchers have shown that the substances contained in this herb can prevent the formation of bonds between coronavirus particles and receptors from ACE2 cells that are attacked by COVID-19 infection.

At the same time, the scientists revealed interesting differences like the effect of dandelion extract on the first and current mutants of SARS-CoV-2.

In particular, the researchers found that the substances contained in dandelion extract, even in relatively small concentrations, slowed the reproduction of the "Wuhan" mutant coronavirus and the "Delta" strain in weakened cell cultures by about 60-70%.

On the other hand, similar doses of the extract slowed the reproduction of the Omicron strain by 80% or more, indicating increased susceptibility to the drug.

Published Date: 31.12.2022 - The health - Source: TASS


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