The lowly 'Saluyot' touted as anti-COVID 19 food

The lowly 'Saluyot' touted as anti-COVID 19 food

The novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19 has brought the human race almost into its knees, and the search for the cure is still light years away.

But scientist are of the belief that the cure might be something that is we already know, one that is already familiar to us.

In the early onset of the coronavirus, banana was floated as a remedy for it, which was easily debunked by scientists, they say banana as a food can help boost the resistance against COVID-19 but not cure it.

Saluyot (photo credit to owner)

In an article from the Arab Times,a consultant for Internal Medicine and the Digestive System at the Thunyan Al-Ghanem Center at the Amiri Hospitalquoted Dr. Fahd Al-Najjarthat the common ‘saluyot’ (corchorus) contains a substance that can combat coronavirus infection.

Najjar said saluyot contains flavonoid that helps zinc enter into virus-infected cells and prevents the virus from reproducing.

He said research showed flavoniids from saluyot produces anti-viral effects shown by antimalarial drugs, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which are also being studied as possible treatment for COVID-19 infection.

In the country, former Department of Health (DOH) Secretary and a herbal medicine advocate Jaime Galvez Tan is promoting, among others, a salad dish composed of kamote tops(talbos), kangkong, malunggay (moringa), saluyot, and sili (capsicum) as a way to boost immune system and resist viral infection.

Juan Ponce Enrile

The former senate president is just 4 years shy of being 100 years old, e claimes that the secret to his longevity, aprt from regular sleep and exercise is saluyot being part of his diet.
“My secret in fighting ageing is saluyot. I always eat dinengdeng. Every Sunday, that is what I’m eating,” Enrile said.

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