Does drinking coffee every day help prevent COVID contamination? Study says yes!
Research revealed that a substance found in the drink can inhibit the installation of the coronavirus
Having a cup of coffee is already part of the routine of many people. Whether for a break or to stay awake, this habit is common in several countries around the world, especially during the morning.
However, according to a recent study, daily coffee consumption can also play an important role in health by preventing contamination by COVID-19 from occurring. That’s because a substance found in the drink can help prevent the installation of the virus in the human body. Understand!
How was the survey carried out?
The biochemically based research done by scientists at Jacobs Universityin Germany, revealed that 5-caffeoylquinic acid, also called chlorogenic acid, is able to inhibit the interaction between the coronavirus and the ACE-2 receptor – the place where COVID-19 inserts itself in the body.
According to studythe acid present in coffee can prevent the spike protein from taking hold, which would end the inflammatory process that occurs with the infection.
For this, it would be necessary to consume a cup of filtered coffee a dayconsidering that 200 ml of the drink contains about 100 ml of 5-caffeoylquinic acid – enough to prevent the presence of the virus.
Results are not definitive
Because it was only done in the laboratory, new research-based data need to be collected, such as the duration of inhibition caused by chlorogenic acid. In an article, Nikolai Kuhnert, leader of the study, said that the data will be taken to other researchers in order to understand whether those who consume coffee often are actually less affected by the disease.
“As chemists, we cannot answer the practical question of whether drinking coffee can actually serve as a preventive measure to protect against infections. But we can say that it is plausible. The fact that coffee has many positive effects is well established. Regular drinkers are less likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes, for example,” Kuhnert said in a statement.
Previous studies, such as the one carried out by researchers at the Northwestern Universityin the United States, have already raised the possibility of consuming at least two cups of coffee daily, reducing the risk of contamination by COVID-19 by up to 10%.
However, further research is needed in practice so that the effect of coffee against the coronavirus can be better understood.
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