Grapes May Be Beneficial Against Coronavirus Research Suggests
January 19th, 2021
A Western Farm Press article reports that increasing levels of vitamin K — a nutrient found in grapes — may help to improve outcomes for people infected with COVID-19, a recent scientific study suggests.
In a report in the scientific journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, researchers identified an increased need for vitamin K during a coronavirus illness and noted that deficiency of the vitamin can have devastating consequences in the lungs.
Vitamin K is abundant in fresh grapes, plays an important role in regulating blood clotting and low levels of it may increase instances of clotting, the California Table Grape Commission notes. While COVID-19 is known as a respiratory infection, higher instances in blood clots have worsened outcomes for those with the disease.
Other research suggests that certain flavonoid compounds found in grapes, green tea, cacao and dark chocolate may be beneficial against the virus by inhibiting an enzyme that is involved in the virus’ infectivity.
“Anything that may help offset the negative impact of this devastating virus is worth knowing, so the findings that natural components found in grapes — vitamin K and certain flavonoids — may play a beneficial role in the fight is worth sharing,” said Kathleen Nave, California Table Grape Commission president. “These recent findings add to the substantial body of research built over 20 years indicating that eating fresh grapes can have significant positive impacts on long-term health.”
The commission has been promoting the nutritional quality of grapes amid the pandemic to boost demand and grower returns.
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