AVD is predominantly based upon peer-reviewed scientific research spanning more than half a century. Reading across the wide range of academic journals now available, it does not take long to arrive at corroboration of an 'Anti-Viral Diet' - just take a look at the 15 quotes below. What do you think after reading them?
"Several antiviral bioproducts have already been described by the activity against Dengue Virus, Coronavirus, Enterovirus, Hepatitis B, Influenza Virus and HIV. Thus, bioproducts could be friends in the fight against SARS-CoV-2." - Ananda da Silva Antonio, Larissa Silveira Moreira Wiedemann & Valdir Florêncio Veiga-Junior
"Within the nutrition sector a promising body of evidence studying inter-relationships between certain nutrients and immune competence already exists. This could potentially be an important player in helping the body to deal with the Coronavirus.” - Emma Derbyshire & Joanne Delange
"Nutrition may therefore play a role in the immune defense against COVID-19 and may explain some of the differences seen in COVID-19 across Europe." - Jean Bousquet, Josep M. Anto, Guido Iaccarino, Wienczyslawa Czarlewski, Tari Haahtela, Aram Anto, Cezmi A. Akdis, Hubert Blain, G. Walter Canonica, Victoria Cardona, Alvaro A. Cruz, Maddalena Illario, Juan Carlos Ivancevich, Marek Jutel, Ludger Klimek, Piotr Kuna, Daniel Laune, Désirée Larenas-Linnemann, Joaquim Mullol, Nikos G. Papadopoulos, Oliver Pfaar, Boleslaw Samolinski, Arunas Valiulis, Arzu Yorgancioglu, Torsten Zuberbier & The ARIA group
"The volume of existing reports is irrefutable evidence that foods and herbs possess a potential antiviral ability against SARS-CoV-2 and can prevent COVID-19. " - Suraphan Panyod, Chi-Tang Ho & Lee-Yan Sheen
"The immune response has often been shown to be weakened by inadequate nutrition in many model systems as well as in human studies. Therefore, we propose to verify the nutritional status of COVID-19 infected patients." - Lei Zhang & Yunhui Liu
"Selected vitamins and trace elements support immune function by strengthening epithelial barriers and cellular and humoral immune responses. Supplementations with various combinations of trace-elements and vitamins have shown beneficial effects on the antiviral immune response." - Ranil Jayawardena, Piumika Sooriyaarachchi, Michail Chourdakis, Chandima Jeewandara & Priyanga Ranasinghe
"Our investigation revealed that the proposed plant metabolites can serve as potential anti-SARS-CoV-2 lead molecules for further optimization and drug development processes to combat COVID-19 and future pandemics caused by viruses." - Farhana Rumzum Bhuiyan, Sabbir Howlader, Topu Raihan & Mahmudul Hasan
"Globally, herbs with some preliminary evidence of anti-viral activity against coronaviruses, along with phytotherapic remedies with immune stimulant properties, appear as good candidates for additional studies on the topic." - Michele Antonelli, Davide Donelli, Valentina Maggini & Fabio Firenzuoli
AVD is more than a book. It is a long-term scientific research project whose aim is to bring together findings from scientists and medical researchers worldwide regarding the most effective balance of ingredients to be included in a healthy and effective 'Anti-Viral Diet'. The online research database is being updated regularly.
"Natural products [...] with anti-virus, anti-bacteria and anti-inflammation activity could effectively interact with these targets of SARS-CoV-2. Therefore, the herbal medicines containing these compounds as major components might be meaningful for the treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infections." - Canrong Wu, Yang Liu, Yueying Yang, Peng Zhang, Wu Zhong, Yali Wang, Qiqi Wang, Yang Xu, Mingxue Li, Xingzhou Li, Mengzhu Zheng, Lixia Chen & Hua Li
"Here, in this study, we have utilized a blind molecular docking approach to identify the possible inhibitors of the SARS-CoV-2 main protease, by screening a total of 33 molecules which includes natural products, anti-virals, anti-fungals, anti-nematodes and anti-protozoals. All the studied molecules could bind to the active site of the SARS-CoV-2 protease, out of which Rutin (a natural compound) has the highest inhibitor efficiency among the 33 molecules studied." - Sourav Das, Sharat Sarmah, Sona Lyndem & Atanu Singha Roy
"With the current pandemic, many scientists have rushed to the development of a potential vaccine and therapeutic agent that is effective against COVID-19; however, herbal agents should not be overlooked." - Fanila Shahzad, Diana Anderson & Mojgan Najafzadeh
"Certain population groups are more likely to have micronutrient deficiencies, while certain disease pathologies and treatment practices also exacerbate risk, meaning these groups tend to suffer increased morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases. Optimisation of overall nutritional status, including micronutrients, can be effective in reducing incidence of infectious disease." - Emma Derbyshire & Joanne Delange
"Current literature provides obvious evidence supporting dietary therapy and herbal medicine as potential effec-tive antivirals against SARS-CoV-2 and as preventive agents against COVID-19. Thus, dietary therapy and herbal medicine could be a complementary preventive therapy for COVID-19." - Suraphan Panyod, Chi-Tang Ho & Lee-Yan Sheen
“We are striving for a COVID-19 treatment that can be quickly produced and easily distributed. Natural products could provide an answer to this dilemma, as they often have low toxicity and are used in the pharmaceutical industry for their bioactivity, including antiviral.” - Ananda da Silva Antonio, Larissa Silveira Moreira Wiedemann & Valdir Florêncio Veiga-Junior
"As this review illustrates, there are innumerable potentially useful medicinal plants and herbs waiting to be evaluated and exploited for therapeutic applications against genetically and functionally diverse viruses families." - S.A. Jassim & M.A. Naji
The volume 'AVD' aims to provide general readers with a greater appreciation and understanding of our developing knowledge of the effect of certain dietary ingredients on human health, above all on our vulnerability to viruses and viral illnesses. The book provides web-links to a database of over 1000 articles in support of the proposal of an 'Anti-Viral Diet'.
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