Published: 08-Aug-2020 | Published By: Market Research Store
A new study has shown seaweed extract to be highly effective in treating COVID-19 than remdesivir, which is currently the leading SARS-CoV-2 antiviral drug being used to treat COVID-19 patients. This study has been published in the journal Cell Discovery. As per the researchers, this research could lay the groundwork for more study associated with SARS-CoV-2 virus. This virus just like any other virus reproduces by attaching to the host cell membrane, inserting genetic material, and further using cell’s resources to create replica viruses. The viruses spread quickly throughout the person’s body. Thus, the best way to stay safe is to wash hands many times as it will help damage the outer layer of the virus to avoid latching to the other cells.
The working of antiviral drug on SARS-CoV-2 is different as it does not damage the outer membrane of the virus. The idea of learning how to block the viral infection is the knowledge the researchers are trying to expand in order to combat the pandemic. However, the recent study shows seaweed to be effective against the virus owing to the presence of heparin, which is blood thinner. The presence of heparin and fucoidans present in the brown seaweed is found to fight SARS-CoV-2. The laboratory tests on mammalian cells have already proved the effectiveness of the viruses. Moreover, its high concentration showed no cellular toxicity, thereby making it safe.
Researchers are now trying to find new techniques to deliver the drug to the patients. It has been found that the infection starts in the nose and thus, the researchers are working on blocking it right before entering the body. The seaweed extracts could be taken as an oral form to treat potential gastrointestinal infection. Furthermore, in order to understand seaweed extracts effect the study of the virus particles shape and function is being revised. This study is complicated as the virus mutates easily. But, the presence of large sulfated polysaccharides offers more sites on the molecules to trap the virus. Seaweed could be a promising in terms of creating a new SARS-CoV-2 antiviral drug.
Market Research Store has published a report on global seaweed (algae) extract industry market. This report provides the overall qualitative and quantitative analysis of the seaweed extract industry market.
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