Phytonutrients' importance in COVID-19 epidemiology and resistance.

The victims of COVID-19 are heavily skewed towards groups that have little access to healthy food, such as the poor, incarcerated, the aged warehoused in assisted living facilities, and low income people trapped in inner cities and isolated by poverty.

None of these groups seem likely t have access to fresh vegetables.

Its been known for decades that food is a significant factor in the overall health of the immune system.  

Epidemics like COVID-19 I suspect may end up with it becoming clearer that food quality and diversity needs to become an issue that the country and world cannot ignore. We need to prioritize access to phytonutrition for all.

One evolving story is that the substance resveratrol, a polyphenolic stilbenoid, and powerful modulator of inflammation inhibits COVID-19, in vitro. (in a lab's cell culture environment)

This is not at all surprising, given that we already knew it was active against other CoVs like MERS and SARS.

Resveratrol is now in Phase 2 clinical studies as a possible means of reducing COVID-19 infection and severity.

Link to this most recent study.

Link to the clinical trial.

I would be very surprised if it was not found to act strongly against the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)  virus in the human body, in many other ways as that would be consistent with a growing body of research pointing in that direction.

Indeed, the SIRT modulator effects of resveratrol are apparently due to an ancient, evolutionarily conserved viral protection system, which because of its broad activity may constitute a better approach to defending against viruses than vaccines, which could turn out to be subject to what is best defined as "antibody dependent enhancement", or the "original antigenic sin" problem.

Vaccines for any illness in the coronavirus family have been fraught with problems, making it wise for manufacturers to exercise great caution, before bringing any vaccines to market, and we should be alert for side effects.

It is in this context that the promising but incremental improvements in immunity and disease resistance that are brought to the table by phytonutrients must be seen.

Why isn't the popular media covering this important issue?

Naturally grown plants are arguably more valuable as food than the products of factory farming, due to micro-nutrients, and should by all rules of economics, fetch prices that reflect a higher food value. Even if the fruit or grains are cosmetically imperfect, too large or small, or not exactly the desired color they are worth more as food.

So, traditional farmers should be able to derive more income from plants they grow without the products and seeds of the corporate fecaliths.

This sites focus on trade agreements is therefore quite appropriate, because global agribusiness is fighting a war of sorts against family farmers and healthy agriculture by means of international pacts which fully intend to strip less industrial food products of the ability to formally recognize the value which they naturally possess.

Don't be surprised if we find those absent nutrients to be powerful modulators of human health.

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