People are scrambling for ways to protect themselves from COVID-19, the coronavirus that has spread to the level of a pandemic.
Health experts have constantly reminded everyone to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching the mouth, eyes, and nose, and practice social distancing as a way to prevent the spread of the disease.
But what should we eat to give our body a fighting chance against the threat of COVID-19?
Organic chemistry and drug discovery expert Allan Patrick G. Macabeo has suggested some diet tips for steeling our bodies against COVID-19.
In his Facebook post on Monday, March 16, Dr. Allan said food and drinks high in zinc and polyphenolic compounds—such as ginger, teas, coffees, and pomegranate juice—weaken the coronavirus.
He explained, "Based on scientific papers online, it seems that polyphenolic compounds are potent against Coronaridae viruses esp in deactivating their proteolytic enzymes.
"So yeah, drink your teas, coffees, pomegranate juice, load up with grape seed tabs and spice up your food recipe with ginger and turmeric."
Dr. Alla, however, reminded, "Pero guys, one at a time lang ha? Minsan, masama ang sobra [emoji]."
He continued, "Also take some supplements with zinc to deactivate those viral proteases and the like [emoji]"
Dr. Allan said sunlight also helps boost the immune system as it helps increase the levels of healthy vitamin D in the body.
He continued, "Lastly, bathe in the sun to photoactivate your body [emoji] if no sun, pa-cute muna sa lampshade [emoji] Stay healthy! [emoji]."
As of March 16, 11 p.m., the Philippines has reported 142 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19, which include Senator Miguel Zubiri.
Among the afflicted, 12 have died. There are now 214 persons under investigation for COVID-19 currently admitted in hospitals around the country.