(ORDO NEWS) — A team of American scientists led by biology professor Pamela Weathers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute discovered the ability of wormwood to suppress the replication of coronavirus cells.
Experts analyzed the extract of wormwood annual. In the course of the study, it turned out that the plant can effectively fight viruses due to a substance called artemisinin in its composition.
“These results complement data from other laboratories around the world that this plant has compounds that may help patients infected with COVID-19,” Weathers said.
At the same time, it turned out that wormwood extracts do not block the penetration of the virus into cells, but they interfere with the ability of the virus to replicate, thereby killing it. Although this anti-replication activity may not be associated with artemisinin or flavonoids, which are naturally occurring substances in plants.
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