Hesperidin and Thymoquinone from Botanicals for Treatment and Prevention of COVID
The Sonic Extractor could be used to extract hesperidin from citrus peel waste, and the extract could be used for the prevention and mitigation of COVID. If a group is willing to fund a clinical study, we’re willing to formulate the botanical extracts. Hesperadin and thymoquinone are also found in Black Cumin (Black Seed) or Nigella sativa.
Please see the science references below.
Review of Evidence Available on Hesperidin-Rich Products as Potential Tools against COVID-19 and Hydrodynamic Cavitation-Based Extraction as a Method of Increasing Their Production. Based on recent computational and experimental studies, hesperidin, a bioactive flavonoid abundant in citrus peel, stands out for its high binding affinity to the main cellular receptors of SARS-CoV-2, outperforming drugs already recommended for clinical trials. Thus, it is very promising for prophylaxis and treatment of COVID-19, along with other coexistent flavonoids such as naringin, which could help restraining the proinflammatory overreaction of the immune system. Controlled hydrodynamic cavitation processes showed the highest speed, effectiveness and efficiency in the integral and green aqueous extraction of flavonoids, essential oils and pectin from citrus peel waste. After freeze-drying, the extracted pectin showed high quality and excellent antioxidant and antibacterial activities, attributed to flavonoids and essential oils adsorbed and concentrated on its surface. This study reviews the recent evidence about hesperidin as a promising molecule, and proposes a feasible and affordable process based on hydrodynamic cavitation for the integral aqueous extraction of citrus peel waste resulting in hesperidin-rich products, either aqueous extracts or pectin tablets. The uptake of this process on a relevant scale is urged, in order to achieve large-scale production and distribution of hesperidin-rich products. Meanwhile, experimental and clinical studies could determine the effective doses either for therapeutic and preventive purposes.
Hesperidin is also found in Black cumin.
A glance at black cumin (Nigella sativa) and its active constituent, thymoquinone, in ischemia: a review. Black cumin (Nigella sativa) belonging to Ranunculaceae family has a long history of medicinal use in various folk and traditional systems of medicine, including Iranian traditional medicine (ITM). These valuable medicinal seeds have been used traditionally against a variety of diseases such as dyspepsia, diabetes, headache, influenza and asthma. In addition, several scientific investigations have reported the therapeutic properties of N. sativa and thymoquinone (TQ), one of the most important constituent of black cumin, for treatment of a large number of diseases, including ischemia. As there is no comprehensive review study about the anti-ischemic activity of black cumin and its mechanism of action, in the current study, we aimed to review the anti-ischemic activities of N. sativa and TQ in different organ-related disorders. Thus, N. sativa could be a potential candidate for treatment of ischemia related disorders in key organs such as brain, liver, digestive system, kidney, and heart. To figure out the exact mechanism of action, further investigations are proposed in this regard.
Honey & Nigella Sativa Trial Against COVID-19 (HNS-COVID-PK).
To evaluate the effectiveness of Nigella Sativa and honey stirred in 250 ml of distilled water 12 hourly till patient becomes asymptomatic or a maximum of 14 days with standard hospital care versus standard hospital care alone with placebo capsule and 250 ml water, in clearing the COVID-19 nucleic acid from throat and nasal swab, lowering disease detrimental effects on HRCT chest/X-ray and severity of symptoms along with duration of hospital stay till day 14th day of follow up and 30 days mortality (primary outcomes).
Results (pre-print – not peer reviewed). Date: November 30, 2020.
Honey and Nigella sativa against COVID-19 in Pakistan (HNS-COVID-PK): A multi-center placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial. BACKGROUND: No definitive treatment exists for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Honey and Nigella sativa (HNS) have established antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties. Hence, we investigated efficacy of HNS against COVID-19. CONCLUSION: HNS significantly improved symptoms, viral clearance and mortality in COVID-19 patients. Thus, HNS represents an affordable over the counter therapy and can either be used alone or in combination with other treatments to achieve potentiating effects against COVID-19.