As if we needed another reason to reach for a cup of coffee in the office breakroom, a new study has suggested that drinking coffee could be linked to the prevention of COVID-19 infection.
The new research has yet to be proven but it does suggest that drinking delicious office coffee could “plausibly” protect against COVID-19, which is enough for us to happily keep sipping our coffee. The research was published in the journal Food & Function.
A team at Jacobs University, led by chemist Professor Nikolai Kuhnert, carried out an experiment that found the chemical compound found in coffee, 5-caffeoylquinic acid, can prevent the interaction between the SARS CoV-2 spike protein of the coronavirus and the ACE-2 receptor. This means that 5-caffeoylquinic acid blocks the infection of the virus.
The study based these findings on a regular cup of coffee being exactly 200 milliliters, with 100 milliliters containing 5-caffeoylquinic acid.
Further research is needed to prove that this concentration of 5-caffeoylquinic acid can prevent the docking of the spike protein to the ACE-2 receptor and inhibit the infection process of the virus. It’s also undetermined how long the inhibitory effect of 5-caffeoylquinic acid lasts.
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