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Paper ID: 162

Functional Food Rich In Flavonoids To Prevent Corona Virus: Opportunities And Challenges

Christina Winarti and Sintha Suhirman

Research Center for Agroindustry, National Research and Innovation Agency


The threat of a new type of corona virus causes Covid-19 has become pandemic for more than 2 years. Even though the prevalence has decreased considerably and many countries have started into new habit adaptations, in some countries exposure to the virus has increased again. Therefore, one of the efforts to avoid virus infection is to increase the body’s immunity, for instance, by consuming foods rich in nutrients and bioactive compounds. Various studies have been conducted to explore spices and medicinal plants as antiviral for corona and as immunomodulators. Although vaccination has been promoted, but because the Covid-19 virus is always mutating, people still have to be vigilant and increase their immune system by consuming vitamins including indigenous Indonesian spices and medicinal plants. One of potential active compound from plants for Covid-19 is flavonoids. Flavonoids are secondary metabolites abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, roots, stems, leaves, and flowers. Flavonoids have a broad spectrum of health benefits due to their activity as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and immunomodulatory. Study of flavonoid sources from plants as antiviral for corona and immunomodulators have been widely carried out. The objective of the review was to explore the potential and opportunities of plant rich in flavonoids as anti-viral and immunomodulator during and post covid pandemic.

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