Scientists in the international symposium have said that ginger can provide an effective adjunct therapy against COVID 19. Several studies have shown that ginger possesses numerous health benefits, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antidiabetic, and anticancer activities, they said.

These views were expressed by the national and foreign scholars on Wednesday, while delivering their plenary lectures in the scientific session held on the third day of the “15th International Symposium on Natural Product Chemistry (ISNPC-15)” which is being held at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi. As many as 60 scholars from more than 20 countries are participating in the conference, while 400 scholars are only from Pakistan.

Dr. Rafat A Siddiqui, a scientist from the US, said that the role of nutrients in immune modulation was well known. Ginger is commonly used as a spice worldwide and has been shown to possess numerous health benefits, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antidiabetic, and anticancer activities, he said, adding that therefore the current scientific evidence suggests that ginger can be an effective herbal natural product to reduce inflammation, cytokine storm, and viral replication during COVID19 infection.

Baby ginger can be very effective in preventing respiratory viral infection due to its higher polyphenolic content and strong anti-oxidation activity, he said.

Following the medicinal importance of ginger, the Virginia State University has an active program on ginger cultivation, production, and investigating its effects on human health, he informed the participants.

Dr. Mustafa Guzel, a leading Turkish scholar, expressed serious concerns over the fatality of cancer worldwide, said that cancer now surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in many countries of the world.

He discussed cancer as a Metabolic Disease, and also talked about new medicines and hopes to fight against cancer.

Dr. Masood Parvez, a Canadian scholar, highlighted the function of hydrogen bonding in natural products and said that hydrogen bonding played a unique role in natural products chemistry.

The Swedish female scientist, Dr. Ute Romling presented her work in understanding how bacteria cause infection and drug resistance against antibiotics.

During the scientific session of the third day, many concurrent session lectures were also held. The national and foreign scholars highlighted the importance of natural products during the sessions.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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