Corona viruses are a large group of viral infections that can affect both humans and animals. They get their name from the Latin root for “crown” or the aura of plasma that surrounds the Sun. This is because they appear to have projections from themselves looking like the projections seen on our sun.
There are now 7 known Corona viruses that have affected humans. The first four types are common and cause common colds. The next 3 include SARS, MERS and now the most recent pandemic SARs-CoV2 also better known as the Corona Virus that is causing the current pandemic.
Cytokine Storm and Covid-19.
A recent article in National Center for Biotechnology Information touched upon what is known as cytokine storm in the medical field. “The pathogenesis of a COVID-19 respiratory infection, in a major way, is related to what is referred to as the cytokine storm” or in lay terms a hyper-inflammatory response that can do more damage to tissue than fighting an infection. . During this cytokine storm, “an explosive production of proinflammatory cytokines … occurs, greatly exaggerating the generation of molecule-damaging reactive oxygen species (free radicals). In severe cases, the cytokine storm is responsible for the most obvious signs of a COVID-19 infection including fever, lung injury which causes cough and shortness of breath (and the long-term complication, lung fibrosis) and in death.”
Melatonin to the rescue!
It was believed in the past that Melatonin was only produced in the pineal gland of the brain and only involved in promotion of sleep. However, recent studies have shown that it is produced in the mitochondria which is the energy center of every cell in your body and it controls different functions in the cell proliferation and activation. Recent articles touch upon “melatonin's potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, it would normally reduce the highly proinflammatory cytokine storm and neutralize the generated free radicals thereby preserving cellular integrity and preventing lung damage… the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions of melatonin in protecting the lungs from damage in many experimental models that involve inflammation or oxidative stress (or both) is well documented. Moreover, melatonin has anti-viral actions against viruses other than COVID-19.” Hence there may be a possible advantage in taking melatonin not just for improved sleep but to protect against Covid-19 infection and its harmful effects. More research in this area is needed.
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