Human civilization is experiencing a global crisis involving an unprecedented viral pandemic, with a high mortality rate, uncontrolled spread, and few effective drugs for treatment. Here, we critically evaluate how sulfated polysaccharides can be applied via foods to reduce the infectious process and increase the chances of an adequate immune response. The approach is directed to the infectious process by SARS-CoV-2 and protein S as a therapeutic focus. We discuss the antiviral activities of certain natural and specific sulfated polysaccharides that bind tightly to protein S. Finally, we identified that sulfated polysaccharides act as baits to interfere with the binding of the spike protein (SARS-CoV-2) to the ACE2 receptor and can be administered through food.

Fuente: Journal of Functional Foods
Available online 5 April 2023