The NO boosters used by fitness fanatics and bodybuilders may protect against the dreaded coronavirus. This is suggested by an in vitro study published by the Swedish microbiologist Dario Akaberi, affiliated with the University of Uppsala, in Redox Biology.
Akaberi released the coronavirus onto epithelial cells in his lab and then watched the virus multiply.
The researcher also exposed some cells to S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine [SNAP] at the same time. S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine is a NO donor. Akabari did not experiment with the substances that you can find in NO boosters, but with a substance that does the same.
The higher the concentration of S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine, the slower the coronavirus was able to multiply.
“We conclude that NO may be applied for clinical use in the treatment of COVID-19 and other human coronavirus infections”, the Swedes conclude.
Source: Ergo-Log.net, Redox Biol. 2020 Sep 21;37:101734.