Contribution of Plants in Fighting Viral Pandemics
Viral pandemics, such as the COVID-19 crisis caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, have underscored the pressing need for innovative approaches to combat infectious diseases. Nature, in the form of plants and their diverse array of bioactive compounds, has emerged as a valuable resource in the battle against viral pandemics. This study explores the multifaceted contributions of plants in fighting viral pandemics, highlighting the potential of plant-based solutions in preventing, managing, and mitigating the impact of viral infections. Over centuries, plants have synthesized a rich reservoir of natural compounds with potent antiviral properties. Alkaloids, flavonoids, terpenoids, and polyphenols are among the many bioactive molecules that have demonstrated efficacy against a wide range of viruses. This research delves into the mechanisms of action of these compounds and their potential applications as antiviral agents. The contribution of plants in fighting viral pandemics is multifaceted and holds immense promise. As we navigate the challenges posed by emerging infectious diseases, harnessing the potential of plants represents a sustainable and holistic approach to pandemic preparedness and response. The study advocates for interdisciplinary research, bridging traditional knowledge with modern science, and responsible stewardship of plant resources to advance our capacity to combat viral pandemics effectively.
Keywords: Viral, Pandemic, Infectious, Antiviral, Agent