TACLOBAN CITY – Food experts of the state-run Eastern Visayas State University’s (EVSU) main campus here have developed a natural drink that would help boost a person’s immune system.
The immune-boosting drink ExCITE, which stands for Extinguishing Communicable Infection Through Edible plant sources, comes with the necessary nutrients to combat possible infections, including the first symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
ExCITE is made of carrot, moringa, and calamansi extracts and is rich in vitamin C, potassium, beta-carotene, calcium, and iron.
As of Monday, the school has already produced some 1,300 bottles of the immune-booster drink.
The university started distributing them on March 28 to front-liners and responders stationed in highway and village checkpoints here, the city health and information offices, and personnel assigned to the campus.
“The biggest challenge, for now, is how we are going to fight the virus. Though we have a natural defense system in the body, the best thing is to boost our immune system through nutrient values and nutritious products,” Bernard Niño Membrebe, EVSU Food Innovation Center technology licensing office head, said in a statement on Wednesday.
The school said they would continue the production, depending on the availability of raw materials, or by using other organic sources, such as fresh coconut or any fruit in season.
Since the global outbreak, EVSU and other state universities in the region have joined the nationwide effort to fight the coronavirus.
The Samar State University in Catbalogan City has produced some 756 gallons of hand sanitizers, distributed for free among households and front-line establishments.
The Leyte Normal University here has also produced some 2,000 face shields and gallons of disinfectants, distributed to front-liners and their adopted villages. (PNA)