Bananas, herbs may help prevent HIV transmission

(NaturalNews) A study published in the March 19, 2010, situation of The Journal of Biological Chemistry observed that banana lectins, the proteins that bind to sugars, also bind to HIV-infected cells and avoid their replication and transmission. And a number of other studies have discovered comparable anti-HIV effects from different herbs and plants like the hyssop herb, pine cone seed extracts, “pokeweed” extracts, Reishi mushrooms and even cannabis (marijuana).

Researchers from the University of Michigan (UM) identified in a laboratory study that banana lectins bind to HIV-infected cells and basically envelop them so that they can’t reproduce. So scientists are now working on a very-concentrated extract of these lectins known as “Ban Tec” that they say could 1 day be widely used to avoid HIV transmission.

Pine cone seeds include a high lignan extract that has been shown not only to inhibit HIV transmission, but also reverse the harm caused to the physique by HIV-infected white blood cells. The “pokeweed” plant and at least three other North American prairie plants have shown HIV-preventive effects as effectively. And plant sterols in general seem to safeguard wholesome cells from becoming invaded by HIV. These and other details came from a latest report by FOX News.

For treating HIV-related signs and symptoms like “wasting syndrome” and neuropathy, cannabis, also known as marijuana, has verified itself to be highly efficient. Cannabis spurs appetite in those with “wasting syndrome”, helping them to eat more and gain weight, and it also reduces or totally eliminates the severe pain related with neuropathy.

And the Reishi mushroom, which is identified for its powerful immune-boosting activity, is also a favorite amongst Chinese herbalists treating HIV simply because it can support improve general condition and even potentially help reverse the disease altogether.

Sources for this story contain:

http://www.jbc.org/content/285/12/8646.abstract

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/01/11/bananas-herbs-avoid-transmission-hiv/
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