The Banana’s Role in Beating Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is one of many viruses that are vulnerable to a broad-spectrum antiviral drug currently in development. Designed to harness ‘the sugar code,’ this innovative drug hijacks certain virus’ communication systems. After years of investigation, an international team of researchers has developed a drug from a protein found in bananas that clings to sugar molecules on the Hepatitis C virus.
The potential application of such a drug is massive, especially because it also appears to target influenza, HIV and ebola.
Rich in potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin B-6 and fiber, bananas are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world. As bananas ripen, the starch they contain turns into sugars. Thus, riper bananas contain more sugar than green bananas. Although they can be high in natural sugars, bananas are considered safe for diabetics as long as they take the carbohydrate content into account in their meal and snack planning.
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