The Banana’s Role in Beating Hepatitis C
The Sugar Code
A concept in biochemistry, the sugar code is a high-density coding system that allows cells to communicate through surfaces. Scientists still don’t fully understand all that the sugar code controls, but believe it may be a powerful mechanism. Researchers have discovered that lectin molecules bind to sugar molecules covering the surface of many viruses. Because lectins attach to sugars, they can interrupt the cellular communication that allows viruses to enter cells.
BanLec is the name given to banana lectin, which was first discovered five years ago and was considered as a potential AIDS treatment. Unfortunately, it caused side effects so undesirable that cracking the sugar code with BanLec was derailed. However, scientists have recently created a new version of BanLec, which can fight viruses without irritation and inflammation side effects.
BanLec works by clinging to sugar molecules found on the surface of certain viruses. Once locked on, the virus is rendered harmless because it is prevented from getting into the cell. Upon being blocked, the virus can easily be disposed of by the body’s immune system. Animal studies show the new form of BanLec, called H84T, is capable of stopping the influenza virus without side effects. In addition, H84T worked in vitro against AIDS and Hepatitis C.
Bananas are tasty and nutritious, but experts warn that banana consumption does not have the same effect on influenza, HIV or Hepatitis C as the modified H84T BanLec does. Nonetheless, it is an exciting development that bananas could be the source of a broad-spectrum antiviral drug (that includes the Hepatitis C virus as a victim)!
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