The Banana’s Role in Beating Hepatitis C
Potential for BanLec
Much to the chagrin of those in need, there are several more years before BanLec can be tested in humans. We aren’t there yet, but there is much to celebrate. According to Dr. David Markovitz, professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan and co-author of the paper published in the journal Cell, “What we’ve done is exciting because there is potential for BanLec to develop into a broad spectrum antiviral agent – something that is not clinically available to physicians and patients right now.”
History has taught us that powerful medicines can be extracted from everyday food and fauna. Digitalis (a heart medicine) comes from the foxglove plant and hesperidin (a blood vessel strengthener) comes from citrus fruits. As of 2015, we can add bananas to the potential list of sources for a potent drug. Besides reducing blood pressure, preventing muscle cramps and aiding in diarrhea recovery, bananas could be the origin of an antiviral drug that immobilizes the Hepatitis C virus.
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