Bananas Proven As Potent Defense Against Viruses
Ever wonder how to protect yourself and your family against the common cold or the flu? The banana could potentially be the most protective natural remedy against HIV virus and has the potential to be used as a broad-spectrum antiviral agent according to research, due to an ingredient called banana lectin, which is a sugar binding protein that renders the virus harmless. Yet most people hardly know about it.
Leave The Pharmaceuticals, Grab The Bananas
The only thing that gives a virus the ability to take root in your body is a weakened immune system. When the immune system is strong nothing can penetrate it. However, having a strong immune system is a tall order in today's world. Your body works against many things in its day-to-day life – environmental toxins, poor diets, pesticides, herbicides, emotional and physical stress, personal vices and pharmaceuticals. The good news is, bananas are here to save the day.
Fortunately, much can be done to boost the immune system through diet. Nourishing yourself and your family by eating the right foods is one major step toward protecting yourself from disease -- that is, if you're getting the right nutritional information. That being said, navigating the informational minefields of nutrition has proven a wicked trick. To illustrate, clever marketing has the public believing that eggs are the most versatile food known to man, without every saying eggs are healthy. This may be because insiders know that eggs aren't as healthy as you are led to believe. Instead, eggs are safe houses for growing bacteria and viruses, particularly the flu virus. In fact, the potential danger of eggs to grow viruses and bacteria in the body is exhibited in the egg’s ability to harbor and sustain salmonella bacteria and grow flu viruses for vaccines in laboratories.
Now, imagine if the same positive marketing campaign existed for bananas? There would actually be some truth to the banana being incredible and edible, since research has shown the banana to be a worthy adversary to some big name viruses.
Ever Wonder Why You’re Not Hearing Much About HIV Virus Anymore?
Other research from the University of Michigan has shown that the banana is the only nature-grown food, that can inhibit the deadly HIV virus, however new research goes further into why this is so. New research, published in the journal Cell as found banana to be helpful in providing treatments for Ebola, hepatitis C, Sars and HIV, which makes it a worthy opponent against the common cold, and the flu, according to more recent research published in the Journal Cell.
Bananas Are Hydrating
Not only are bananas anti-viral, they’re 75% water, which make them a good source of hydration and electrolytes. Bananas are also mineral rich and an excellent source of potassium, copper, magnesium, iron, manganese. What is more, bananas are also abundant in vitamins C & B6. What is more, bananas are really low in fat and have a modest amount of protein.
Pharmaceutical Companies Want In On The Action
In trying to capitalize on the banana’s health promoting benefits scientists are working to isolate the active ingredient in bananas that takes down viruses -- banana lectin, also called BanLec, from the fruit of the banana and ramp it up to use as a pharmaceutical drug to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV-1.
“Lectins have that potential as they are able to bind to the sugars present on the surface of a range of viruses including HIV, influenza and Ebola, many of which have caused or have the potential to cause severe epidemics or even pandemics.”
According to the study published in the Journal Cell, the banana lectin coats viruses, stopping their growth and rendering them harmless. And while the study claims the creation of BanLec will eliminate the bananas so-called “irritating and inflammatory” effects, a banana when eaten ripened (with spots) are the most non-irritating, nourishing, anti-inflammatory, brain protecting natural foods available.
Why Wait for A Banana Drug When You Can Begin Jacking up Your Immune System Now?
Like the common cold, the flu no longer has a season and has become an all year round event, and you can begin protecting yourself and your children from getting these viruses now. Together with a healthful diet, two or three spotted bananas eaten daily is an excellent natural way to start securing your immune system against viruses all year long. According to the Cell study, banana lectin has the potential to be used as a broad-spectrum antiviral agent.