Proteins in Bananas can actually prevent the spread of HIV, the University of Michigan study reveals. According to www.foxnews.com, researchers have found a chemical called Ban Lec that can stop the HIV virus from entering the human body. The recent study also revealed that this lectin in bananas binds with a certain element of sugar and inhibits the spread of HIV.
In a recent study to be published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry , the researchers have found that Ban Lec can be a cheap anti- HIV medication which might block the spread of other fatal viruses also. According to www.annarbor.com, senior author and professor at the University of Michigan, David Markovitz said: “Women in the developing world have little control over whether or not men use a condom, finding an HIV-inhibitor that could block the transmission of the disease using a topically applied vaginal microbicide could help give them a better chance of preventing infection.”
According to this study, Ban Lec, a chemical found in banana is a more affordable and effective option to prevent the spread of HIV in women which can save thousands of lives. A study author from the department of immunology, Michael D. Swanson was quoted as saying: “The problem with some HIV drugs is that the virus can mutate and become resistant, but that’s much harder to do in the presence of lectins.”
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