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Anti-Viral Properties of Mangosteen

Trusting in medication has become difficult due to the many side-effects they have. For over 3,000 years, Chinese medicine based on herbal remedies and eating foods to help balance the body, has been used. In recent, years a fruit from Malaysia has been making headlines. This fruit is just as old as a remedy for many medical conditions as many of the Chinese herbs.

To help you understand the anti-viral properties of this fruit, Mangosteen, there are two studies of importance. Furthermore, you will need a general understanding of what a virus is. Many people get confused between a virus and bacterial infection, which inhibits an understanding of what to do when you have a virus born cold or flu.

A virus is a cell that will replicate inside a living host. The virus is able to produce thousands of identical copies in a short time frame. Viruses can be spread in numerous ways, such as insect bites, from per to person, and through coughing and sneezing. Rotavirus is a gastroenteritis virus. It is transferred via fecal matter or oral transmission. For example, human to human contact, food or water can contain the rotavirus. HIV is a virus.

Virus infections trigger your body to have an immune response to fit the virus. Immune responses can also be triggered by vaccines, which are created by researchers and scientists in biology labs. Antibiotics are designed to fight bacterial infections, so they do not have an effect on a virus. There are antiviral drugs being created, but they are typically created for specific virus strains and do not always work on a mutated strain of a virus.

One important study that has shown a promise in treating HIV-1, was conducted by Chen, Loh, and Wan. Their study was published in Planta Med in 1996. The study used Garcina Mangostana L. or the Mangosteen fruit and its rind. Using ethanol to extract anti-viral properties the researchers conducted a study in the inhibitory qualities of the compound against HIV-1 protease. The result was an inhibition of HIV-1 protease. Protease is an enzyme. It is known to breakdown peptides and proteins, meaning it can breakdown cells that contain protein affecting amino acid bonds your body needs to be healthy.

A second study was conducted by Burke, Graff, Hardy, and Jutila and published in 2006. This study examined natural products suspected of helping the immune system fight viruses. Among the 280 natural products studied was Mangosteen in the alpha-mangostin form. The study involved the rotavirus. It was discovered that alpha-mangostin could stop the replication of a virus at certain stages, thus working at a natural anti-viral “medicine.”

Researchers are not yet ready to say conclusively that Mangosteen, when eaten, drank as a juice or taken in pill form can help with all viruses. However, it has stopped HIV-1 and the replication of rotavirus in test subjects.

If you add Mangosteen juice to your diet, you may be able to lower your risk of catching a virus or at least help your immune system eradicate the virus more quickly. You may wish to try Mangosteen juice the next time you have a virus infection.

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