KELP fights viruses and bacteria

Preparations from Brown algae (Ascophyllum nodosum and Fucus) have a pronounced anti-viral and anti-bacterial action. They are effective against many viruses, in particular, against the herpes virus, virus encephalitis, swine flu H1N1 and human immunodeficiency.

Some types of fucoidan have been demonstrated to be effective against RNA and DNA of viruses, especially against Parainfluenza viruses - large group of RNA viruses that can cause infections of the respiratory tract with moderate symptoms.

The scientists believe that fucoidan can effectively prevent the penetration of viruses into cells by modifying the properties of the cell surface. Though perhaps this may be because of the direct interaction of polysaccharides to the viral envelope proteins or viral enzymes.

Among other things, the use of fucoidan is of interest due to their low cytotoxicity compared with other anti-viral drugs which are widely used in clinical medicine.

Many researchers believe that if fucoidan can enhance the effects of conventional therapy, it will open new prospects for reducing the use of drugs.

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