An extract from the roots of the South African geranium plant can inactivate the most widespread type of HIV and prevent the deadly virus from attacking human cells, according to the latest research. -And.
Research shows that the root of a medicinal plant Pelargonium sidoides (PS) contains substances that attack HIV-1 particles and prevent the virus from multiplying. A team of scientists led by Dr. Markus Helfer and Professor Ruth Brack-Werner conducted a detailed study on the effect of PS extract on HIV infection in human cells. They have proven that the extract protects the blood and immune cells from HIV-1 infection, the most common type of HIV virus. They also found that PS extract manages to block the binding of the virus to host cells and thus successfully prevents the spread of disease. .
Chemical analysis has shown that this antiviral effect is caused by the presence of polyphenols. Polyphenols isolated from PS extract have high anti HIV activity and are also less toxic to the body than crude extract. “The effectiveness of this new discovery in medicine can be confirmed with certainty. in terms of action in relation to other previous anti-HIV drugs that are in clinical use “- said the leader of the research team Brack-Werner.
“This discovery as an alternative method will become a valuable addition to any known anti-HIV treatment in the future. The results of research to date show that PS extract is certainly a great success in the fight against HIV and that the next step is testing on infected people.” Said Brack-Werner.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 35 million people in the world are infected with HIV, and most with HIV-1 type. Without adequate treatment, HIV destroys the immune system and causes immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which is deadly in most cases. HIV / AIDS is one of the 10 leading causes of death worldwide.
This research and study was published in the journal PloS ONE.