Fight virus with bananas, ginger, garlic, kiwi, pineapple, apples and oranges

Virus and bananas

A slightly altered form of a substance found in bananas could hold the potential to fight many viruses, according to new research from the University of Michigan Medical School and Life Sciences Institute, and other institutions. BanLec, short for banana lectin, was first found to have antiviral properties in 2010 – but also caused inflammation. After further research, the team has engineered the BanLec molecule slightly, cracking the “sugar code” that allows sugar molecules on the surface of cells to interact with lectins.

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Oct 23, 2015 – Now, bananas could provide a new weapon against viruses. … is being turned into a drug that may someday be used to fight viral infections.

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Jan 22, 2020 – The researchers believe it may have clinical use implications. “We were able to show that H84T blocks the ability of the influenza virus to fuse with …

Ginger and virus

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ginger, Zingiber officinale Roscoe, is a common spice and also a widely used medicinal plant in ancient China. Ginger is an ingredient of Ge-Gen-Tang (Kakkon-to; GGT). GGT has been proved to have antiviral activity against human respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV).Nov 1, 2012

Garlic and virus

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Oranges and virus

Fresh ginger (Zingiber officinale) has anti-viral activity … – NCBI

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Oct 22, 2015 – The new research focuses on a protein called banana lectin, or BanLec, that “reads” the sugars on the outside of both viruses and cells. Five …

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Oct 22, 2015 – And the process used to create the virusfighting form may help scientists develop even more drugs, by harnessing the ‘sugar code’ that our cells …


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Jul 13, 2017 – In this study, scientist seemed to have tackled that problem by engineering a new form that fights viruses without leading to irritation and also …

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Oct 23, 2015 – When these viruses are covered in lectin, they become harmless. Jonathan Ball, Professor of Molecular Virology at the University of Nottingham, …

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Oct 26, 2015 – Fighting the flu with specially designed bananas may be a way to treat viruses … Of Bananas: How Scientists Turned Bananas Into Virus Killers.

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Jan 22, 2020 – According to WHO and US CDC, more than 640,000 people worldwide died from the flu virus in the 2018 seasons. … D., professor of microbiology and immunology and their team have shown that an engineered compound based on a banana lectin, a protein called H84T, has real potential for clinical use against influenza.

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Oct 26, 2015 – Bananas contain a substance that, when changed slightly by scientists, shows promise to fight a wide range of viruses, including the flu.

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2 days ago – Hundreds Of Monkeys Fight Over Single Banana As Coronavirus Keeps … of monkeys fighting over a single banana in Thailand has emerged.


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Oct 22, 2015 – Now, scientists have created a new version of BanLec which can fight viruses in mice – but does not cause unwanted irritation and inflammation.

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Bananas: The New Flu-Fighting Fruit. Unpeeling the banana’s virus-busting ingredient. By Louis Boroditsky. 23/10/2015. image. Getty Images. Bananas are a …

1 day ago – Thailand: Monkeys Fight For A Banana After Coronavirus Affects … but visitors have plummeted because of the COVID-19 virus which is …

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Oct 22, 2015 – And the process used to create the virusfighting form may help scientists develop even more drugs, by harnessing the ‘sugar code’ that our cells …

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Jan 13, 2020 – Find out more about the nutrients that bananas provide and get tips on how to use them. … lectin, a protein that occurs in bananas, may help prevent leukemia cells from growing … People need to cook plantain before eating it.

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Oct 26, 2017 – Bananas are packed with nutrients and are good for your heart, your eyes, … Some studies have suggested that the lectins in green bananas could … while “plantain” refers to a starchier fruit that is often cooked before eating.

Cooked plantain bananas – 4 minutes in the microwave or boil with skin

Cooking bananas are banana cultivars in the genus Musa whose fruits are generally used in cooking. They may be eaten ripe or unripe and are generally starchy. Many cooking bananas are referred to as plantains or green bananas, although not all of them are true plantains. Wikipedia

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Aug 1, 2017 – This lectin is inactivated by cooking. If you use dry beans, take the necessary precaution of making sure they are thoroughly cooked – don’t eat ..

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per 

Calories 218
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.7 g 1%
Saturated fat 0.3 g 1%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 7 mg 0%
Potassium 893 mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 57 g 19%
Dietary fiber 4.1 g 16%
Sugar 27 g
Protein 2.3 g 4%
Vitamin A 40% Vitamin C 54%
Calcium 0% Iron 6%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 25%
Cobalamin 0% Magnesium 16%

Cayenne and virus

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Vitamin C and A for vision and to fight cancer and other invading organisms

guava car.JPGVitamin C (water soluble) and A (fat soluble) for vision and cancer fighting properties: both from colored fruits and veggies

Signs that you are low in Vitamin C and A is when your vision is weak and you get allergies and get tired or sick easily.

Eat Vit A (afternoon) together with good fatty foods and eat Vit C (morning) with water soluble foods. Vitamin C is important in the absorption of most minerals and nutrients in the body such as Calcium, magnesium, iron and others.

Ascorbic acid becomes widely distributed in body tissues with large concentrations found in the liver, leukocytes, platelets, glandular tissues, and the lens of the eye. In the plasma about 25% of the ascorbic acid is bound to proteins.   Ascorbic acid crosses the placenta; cord blood concentration are generally 2 to 4 times the concentration in maternal blood. Ascorbic acid is distributed into milk. In nursing mothers on a normal diet the milk contains 40 to 70 ug/mL of the vitamin.  Food Sources of Vitamin C ranked by mg of vitamin C per standard amount; also calories in the standard amount. (All provide ≥ 20% of RDA for adult men, which is 90 mg/day.)

Whole Food, Standard Amount Vitamin C (mg) Calories
Guava, raw, ½ cup 188 56
Red sweet pepper, raw, ½cup 142 20
Red sweet pepper, cooked, ½ cup   116 19
Kiwi fruit, 1 medium 70 46
Orange, raw, 1 medium 70 62
Orange juice, ¾ cup 61-93 79-84
Green pepper, sweet, raw, ½ cup 60   15
Green pepper, sweet, cooked, ½ cup 51   19
Grapefruit juice, ¾ cup 50-70 71-86
Vegetable juice cocktail, ¾ cup 50 34
Strawberries, raw, ½ cup 49 27
Brussels sprouts, cooked, ½ cup 48 28
Cantaloupe, ¼ medium 47 51
Papaya, raw, ¼ medium (strong enzyme) 47 30
Kohlrabi, cooked, ½ cup 45 24
Broccoli, raw, ½ cup 39 15
Edible pod peas, cooked, ½ cup 38 34
Broccoli, cooked, ½ cup 37 26
Sweet potato, canned, ½ cup 34   116
Tomato juice, ¾ cup 33 31
Cauliflower, cooked, ½ cup 28 17
Pineapple, raw, ½ cup 28 37
Kale, cooked, ½ cup 27 18
Mango, ½ cup 23 54

Vitamin A for growth and bone development

In humans, an exogenous source of vitamin A is required for growth (hormones and others) and bone development, vision, reproduction, and the integrity of mucosal and epithelial surfaces. In the retina, retinol is converted to the aldehyde, cis-retinal, which combines with opsin to form rhodopsin, and visual pigment. Vitamin A has been reported to act as a cofactor in various biochemical reactions including mucopolysaccharide synthesis, cholesterol synthesis, and hydroxysteroid metabolism.

Cholesterol synthesis happens during the night and so is Vitamin A. Women should especially sleep before 10pm to follow the normal body rhythm and hormone production. Cholesterol and Vitamin A are important in hormone production.

Vitamin A is essential for growth and bone development in children, for vision (particularly in dim light), and for integrity of mucosal and epithelial surfaces.

Vitamin A deficiency leads to xerophthalmia, Bitot’s spots, keratomalacia, night blindness (nyctalopia), hyperkeratosis of the skin, epithelial metaplasia of mucous membranes, and decreased resistance to infections. Administration of vitamin A completely reverses signs of vitamin deficiency unless keratomalacia has resulted in irreversible ocular damage.

Retinol inhibited the mutagenic activity of aflatoxin b1 when added to the Ames salmonella/mammalian microsome assay.

Concurrent use of vitamin E may facilitate absorption, hepatic storage, and utilization of vitamin A, and reduce toxicity; excessive doses may deplete vitamin A stores.

Concurrent use /of tetracycline/ with vitamin A 50,000 Units a day and higher has been reported to cause benign intracranial hypertension.

Vitamin A administration induces a high risk of intoxication in patients with chronic renal failure.

From epidemiological research it is argued that low vitamin A intake is associated with a higher incidence of cancer in different tissues.

Food Sources of Vitamin A ranked by micrograms Retinol Activity Equivalents (RAE) of vitamin A per standard amount; also calories in the standard amount. (All are ≥ 20% of RDA for adult men, which is 900 mg/day RAE.)

Food Sources

Whole Food, Standard Amount Vitamin A
(μg RAE)
Organ meats (liver, giblets), various, cooked, 3 oza 1490-9126 134-235
Carrot juice, ¾ cup 1692   71
Sweetpotato with peel, baked, 1 medium 1096 103
Pumpkin, canned, ½ cup (and yams are happy food) 953 42
Carrots, cooked from fresh, ½ cup 671 27
Spinach, cooked from frozen, ½ cup 573 30
Collards, cooked from frozen, ½ cup 489 31
Kale, cooked from frozen, ½ cup 478 20
Mixed vegetables, canned, ½ cup 474   40
Turnip greens, cooked from frozen, ½ cup 441 24
Instant cooked cereals, fortified, prepared, 1 packet 285-376 75-97
Various ready-to-eat cereals, with added vit. A, ~1 oz 180-376 100-117
Carrot, raw, 1 small 301 20
Beet greens, cooked, ½ cup (for hormonal balance) 276 19
Winter squash, cooked, ½ cup 268 38
Dandelion greens, cooked, ½ cup 260 18
Cantaloupe, raw, ¼ medium melon 233 46
Mustard greens, cooked, ½ cup 221 11
Pickled herring, 3 oz 219 222
Red sweet pepper, cooked, ½ cup 186 19
Chinese cabbage, cooked, ½ cup 180 10

Note: For those with thyroid problems, cooked your greens and most veggies.

Parsley, Natto, green tea and kiwi clean clogged arteries

PQQ can clean your clogged arteries.

pQQ PARSELY kiwi green tea green pepper papaya tofu

PQQ has been found in all plant foods analyzed to date. PQQ-rich foods include parsley, green peppers, kiwi fruit, papaya, fermented soybeans (Natto) and tofu. These foods contain about 2-3 mcg per 100 grams. Green tea provides about the same amount per 4 oz serving.

Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) has been reported as a promising agent that might contribute to tumor cell apoptosis and death, yet little is known on its mechanisms. In current study, the effect of PQQ on cell proliferation and mitochondrial-dependent apoptosis were examined in 3 solid tumor cell lines (A549, Neuro-2A and HCC-LM3). PQQ treatment at low to medium dosage exhibited potent anti-tumor activity on A549 and Neuro-2A cells, while had comparably minimal impact on the viabilities of 2 human normal cell lines (HRPTEpiC and HUVEC).

The apoptosis of the 3 tumor cell lines induced by PQQ were increased in a concentration-dependent manner, which might be attributed to the accumulation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), decline in ATP levels and dissipation of mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), in conjunction with down-regulation of Bcl-2 protein expression, up-regulation of activated caspase-3, and disturbed phosphorylated MAPK protein levels. PQQ induced tumor cells apoptosis was significantly alleviated by pan-caspase inhibitor Z-VAD-FMK. The present work highlights the potential capability of PQQ as an anti-tumor agent with low toxicity towards normal cells through activating mitochondrial-dependent apoptosis pathways, and warrants its development for cancer therapy.

Pyrroloquinoline Quinone Resists Denervation-Induced Skeletal Muscle Atrophy by Activating PGC-1α and Integrating Mitochondrial Electron Transport Chain Complexes

Pyrroloquinoline quinone stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis through cAMP response element-binding protein phosphorylation and increased PGC-1alpha expression.

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