• Study: Geranium Extract Inhibits HIV-1

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    Natural Health News — Extracts from a member of the geranium plant, Pelargonium sidoides, have been shown to inactivate human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and prevent the virus from invading human cells.

    Ina laboratory study, published online in  PLOS ONE, German scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München report that these the plant extract could represent a potential new class of anti-HIV-1 agents for the treatment of AIDS.

    The scientists performed a detailed investigation of the effects of P. sidoides extract on HIV-1 infection of cultured cells. They demonstrated that the extracts protect blood and immune cells from infection by HIV-1, the most widespread type of HIV.

    Results showed that the extract prevented the virus particles from attaching to host cells, thus effectively prevent the virus from invading cells.

    Further analysis showed that it was the antioxidant polyphenols in the plant extract that was responsible for the effect.

    A valuable addition to HIV treatments

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