Did You Know…that geranium extract shows promise as a possible anti-AIDS agent?
Is it possible that root extracts from a common plant could help in the fight against AIDS? The answer may be yes, according to scientists at Hemholtz Zentrum Munchen (Germany), an institute known for discovering innovative new therapies for common and deadly diseases. Their research revealed that root extracts of the geranium plant seem to inactivate the HIV-1 virus. Turning off the HIV-1 virus prevents healthy cells from contracting infection and keeps the virus from spreading.
3 Decades of HIV
The World Health Organization estimates that more than 350 million people worldwide are infected with HIV. Immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) is the most common form of HIV, with the much more rare HIV-2 type concentrated primarily in West Africa. HIV-1 progresses into full-blown AIDS, which claims the life of 1 in 10 individuals worldwide. Researchers have been diligently searching for a cure for over 3 decades. Some progress has been made toward managing symptoms and prolonging the lives of HIV victims… but a cure has not been found.
Geranium Extract Suppresses HIV-1
The HIV virus spreads by attaching to and infecting host cells. Results of the study showed that geranium extract keeps the virus from binding to blood and immune cells, thereby inhibiting virus replication. The Germans have used geranium to treat bronchitis for years, and it’s a staple for the Tarahumara tribe that lives deep in the jungles of Mexico. The Tarahumara are a native society untouched by the diseases that plague modern man. Geranium extract is one of the natural remedies that offers them protection against diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
The study authors concluded: “Based on our data and its excellent safety profile, we propose that [geranium plant] extract represents a lead candidate for the development of a scientifically validated herbal medicine for anti-HIV-1 therapy with a mode-of-action different from and complementary to current single-molecule drugs.”
Testing in HIV-1-infected individuals is the next step in determining just how effectively geranium extract suppresses HIV-1.
Derived from the Pelargonium sidoides plant, geranium extract contains powerful proanthocyanidins, healing nutrients that are antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory in nature. Just 15 drops of geranium extract can help:
Strengthen the immune system