Dramatic research showing, yet again, the power of seaweed and its key extract, fucoidan. This study speaks about the incredibly deadly Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV-1). It speaks to fucoidan's ability to inhibit the actual binding of enveloped viruses, specifically, HIV-1. According to the research, " ... all natural fucoidans can be considered as potential anti-HIV agents ... ".
Even more amazing, is that it highlights one of our seaweed species in our Infinimin®product, saccharina japonica (also know as laminaria japonica).
The authors conclude the research by stating, "The investigated fucoidans suppressed transduction of Jurkat cells by pseudo-HIV-1 particles that contain envelope protein HIV-1 regardless to structure of carbohydrate backbone. The data obtained allows us to consider all investigated natural high molecular weight fucoidans as potential anti-HIV agents, because their efficiency against lentiviral transduction was demonstrated at low concentrations (0.001–0.05 µg/mL)."
Excellent research study performed by our Russian colleagues in Molecular Biology. We look forward to seeing more like it in the future!!
1. "Fucoidan as potential inhibitors of HIV-1". Prokofjeva, et. al. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23966033/