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Nutraceuticals and Influenza, Influenza Treatments, Flu Treatments, Alternative Influenza Treatments, Alternative Flu Treatments, Jamaican Sorrel, Black Currant Berries, Manuka Honey, Bee Pollen
Influenza virus is a contagious respiratory pathogen that infects hundreds of thousands of people a year, making it a serious global health concern. The virus has a rapid mutation rate and has developed resistance to current antiviral agents, making it a difficult target for effective treatment. There is an increasing need to identify new treatments for Influenza. Recently, we have tested nutraceuticals as an effective alternative for blocking Influenza. We have tested Jamaican Sorrel, Black Currant Berries, and Manuka Honey paired with Bee Pollen for antiviral activity. We have demonstrated that these nutraceuticals block the 2009 Pandemic California Influenza strain between a concentration range of 1:8-1:16 dilution. Stock solutions of these nutraceuticals have been extracted with water to create a roughly 300 milliosmole solution. They are then neutralized with HEPES buffer, 1N HCl and1N NaOH.
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Teaupa, Siale, "Nutraceuticals: An Alternative Treatment for Influenza Virus" (2018). FHSS Mentored Research Conference. 339.
Physiology and Developmental Biology
495R-Advanced Undergraduate Research
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