Cistus incanus goes in, virus comes out
Cistus incanus, the Mediterranean plant that improves cholesterol levels and moderates the activity of free radicals, also has an antiviral effect. For once, we're not basing this statement on experiments with viruses in petri dishes or experiments with rodents...
We hear you think. "Please don't. Please don't post another one about a supplement that might be able to inhibit viruses! Like the rest of the world, I'm fed up with viruses."
Of course we, the industrious compilers of this free web magazine, fully understand this point of view. We ourselves would rather go back to the old ergo normal. But because we take into account the possibility that the corona misery will have an unexpected, and perhaps even extremely unpleasant tail, we will continue on the antiviral path for a while.
You never know if it will help someone in the future.
In 2009, German researchers published a human study in Antiviral Research, in which 160 subjects aged 7-81 years with a cold - actually: an infection of the upper respiratory tract - participated.
The researchers used tests to determine which virus or bacteria was causing the symptoms. They then divided the subjects into two equally sized groups.
The subjects in the experimental group consumed 2 lozenges containing an extract of Cistus incanus 6 times a day for a week. The researchers used a product from the German Dr. Pandalis Urheimische Medizin GmbH containing the standardized extract Cystus052. Each lozenge provides 18 milligrams of polyphenols.
On the basis of questionnaires, which the subjects filled out daily, the researchers scored the subjects' symptoms. In both groups, these scores decreased during the week of the study, but the decrease was significantly more rapid in the experimental group.
In the figure above you can see the decrease in symptoms again broken down by type of pathogen. The cistus extract works better in the subjects with a viral infection than in the subjects with a bacterium.
The polyphenols in Cistus incanus are mainly polymers: complex molecules with phenolic acid or flavonoid groups. These polymers may well be more active than single phenolic acids or flavonoids, the researchers suspect.
Antiviral Res. 2009 Dec;84(3):267-71.
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