(PRWEB) January 2, 2006
Elderberries have long been known as a folk remedy for upper respiratory infections. Researchers have previously noted that elderberry extracts are effective against the flu.
Dr. Glenn Knox, a Clinical Professor at the University of Florida, theorizes that elderberries are effective due to a specific substance present in the elderberry plant. This substance, termed SNA-I, is a protein that has been shown to bind to the influenza virus. SNA-I binds to a specific site on the influenza virus which is termed neuraminidase. Dr. Knox theorizes that when SNA-I binds to the neuraminidase, the influenza virus is unable to infect cells in the body. Dr. Knox has patented this protein in the form of a nasal/throat spray. Knox notes, "further research on the properties of SNA-I is needed to determine how useful it is in the treatment of influenza. The possibility that SNA-I may offer a therapy for influenza is very exciting."
According to Knox, "Herbal medicine is entering a new era, where scientists are actually determining the mechanism of action of these plants, some of which have been used for centuries."
For more information, please contact Knox at 904-292-9777.
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