A Promising Ebola Treatment

This Substance Can Break Down Ebola’s Protective Shell … So Our Immune System Can Kill It

One off the most important substances our bodies produce to fight disease is a type of protein called a “mannose-binding lectin”.

As the Journal of Infectious Diseases notes:

Circulating mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is a first-line host defense against a wide range of viral and other pathogens.


MBL preferentially recognizes glycosylated viruses including influenza virus, human immunodeficiency virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronovirus (SARS-CoV), Ebola virus, and Marburg virus. It also recognizes many glycosylated gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.

Due to genetics, different people produce different amounts of MBL:

As a result of common genetic variants, MBL serum levels in humans range from 0 to 10,000 ng/mL. Thirty percent of the human population has levels <500 ng/mL, which are associated with increased susceptibility to infections in children and immunocompromised individuals.

MBLs are not only produced by our own bodies, but also by certain plants and algae.

MBLs have shown tremendous promise in fighting SARS, RSV, HIV, Hepatitis C, general immunodeficiency, and other diseases.

Including Ebola.

Specifically, it is well-documented that MBLs bind to the outside of the Ebola virus, breaking it down so that the body’s immune system can kill it.

Certain types of blue-green and red algae contain MBLs:

Numerous flowering plants contain MBLs. For example, a Scottish study showed that the common plants with the highest level of MBLs were lilies and Amaryllidaceae. Indeed, many higher plants contain MBLs which preferentially seek specific sugars.

Some foods contain MBLs, as well:

  • Bananas have an MBL called BanLec, which has been shown to attack viruses such as HIV
  • Lentils contain an MBL called LCH.  Several labs sell LCH on the web
  • Jerusalem Artichoke contains an MBL called Heltuba

So should we stuff our faces with algae, flowers, Jerusalem Artichoke, jack beans, bananas and rice?

Not so fast …

Some MBLs can be deadly … like ricin.  Consumption of food with high lectin content may lead to diarrhea, nausea, bloating or vomiting.

So MBLs aren’t a harmless silver bullet.

But with some further testing and tweaking, MBLs may end up being one of the most promising and quickest routes to treating Ebola.

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