If you missed Part 1 of this series of How to Minimize your Chance of Being Infected I highly recommend you go back to read that first, as there is a lot of background information that can help you understand what I’m about to get into.
Today, February 28, 2020, the infections are around 82,000 across the globe, which has well surpassed SARS. New research findings suggests the reason to why COVID-19 is more likely than SARS to attach to human cells. It’s not just ACE-2 receptors [link to part 1] but also a furin protein receptor that is not found in SARS. The presence of the furin receptor provides a ‘“direct fusion” of the viral and cellular membranes. Compared to the Sars’ way of entry, this binding method is “100 to 1,000 times” as efficient, according to the study reported in the SCMP.
This furin protein is highly concentrated in the lungs and the respiratory tract, consequently making it efficient in infecting other cells. Though the COVID-19 shares about 80 percent of the genetic structure as SARS, this furin protein receptor is not found in SARS but rather shares this same protein receptor as in Ebola, measles, avian influenza and HIV cases. In fact, in the avian influenza virus passed to other chickens that have the furin transmission site made the virus more transmissible.
Furin contributes to the maturation of many diseases not just viruses but also bacterial infections, diabetes and even cancer. For this reason a lot of research has already been done on furin inhibitors to slow down these diseases and infections.
The million dollar question is : What can we do?
In 2010 at the University of Ottawa, three flavonoid were extracted from the traditional medicinal plant, Oroxylum Indicum that demonstrated furin inhibiting properties. These three flavonoids are : baicalein, chrysin and oroxylin.
- Baicalein is a flavonoid found abundantly in onions. Good thing I loooove onions!
- Chrysin is a flavonoid found in honey and propolis
- Oroxylin is a flavonoid found abundantly in the goldenroot herb
Other researched successful furin inhibitors are the amino acids, L-Arginine and L-Lysine which are found in protein rich sources, like nuts and seeds, meat and legumes.
We have carefully selected a research backed, Anti-Coronavirus Kit that includes immune boosting supplements along with antiviral products like propolis that can also provide an extra protection as a furin inhibitor.