Sea Vegetables as Anti-Viral Agents

Date:2011-02-18

Doctor Drum indicates several elements in sea veggies that make plausible their traditional use as antivirals. Fucoidan, has not only shown to have anti-cancer benefits but has also been shown to interfere with every stage of viral attack: cell attachment, cell penetration, and viral intracellular penetration.

Doctor Drum also notes that certain polysaccharides or glycoproteins from red seaweeds (dulse and laver are red seaweeds) have been successfully used in treating genital herpes and Herpes Zosters also known as shingles. He also notes in the seaweed literature that carrageenan derivatives have expressed strong antiviral activity.

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