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Compound From Olive-Pomace Oil Inhibits HIV Spread

July 17, 2007 | 4,705 views
It’s widely known that olive oil is good for your health, but olive skins appear to hold beneficial qualities of their own. A compound in the wax from olive skin -- maslinic acid -- has been found to inhibit the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

Maslinic acid works by inhibiting serin-protease, the enzyme used by HIV to release itself from the infected cell and thereby spread into the whole body.

Scientists from the University of Granada in Madrid found that the compound, which is extracted from dry olive-pomace oil in olive oil mills, can slow down the spreading of AIDS in the body by 80 percent.

Nature is certainly full of powerful, potential cures (not to mention preventative methods) for a host of diseases.

In the case of HIV and AIDS, though, it is essential to keep your immune system strong because the virus attacks your immune system. Avoiding grains and sugars is one of the primary ways to do this, as sugar immediately decreases the functioning of your immune system.

Following a healthy diet is also of utmost important for anyone battling HIV (or any other chronic illness, for that matter).

It may surprise you to learn that the most common cause of death among HIV-positive patients is liver failure, caused by taking toxic drugs. If this topic is of interest to you, you may want to watch this short video warning about HIV treatments and testing.

Science Daily July 11, 2007

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