Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cure for Ebola from Papua?

I just talked with a researcher from Papua that he maybe know the cure for ebola. He said that probably the cure for ebola come from insect. And he said that the insect is: ants. Ants saliva contains an antibiotic that believed can cure cancer and another diseases. One of the plant that store ants saliva is ant plants (Myrmecodia). Myrmecodia is a genus of epiphytic myrmecophytes (ant plants). Myrmecodia plants grow in tree branches and on trunks.

Myrmecodia, source:

From what I read, Active compounds that have been identified include:

  1. Alpha-tocopherol is a powerful antioxidant with IC50 with values ​​obtained 5,1ppm. This means that the concentration of antioxidants to inhibit free radicals by 50%.
  2. Tannins, which are astringent, bind and precipitate the excess protein in the body.
  3. Flavonoid glycosides, is one of the secondary metabolites that are useful for inhibiting cancer cell growth and anti-virus.
  4. Polyphenols, is as anti-microbial and lower blood sugar levels.
  5. Other active compounds such as calcium, natriun, potassium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, magnesium.
  6. Minerals, which improves cardiac impulse to break through the blockage in the blood vessels to the heart.
  7. Stigmasterol, plays a role in the cytotoxic mechanism.
  8. Inhibitors of histone deacetylase (HDAC), shown to inhibit tumor cell growth, and causes apoptotic cell death of cancer cells, and HDAC inhibitors cause transcriptional activation of several genes whose expression causes inhibition of tumor growth.

I don’t know much more about medicine, but I hope that it’s true and wait for further research.


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