Vitamin D3, zinc, and Xlear nasal spray with grapefruit seed extract and xylitol are three things I use to protect my health during the pandemic. Each one works to block the receptor site for the coronavirus spike.
https://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2020/6/lactoferrin-protects-against-viruses. What about having a layer of protection that is not explicitly structured to the spike of SARS-CoV-2, but also gives a person enhanced immunity and safety from a wide range of viruses?
Lactoferrin is a potent antiviral agent (bioactive peptide) that has tested well in animal, preclinical and clinical (human) studies. The beauty of this antiviral agent is that it attacks viruses at several stages of their lifecycle.
Lactoferrin can be produced in our bodies and is available in pill form. Clinically, lactoferrin is a single-chain glycoprotein, a sub-fraction of whey protein.
https://researchfeatures.com/how-viruses-invade-exploit-healthy-cells/. Viruses must infect a host cell to reproduce and grow. Bacterial and fungi are enormous compared to the size of a viral molecule. A virus consists of genetic material and proteins.
It wanders through the body looking for a home – a place specifically able to support the virus. For the COVID-19 virus, the ACE2 (angiotensin-converting enzyme 2) receptor is the home. ACE2 receptors are found throughout the body. The coronavirus injects itself into the cell and takes over the cellular operation to produce new copies of the virus to be passed on to other cells.
https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-49/lactoferrin. In addition to its antiviral properties, lactoferrin stimulates the immune system, prevents age-related damage to cells, promotes a healthy gut environment, regulates iron metabolism, and more. Some doctors recommend lactoferrin for the treatment of diarrhea.
Clinical studies have proven lactoferrin’s potency in treating the common cold and seasonal influenza as well as herpes simplex virus, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B, hepatitis C, cytomegalovirus (CMV), poliovirus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), hantavirus, dengue virus, enteroviruses, echovirus, coxsackieviruses, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and more.
It is a true powerhouse in the antiviral world. How does it provide a wide range of protection? Two ways to stop a virus is to block the virus’s landing location or bind to the virus in a way that makes it impossible for the virus to find the landing home. Lactoferrin works both ways.
The First Line of Defense
https://www.scientistlive.com/content/lactoferrin-first-line-defence-bodys-immune-system. Our immune system is our first line of defense against foreign invaders (viruses, bacteria, and fungi).
Lactoferrin activates natural killer cells that increase the immune response and limits the spread of an infection or disease.
Interferons are also activated by lactoferrin. Cells can communicate with each other through interferons. When a virus is nearby, interferons can alert the home front that the enemy is at the gate. The cells have warnings and can activate their antiviral protections.
Lactoferrin is powerful in many ways. It is never too late to get the Reserves up to the front to fight the battle in many cases. The severity or spread of a disease can be altered with lactoferrin.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7390755/ shows the initial evaluation of lactoferrin and COVID-19.
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