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One off the most important substances our bodies produce to fight disease is a type of protein called a “mannose-binding lectin”.
As the Journal of Infectious Diseases notes:
Circulating mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is a first-line host defense against a wide range of viral and other pathogens.
MBL preferentially recognizes glycosylated viruses including influenza virus, human immunodeficiency virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronovirus (SARS-CoV), Ebola virus, and Marburg virus. It also recognizes many glycosylated gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.
Due to genetics, different people produce different amounts of MBL:
As a result of common genetic variants, MBL serum levels in humans range from 0 to 10,000 ng/mL. Thirty percent of the human population has levels <500 ng/mL, which are associated with increased susceptibility to infections in children and immunocompromised individuals.
MBLs are not only produced by our own bodies, but also by certain plants and algae.
Certain types of blue-green and red algae contain MBLs:
- The blue-green algae Scytonema varium produces an MBL called scytovirin, which exhibits a powerful ability to fight Ebola. And see this
- The blue-green algae Nostoc ellipsosporum produces an MBL called Cyanovirin-N which inhibits Ebola. And see this, this, and this
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