Flu Can’t Stick With Xylitol

5-carbon molecule makes your cavities slippery for bacteria

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Even if bacteria sneak into your body, they cannot stick around. I mean literally “stick” around. Microbial adhesion is the first step for colonization or infection. Xylitol makes the terrain of your body way too slippery for disease-causing viruses, bacteria, and fungi to stick around and grow.

No matter whether we’re looking at bacteria, fungi, or viruses, these invasive organisms need to be able to adhere to the body’s terrain, that is, your tissues, in order to populate and form larger colonies called biofilms.

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Researchers have discovered that xylitol, a five-carbon sugar (unlike sucrose and fructose, which have six carbon atoms) can prevent the ability of some tough hombres that cause flu and other respiratory diseases to adhere to the body’s tissues.

Medical science has known for decades that xylitol, derived from the birth tree, is an effective cavity fighter and works by being indigestible to cavity-causing bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans, starving their numbers.

In an experimental study, xylitol “reduced the adherence significantly” adherence of Haemophilus influenzae and Moraxella catarrhalis, viruses that cause diseases of the respiratory system, middle ear, eye, central nervous system, and joints—especially when both tissues and bacteria came into contact with the sugar.

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Though we don’t know yet if xylitol prevents adherence of the actual influenza virus, a study from PLoS One shows that, combined with red ginseng (RG), xylitol offers significant firepower against flu symptoms. Scientists found a “protective effect of dietary xylitol on influenza A infection [(H1N1)].”

Survival against H1NI was “markedly enhanced when xylitol was administered along with RGs, pointing to a synergistic effect. The effect of xylitol plus RG fractions increased with increasing dose of xylitol. Moreover, dietary xylitol along with the RG water soluble fraction significantly reduced lung virus titers after infection. Therefore, we suggest that dietary xylitol is effective in ameliorating influenza-induced symptoms when it is administered with RG fractions, and this protective effect of xylitol should be considered in relation to other diseases.”

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Human respiratory syncytial virus (hRSV) is the most common cause of bronchiolitis and pneumonia in infants. The effect of dietary xylitol on hRSV infection was investigated experimentally with a 14-day viral challenge. “Significantly larger reductions” in the virus were found in the xylitol group. “These results indicate that dietary xylitol can ameliorate hRSV infections and reduce inflammation-associated immune responses to hRSV infection.”

Easy To Use

Xylitol is quite easy to use. I recommend xylitol-based chewing gum or mints and that baking be done with xylitol as a sugar. In addition, I’m a big proponent of washing one’s nose and sinuses daily with a xylitol-based spray. These are available at most major drug stores and online sites.

Gustavo Ferrer, MD FCCP, is a pulmonologist trained both in Cuba and the US, founder of the Cleveland Clinic Florida Cough Clinic, and author of Cough Cures: The Best Natural Remedies and Over-the-Counter Drugs for Acute and Chronic Cough (Moxie Life Press, April 2016)

Referencei Kontiokari T, Uhari M, Koskela M.Antiadhesive effects of xylitol on otopathogenic bacteria.J Antimicrob Chemother. 1998 May;41(5):563-5.

ii Yin SY, Kim HJ, Kim HJ. Protective effect of dietary xylitol on influenza A virus infection. PLoS One. 2014 Jan 2;9(1):e84633. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084633. eCollection 2014.

iii Xu ML, Wi GR, Kim HJ, Kim HJ.Ameliorating Effect of Dietary Xylitol on Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus (hRSV) Infection.Biol Pharm Bull. 2016;39(4):540-6. doi: 10.1248/bpb.b15-00773.
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