Powerful natural molecules can effectively neutralize respiratory viruses
Studies conducted in our laboratory and at leading universities have identified powerful natural molecules that can defend us against most common respiratory infections. New, state of the art biotechnological processes allow us to make these molecules into unique and powerful products.
Applied Bio’s first product, VaayuTM, strengthens the respiratory system’s natural defenses. It selectively, effectively, and naturally prevents and treats illnesses caused by several common airborne pathogens and allergens without damaging the respiratory system in the process and without disrupting the microbiome.
VaayuTM was formulated with the understanding that nature has already armed the human body with uniquely powerful defenses against most pathogens and that the health of the respiratory system is crucial in guarding and combating against many common airborne viruses.
Respiratory infections are among the most common communicable diseases. Seemingly innocuous ailments, such as the common cold or mild influenza, can lead to potentially life threatening bronchitis, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or asthma, in addition to being a serious economic burden with far‑reaching public health ramifications.
In the United States, the common cold leads to 75–100 million physician visits annually and costs ~$7.7 billion/year. Americans spend $2.9 billion on over‑the‑counter medicines and another $400 million on prescription medicines for symptom relief on the common cold alone. More than one‑third of those prescriptions are for antibiotics, which have implications for antibiotic resistance, one of the most pressing public health concerns.
In addition to the common cold and flu, new, more deadly forms of some respiratory viruses, such as influenza (e.g., bird flu or swine flu) and coronavirus (e.g., Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome [SARS], or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome [MERS]), regularly come about. They can cause worldwide epidemics within weeks. Currently available drugs, vaccines, and anti‑viral technology cannot stop many viruses, and may not prevent epidemics in a timely manner.
Most respiratory viruses and allergens enter through the mouth and the nose as they spread rapidly via aerosol droplets that range from <1 um to a few millimeters in diameter. The smaller pathogens (<10 um) can be in the air for hours, potentially infecting thousands of people. These aerosols can spread through coughing, sneezing, or even normal respiration and the viruses in them can remain infectious for hours as they spread across rooms. Once the infectious droplets are inhaled or ingested they will infect the host and multiply unless they are kept in check by natural defenses. There are many factors that can negatively affect our natural defenses:
- Air quality: Being indoors for long periods of time, especially in crowded conditions, can overwhelm our natural respiratory defenses, as can air travel and public transportation.
- Nutrition: Nutritional deficiencies can impact our respiratory system and our immune system by lowering levels of key molecules.
- Hydration: Our respiratory defenses are weaker when we are dehydrated.
- Age: Older individuals produce less key protective molecules and have drier mucous membranes, making them more susceptible to infection.
- Common activities: Our eating, sleeping, and exercise patterns affect our hormones, which in turn affect our natural defenses.
- Prescription medications: Common medications, including birth control and diabetes medications, can weaken our respiratory defenses, making us more susceptible to infection.
- Certain physical conditions such as deviated septum, postnatal drip, sinusitis, etc., can affect one’s respiratory membranes and natural defenses.