CCMB-incubated Hyderabad startup supplement claims to boost immunity against Covid-19

CCMB-incubated Hyderabad startup supplement claims to boost immunity against Covid-19

  • October 22, 2020

A startup incubated at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad has developed ‘CoronAid’ a novel nutraceutical claimed to boost immunity against Covid-19.

The food supplement is made from a mushroom type, Cordyceps militaris, which grows in the Himalayan region and is known for immune boosting and anti-oxidant components.

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Clone Deals, a start-up incubated at the Atal Incubation Centre-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (AIC-CCMB), has collaborated with another Hyderabad-based company, Ambrosia Food Company, to develop a combination of the mushroom powder with curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, to make CoronAid Anti-Viral Immunity Booster Oral Suspension, a statement from CCMB said on Thursday.

Cordycepin in the mushroom powder is known to prevent the formation of new DNA and RNA strands.

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Clone Deals has collaborated with scientists from CCMB to establish the potency of cordycepin in stopping the growth of the Covid-19-causing coronavirus in a cell-culture system. The studies show that cordycepin inhibits the multiplication of coronavirus.

Clone Deals has expertise in large-scale production of the mushroom in a controlled environment for its medicinal use. Currently, the team has obtained the FSSAI approval for marketing and submitted proposals to the government of India for conducting clinical trials at three All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Nagpur, Navi Mumbai and Bhopal, to establish the safety of their formulation, the CCMB said.

With satisfactory results of the clinical trials, the product is expected to be available from December 2020 in most cities and towns, adding considerable protection against the virus.

“We are delighted to  support a start-up focused on developing indigenous natural products and adding value by establishing its scientific basis,”   Dr Rakesh Mishra, director CCMB said.

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Clone Deals launches ‘CoronAid’ to boost immunity against COVID-19

  • October 22, 2020
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Signs You Might Have a Weakened Immune System

Signs You Might Have a Weakened Immune System

  • October 22, 2020

There’s a lot of talk going around about immune system health. But do you really know how your immune system is doing?

A healthy immune system can help you fight illness when you become infected with a harmful bacteria or virus. It might make battling certain illnesses easier or make it so you don’t even notice a symptom.

Certain warning signs can indicate a weakened immune system. Here are a few of them:

High Stress: Long-term stress may weaken the immune system by lowering lymphocyte levels. Lymphocytes are white blood cells your immune system uses to fight infections.

Always Fighting a Cold: It’s normal to go through 2 or 3 bouts of the cold per year. But if you’re getting them more frequently, and they are hanging around for more than 10 days, it’s a sign your immune system lacks strength.

Regular Indigestion: Frequent diarrhea, gas, or constipation could also be a sign of a compromised immune system. Studies are indicating roughly 70 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive tract. Digestive troubles could indicate a low level of healthy, beneficial bacteria, which may boost infection and inflammation risk.

Skin Wounds Stick Around: Little cuts, scrapes, or burns can also shed some light on immune strength. Your immune system is what causes these wounds to heal, so if they take an extended period to repair, your immune system isn’t functioning ideally.

Getting Sick Often: If you experience ear infections, pneumonia, bacterial sinusitis, or take more than two courses of antibiotics per year, it can indicate issues with immune health.

Fatigue: If you’re sleeping well but still feel fatigued, it could mean your immune system is working hard.

All of these could be signs of a weakened immune system. If you’re experiencing any of them, it is worth talking to your doctor.

You can also attempt natural immune-strengthening lifestyle measures such as:

  • Eating a balanced, nutrient-rich diet
  • Getting adequate sleep
  • Enjoying regular exercise
  • Washing your hands
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Managing your stress

Devon Andre holds a bachelor’s degree in forensic science from the University of Windsor in Canada and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Andre is a journalist for BelMarraHealthwhich first published this article.

Four key tips to boost immunity. Defend yourself from the...

Four key tips to boost immunity. Defend yourself from the…

  • October 21, 2020

CThere are still no fully effective drugs or vaccines to protect us from the new coronavirus, somehow combatit depends on each person’s responsiveness to Covid-19, as explained in a report by BBC News Brasil.

For this very reason, having strong immunity is essential to prevent and fight the virus, as well as for the recovery of the patient.

According to several experts, in an interview with BBC, there are four pillars of “good immunity”, namely: eating healthy eating, sleeping enough hours, exercising regularly and avoiding and reducing stress levels.

Understand how immunity is affected

Ana Caetano Faria, full professor of Immunology Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and specialist from the Brazilian Society of Immunologyexplains that when we sleep insufficient hours, eat unhealthy food, are sedentary and live in constant stress and anxiety, our system immune suffers the consequences.

“All of these pillars are important, but I emphasize the need to sleep well. It is during sleep that we have the largest production of defense cells by the marrow. bone. Studies show that sleeping less than five hours a night increases the risk of developing respiratory infections, such as colds and flu, by four times. ” BBC.

However, when we exercise – without exaggeration – the body releases hormones that contribute to the regulation of the immune system. When controlling stress, the body refrains from producing substânces that harm you. And the consumption of a balanced diet, provides the necessary energy for the great functioning of our defenses, explains the teacher.

After all, what is a balanced diet?

A BBC News Brasil interviewed nutritionist Julia Branches, who explained that “there is no food or vitamin to fight the new coronavirus. But obviously, when the system immune this active and healthy, will help fight the combat-the”.

Follow the expert’s tips:

1. Prepare colorful dishes

Branches recommends eating about ten servings of 80 grams a day, seven of vegetables and three of fruit, of different colors.

“Every color of food reflects the kind of micronutrients that has. I challenge my patients to put at least five colors on the plate “.

Regarding the micronutrients, the nutritionist places special emphasis on zinc and selenium.

“Zinc is found in red meats and chicken liver. Also in oysters”.

However, the selenium it is present in nuts and wheat flour.

Branches it also advises to eat smaller amounts of simple carbohydrates, such as white rice, white bread and cakes and to give priority to complex carbohydrates, that is, the integral versions of these foods.

2. Don’t forget “vitamins antioxidants

According to the nutritionist, vitamins A, C, D and E are extremely important – again, abundant especially in vegetables and fruits.

3. Take care of the intestine

A microbiota intestinal affects immunity as such Branches reinforces the importncia eating fiber-rich foods, such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

4. Reduce the consume of alcohol and salt

“THE alcohol and excess salt can be harmful to the immune system. Its consumption must be done in moderation “, warns the nutritionist.

According to a study by the Medical School of the University of Massachusetts, in the United States, the excessive consumption of alcohol impairs the body’s ability to fight viral infections, especially the respiratory system.

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Nature’s bounty to boost immunity at a Greater Noida village

Nature’s bounty to boost immunity at a Greater Noida village

  • October 21, 2020

A look at 10 medicinal plants known to enhance immunity and strengthen brain power

The human body is a complex and mysterious mechanism of nature: The most intriguing facet is its ability to fight potentially dangerous pathogens.

In the world’s fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, experts have hailed strong immunity as a key pillar of protection against the virus.

For centuries, mankind has relied on herbal plants to treat medical conditions and boost immunity in natural ways. Plants have been the main components of various traditional medicinal systems such as Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Chinese, and so forth.

These herbs enhance the body’s immunity by stimulating activity of phagocytes that fight disease-causing pathogens. The World Health Organization has estimated that about 80 per cent of the population in developing countries depends on traditional medicines for primary healthcare.

Uttar Pradesh has 272 vascular plant species belonging to 203 genera under 69 plant families, which include rich diversity of wild medicinal plants, according to a survey undertaken in 2014-17 in Chithara village panchayat, including the Shiv Nadar University campus in Greater Noida. 

At least 96 per cent species were known to have marginal-to-outstanding medicinal properties and uses in traditional medicines.

Among these, 10 species — Abrusprecatorius L; Artemisia scoparia Waldst & Kitam; Azadirachtaindica A Juss; Boerhaviadiffusa L; Cardaminehirsuta L; Clerodendrumphlomidis Lf; Phyllanthus tenellus Roxb; Physalis peruviana L; Portulaca oleracea L; and Withaniasomnifera (L) Dunal — were found to be significant as they possess medicinal properties to enhance immunity.

Explained below are the medicinal properties of 10 valuable plants in Chithara known to boost natural immunity:

Abrusprecatorius (Indian liquorice, Ratti) (Family: Leguminosae): The bright red ovoid seeds with a black spot weigh 1/10th of a gram, and were hence used as weighing unit called ‘Ratti’ in ancient India by goldsmiths. Its seeds are said to have immune-modulating properties.

Artemisia scoparia (Redstem Wormwood) (Family: Asteraceae): In addition to their excellent clinical anti-malarial properties due to the presence of artemisinin, these plants possess potent anti-inflammatory properties and help regulate both innate and adaptive immunity.

Azadirachtaindica (Neem) (Family: Meliaceae): It is a well-known tree used in various systems of traditional medicine since time immemorial. In Sanskrit, it is known as Arishtha, which means ‘reliever of sicknesses’.

Neem bark is known to have strong immunostimulant Neem oil has been shown to possess activity by selectively activating cell-mediated immune mechanisms.

Boerhaviadiffusa (Punarnava) (Family: Nyctaginaceae): In Ayurveda, Punarnava is included in the category of rasayana herbs that possess anti-aging properties. It helps prevent diseases.

This means they increase resistance by providing hepatoprotection (ability of a substance to prevent damage to the liver) and immune-modulation.

Cardaminehirsuta (Hairy Bitter Cress) (Family: Brassicaceae): The plants contain vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, beta carotene, antioxidants and sulfur-containing compounds that boost immunity.

Clerodendrumphlomidis (Sage Glory Bower, Arni, Agnimantha) (Family: Lamiaceae):  It is an essential medicinal plant that is also mentioned in texts since the Vedic period. It is known to boost the immune system, purify blood and cure urinary tract infection. The decoction made from the whole plant is useful in improving strength and immunity following a bout of fever or other ailments.

Phyllanthus tenellus (Mascarene Island leaf-flower) (Family: Phyllanthaceae): It is an annual herb commonly found near wetlands, ditches, wet places, edges of drains and disturbed places. It is known for immune-modulatory properties.

Physalis peruviana (Cape Gooseberry, Rasbhari) (Family: Solanaceae): It is used in traditional folk medicines as an immunomodulatory drug. It is rich in vitamin C and helps enhance body immunity.

Portulaca oleracea (Purslane) (Family: Portulacaceae): Purslane has been used in folk medicine since ancient times and is included in the World Health Organization’s list of most widely used medicinal plants.

The leaves of the plant are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is important in preventing heart attacks and strengthening the immune system.

Withaniasomnifera (Indian Winter Cherry, Indian Ginseng, Aswagandha) (Family: Solanaceae): Ashwagandha is an important ancient herb and has been used in indigenous medical system for over 3,000 years.

It is considered to be one of the best rejuvenating agents in Ayurveda that helps to maintain proper nourishment of the tissues. It possesses antioxidant, mind-boosting and immune-enhancing properties.

All medicinal plants recorded in Chithara village are being conserved in medicinal plants garden in a unique Shiv Nadar University Thematic Botanic Garden. At least 11 theme gardens, such as fruit plants garden, spice and condiment plants garden, palm garden, bamboo garden, etc, have been established.

Health: Boost Your Immunity: The natural way (10/21/20)

Health: Boost Your Immunity: The natural way (10/21/20)

  • October 21, 2020

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

As we approach flu season this winter in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important now more than ever to ensure you are doing all you can to keep your body healthy.

Becky Brown, co-owner of Natural Health Organic Foods in Cape Girardeau, lives out a holistic approach to health.

“It’s an all-around approach that includes getting rest, reducing stress, getting plenty of exercise, eating a diet rich in whole foods, watching sugar intake and having a supplement system that supports the immune system,” Brown says.

Although Brown is clear this is not a prescription to treat any specific diagnosis, here are three tips she recommends for those who want to boost their immune health:

1. Eat good-quality, whole foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats to help the body maintain health. Citrus fruits such as oranges, kiwis and strawberries provide Vitamin C that boosts the immune system. Mushrooms, eggs and salmon provide good sources of Vitamin D; nuts, beans and whole grains are rich in zinc. When working toward immune system health, these are three good vitamins and minerals with which to fuel your body.

2. Limit intake of processed foods and sugar. Some studies have shown consuming processed sugar negatively affects the way the white blood cells attack bacteria. According to board-certified internist and gastroenterologist Niket Sonpal in the Huffpost article “Eating Sugar Can Weaken Your Immune System. Here’s What to Know.,” eating 75 to 100 grams of sugar — the equivalent of two cans of soda — can suppress the immune system for up to five hours after it is consumed.

3. Take supplements as necessary. The typical American diet doesn’t offer the vitamin and mineral profile it once did. Fill in any nutrient gaps in your diet by implementing a supplement system to ensure your body is receiving everything it needs to help you stay healthy.

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Why you can’t escape the flu and COVID-19 just by ‘boosting’ your immunity

  • October 20, 2020

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“Even the effectiveness of multivitamins is disputable because they contain a lot of things you don’t actually need,” Lager says. “If you need to supplement something because you aren’t getting it in your diet, then take the actual supplement you need rather than a multivitamin.”

Taking excessive amounts of vitamins and minerals can also be pointless and sometimes harmful.

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“Vitamin C deficiency in North America is extremely rare and because it’s water soluble, taking excessive amounts of it just means it will be excreted in your urine,” Cross says. “While Zinc has shown to have some beneficial properties, taking too much of it will cause deficiencies in other trace minerals, so you should really only be doing that based on a doctor’s recommendation.”

The one exception to the rule is vitamin D, where deficiencies in this protein are linked to an increased risk of infection. The problem is, not many foods are rich in vitamin D, which means taking this supplement is recommended — at the appropriate dose, of course.

Cross also says she takes an omega-3 supplement because she doesn’t get enough of it in her daily diet.

“Remember that if there was one supplement that truly optimized your immune system, then it wouldn’t be available only via multi-level marketing or in health food stores — it would be properly regulated,” Langer says.

At the end of the day, living a healthy lifestyle — a balanced diet, exercise and lots of sleep — is what will give you the best chance of keeping the flu and other illnesses at bay.

Looking for optimal immunity? Symbiotics can help

Looking for optimal immunity? Symbiotics can help

  • October 19, 2020

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We all want the healthiest immune systems possible, perhaps never more so than this year. 

A commonly circulated statistic says that 70 per cent of our immune system is in our gut. But what does that really mean and what can we do to help?

“The human microbiome is home to millions and millions of microbes,” says Whitney Douglas, Director of Sales at Living Alchemy. “The balance of these microbes has a huge impact on our immune system, from the production of special immune cells to reducing inflammation throughout the entire body. These microbes are communicating with your immune system all the time and are the epicentre of your wellbeing.”

While we’ve all heard of probiotics—often referred to as good bacteria—your gut needs more than these to thrive. This is where the larger, umbrella category of symbiotics comes in. Symbiotics are fermented, whole food living cultures that provide everything needed to support the gut environment. 

They include a diverse range of beneficial microbes, prebiotics, digestive enzymes and a long list of other key nutrients, all of which support your entire microbiome and immune system. Symbiotics ensure a diversity of beneficial bacteria, digestive nutrients and short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs).

“We need to really nourish our entire ecosystem every day,” she says. 

Douglas considers symbiotics advanced microbiome support because they cover all aspects of supporting the gut. They reduce inflammation, feed and sustain your existing gut ecology and keep the digestive lining healthy and resilient.

Symbiotics have also been said to help with energy, hormones, immune support, ageing, joint health, and overall wellbeing.

An upcoming free webinar, Immunity Starts in the Gut, promises to shed even more light on the topic. Anyone who is interested in keeping their immune system strong and balanced this year will want to sign up. On October 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., Living Alchemy’s certified Holistic Nutritionist, Irene Pauline will offer a host of tips and lifestyle ideas to help you achieve optimal gut health; you’ll also get great supplement and nutrition advice to help keep every member of your family in top form this fall and winter.

“Living Alchemy products are well-loved by our customers and we receive amazing testimonials on a daily basis,” says Shonna Saari, owner and operator of The Country Way. “It’s so rewarding to stand behind a product line that you love and to hear how it is impacting the people who invest in them month after month in such a positive way.” 

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Learn more about how to boost your immunity, plus how to eliminate:

  • Gas and bloating
  • Digestive pain and irregularity
  • Lack of energy
  • Brain fogginess
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The Usage Of Too Many Immunity Boosters May Turn Out To Be Harmful, Say Doctors

The Usage Of Too Many Immunity Boosters May Turn Out To Be Harmful, Say Doctors

  • October 19, 2020

Like the famous saying “too much of anything is good for nothing” goes, it turns out that the usage of too many immunity boosters may also turn out to be harmful for our bodies.


Immunity refers to our bodies’ ability to provide resistance or protection against diseases and infections caused by pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other harmful microorganisms. 

Therefore, immunity boosters are foods, fruits, vegetables, or even artificially designed supplements that help us increase this ability to fight against illnesses. All the parts of our body that help us fight against diseases and help improve our immunity are collectively named as the immune system.


Our immune system functions in a way that it can detect harmful bacteria and viruses that enter our body. These cells are also known as antigens which attack these viruses or bacteria by producing antibodies.

Antibodies are blood proteins which are produced in response to and counteracting a specific antigen. They combine chemically with substances which the body recognizes as alien, such as bacteria, viruses, and foreign substances in the blood. 


 After the havoc Covid-19 has caused, people have resorted to homemade homemade herbal and immunity boosting concoctions. Their sales increased by a huge margin with the outbreak of Covid-19. 

However, medical experts have warned against taking these dietary supplements in excess. Dr Raghu Ram, a noted cancer specialist says:

Such products are being taken in an overdrive. It is important that the patients reveal the details of these supplements in case they are undergoing any treatment or scheduled for a surgery. 

Similarly, Dr Rahuraj Hegde, an eye plastic surgeon said:

Yesterday my patient on the operating table bled buckets. He wasn’t on blood thinners. After surgery he told me he was taking a herbal concoction of ginger, garlic, turmeric and asafoetida thrice daily to prevent Covid.

A more effective alternative to boost immunity instead of relying entirely on immunity boosters is exercising or intense physical activity. Exercise results in cellular damage and induces an immune response, which floods sites of damage with immune cells. 


A lot of studies indicate that moderate exercise of less than 60 minutes can improve the circulation of anti-inflammatory cytokines, neutrophils, natural killer cells, T cells and B cells.

Your gut will benefit from a weekly intake of 30 different varieties of fruit, veg, herbs and spices

Susannah Taylor: The secrets of immunity

  • October 17, 2020
Your gut will benefit from a weekly intake of 30 different varieties of fruit, veg, herbs and spices

Your gut will benefit from a weekly intake of 30 different varieties of fruit, veg, herbs and spices

I don’t know about you, but when lockdown began, I was flooded with messages on how to avoid catching Covid-19 – from ‘Drink water every 15 minutes as the virus can’t survive in your stomach’ to (my favourite) ‘Blast your mouth and throat with a hair dryer to kill the virus’. 

Of course, this all turned out to be rubbish. It is this kind of pseudoscience that frustrates immunologist Dr Jenna Macciochi PHD, author of Immunity: The Science of Staying Well. On a mission to educate us in our fight against illness, I asked her what we can do that is proven to work to help stay well this winter.

First up, don’t even try to ‘boost’ your immune system. 

It’s a myth that we can, says Jenna, or even should: ‘You don’t want your body to have an extreme response as it could make you very ill.’ Instead, she stresses, ‘what you should aim for is a balanced immune system’.

Get moving! 

Exercise and avoiding being sedentary for long spells are key to our wellbeing as our lymphatic system (which carries infection-fighting white blood cells) needs our movement to work. ‘Even a lunchtime walk is important,’ says Jenna. However, use common sense, she adds, as overexercising and not eating enough fuel may put your immune system at risk.

Maintain your muscle mass. 

Muscle is immunologically active tissue, says Jenna, but as we age it shrinks, which can affect our immune system. To maintain or even build muscle the key is to do resistance work as well as regular cardio exercise.

Pop vitamin D3 daily. 

Forget what the wellbeing brands say, you don’t need a daily cocktail of vitamins. However, vitamin D3, ‘which helps our first line of defence to kick in’, is vital, especially in the UK where we don’t get much sunlight, our primary source of D3.

As for vitamin C… 

Chances are you’re getting enough of this goodie since it is in so many foods. However, Jenna says: ‘Evidence suggests that if you take it when you first start feeling ill, it can cut the length of an infection.’ A note to over-zealous pill-poppers: ‘If you’re not deficient in a vitamin, taking extra won’t make any difference.’

Say yes to oily fish. 

Why? ‘Because eating at least two portions of oily fish a week or taking an omega-3 supplement will help resolve inflammation and regulate the immune response.’

Drink enough water. 

‘This will help your lymphatic fluid be the right consistency and keep the mucous lining of our eyes and nose moist for trapping pathogens [viruses].’

Cut back on booze. 

And not just because of hangovers! Alcohol isn’t good for our immune system. ‘It can damage the flora in our gut and reduce our ability to produce immune cells,’ says Jenna.

Be good to your gut. 

‘This is the most important point of all as its microbiome produces metabolites, which go into our bloodstream and regulate our immune system.’ To ensure it can do its job, eat a variety of plant foods – around 30 a week. Think fruit and veg, plus herbs, spices, nuts and seeds.

Use your superpower: sleep!

‘At night our bodies produce immune cells and melatonin, which is anti-inflammatory,’ says Jenna, so getting enough zzzs is vital to ward off illness. ‘In fact, a bad night’s sleep can cut immunity by 65 per cent, making us more prone to infection.’

Destress to stay well. 

‘Despite what many think, stress isn’t just psychological,’ says Jenna. ‘It can cause neurotransmitters to switch off our immune systems, leaving us open to infection.’

LIVE TONIGHT on 18 October at 6pm: catch Susannah interviewing Dr Jenna Macciochi about immunity and staying well. Go to and click on stories. @susannahtaylor_

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