Can you discuss the concept of a lectin blocker supplement?Is it a vaid concept or sales hype?...bladderwack,N-Acetyl glucosamine,okra powder,D mannose,fucose.
In my opinion the concept is sales hype. First of all there are different lectins that would require different blockers. And if somehow they were able to block all lectins then this would also block the beneficial lectins. Lectins do have beneficial properties as well including preventing overgrowth of pathogenic bowel bacteria and inhibition of viruses. For example, a lectin in bananas has been found to bind and inactivate HIV.
Research is being done to see if selective lectin inhibitors can be used to treat some diseases. But blocking all lectins, good and bad, will simply lead to other problems. Just like how we have good and bad prostaglandins. Yet nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) generally inhibit prostaglandins without specification. So they inhibit the good prostaglandins as well as bad prostaglandins leading to problems such as heart attack, stroke, kidney and liver failure, tinnitus, peptic ulcers, etc.
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