A "vaccine"against malaria from Africa: ARTAVOL®Pierre Lutgen
Membre de FAEC
Luxembourg, Novembre 3, 2012
Since 5 years ago a group of scientists at the Ministry of Health of Uganda was working on plant extracts which might have a prophylactic effect against malaria. Since 12 months ago a product is available in the pharmacies of Uganda. The product has been released after clinical and community trials over 3 years which have demonstrated that if taken regularly during one year it renders a person immune against malaria. It also reduced the asymptomatic malaria cases in an adult population by 60%.
The product called ARTAVOL® is composed of ground kernels of avocado, extracts of lemon grass and extracts of dried artemisia herb which does not contain artemisinin. Major ingredients are coumarins, sterols and triterpenes, flavonoids, lemonol and citral derivatives. It is sold in tins of 100 gr and has the appearance of Nescafé granules. ARTAVOL® consumed as a beverage or as functional food helps in prevention of malaria, frequent fevers, worm infestation and also provides the body with antioxidants. It tastes best in milk but can also be added to porridge, hot water or food.
In malaria prevention, effective protection is cumulative and becomes fully manifest from 8th week of consumption although this can be achieved faster if taken every day. The worm killing effects occur within 24 hours and antioxidant effects are cumulative. Studies in laboratory rats and humans indicated the product works by blocking parasite multiplication in the body and stimulating white blood cells especially monocytes and lymphocytes. Monocytes then remove young malaria parasites from the blood before they mature to cause disease.