Shoyu may help HIV patients

By Clayton Wakida, KITV Digital Media Manager, KITV Digital Media Manager
Published On: May 08 2014 06:57:51 AM HST
Updated On: May 09 2014 03:36:31 PM HST

Soy sauce, or shoyu, could soon be helping patients with HIV, according to researchers.

HONOLULU -

Shoyu, or soy sauce, may soon be helping HIV patients.

Ten years ago, researchers noticed that a molecule used to enhance the flavor of shoyu, which is called EFdA, had a striking resemblance to HIV medication.

Now, virologists at the University of Missouri have confirmed that the molecule is up to 10 times more effective than those typical drugs.

It could serve as a next generation treatment to stop HIV from spreading in the body because it's less quickly broken down by the body and drops the virus lead to undetectable levels.

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