Finding the cure for the common cold has become a bit like the quest for the Holy Grail. In other words, the stuff of mythology. Yet scientists believe they are one step closer to that elusive “Eureka” moment, and it’s all to do with the common cod.
Besides from eating them, your average Joe has never given too much thought to the common cod. As a fish on a dish, it’s pretty unbeatable, but now there’s another fine reason to love the cod, because potentially, these scaly wonders of the deep have the ability to stop the sniffles, sneezes, and runny noses that have plagued mankind since the beginning of time, dead in their tracks. And the reason why is enzymes.
The Daily Mail reports that according to scientists, a unique enzyme found in the Arctic species of cod boasts the ability to trap the cold virus before giving it its marching orders.
The unique enzyme called trypsin is found in the pancreas of deep-sea cod. It has since been adapted into a mouth spray which in clinical trials effectively reduced the spread of virus by 99 percent. In other words, it’s a cure, Sherlock!
Here’s the science part. By forming an invisible barrier in the mouth and throat, the spray works by preventing the cold virus latching on to human cells and multiplying. It was also demonstrated that the spray, called Enzymatica, halved the average number of days people with an existing cold would suffer from symptoms.
The development of Enzymatica has apparently been five years in the making, and head of research and development, Dr Mats Clarsund, believes, “it is pretty revolutionary.”
“The common cold is a virus which binds to the mucus membranes of the nose, mouth and eyes. It is taken up by human cells and multiplies.
“Once someone is infected, the virus moves to the throat area, where the first symptoms are a sore throat around 20 hours after the virus takes hold. The spray works because the enzyme forms a temporary, invisible barrier on the membranes preventing the virus being taken up.
“The enzyme doesn’t kill the virus, it effectively disarms it because it stops it being taken up with human cells, so the cold and its symptoms can’t progress.”
What do you think? Are the scientists really on to something, or does it all smell a little bit fishy to you?