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Study: Quercetin, a Gene-Eden-VIR Ingredient, Kills the Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

Quercetin, a Gene-Eden-VIR ingredient, is a natural CMV Remedy.

Human Cytomegalovirus or Human CMV (HCMV) is a herpes virus that infects 70-80% of the population of the western world. It can give rise to several diseases including pneumonia and retinitis. It is also known to cause congenital disorders. [1] It is a common opportunistic infection in immunocompromised individuals such as AIDS patients and organ transplant recipients. [2] Simply put, when you are infected this virus it causes various organ diseases, neural damages in fetuses and causes severe morbidity or eventual mortality in AIDS or organ transplant patients. [5]

The treatment of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is difficult because few therapeutic options are available. At present ganciclovir, foscarnet, and cidofovir have been approved for the treatment of HCMV infections. Although the treatment of HCMV infections with these drugs has produced clinical improvement in a large proportion of patients, the drugs suffer from poor oral bioavailability, low potency, the development of drug resistance in the clinic, and dose-limiting toxicities; and for treatments with some of these drugs, the patients need to be confined in a hospital.[1]

Recently, a study conducted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Tongli Hospital Affiliated with Tongfi Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China showed that Quercetin has a much higher anti-human cytomegalovirus (CMV) effect than ganciclovir. [3]

Quercetin is a plant-derived flavonoid found in fruits, vegetables, leaves and grains. It also may be used as an ingredient in supplements, beverages or foods. [4] The American Cancer Society says quercetin “has been promoted as being effective against a wide variety of diseases, including cancer.” [4]

Some foods rich in quercetin include green and black tea, capers, lovage, apples, onion, especially red onion, red grapes, citrus fruit, tomato, broccoli and other leafy green vegetables, and a number of berries, including raspberry, bog whortleberry, lingonberry, cranberry, chokeberry, sweet rowan, rowanberry, sea buckthorn berry, crowberry, and the fruit of the prickly pear cactus. A recent study found that organically grown tomatoes had 79% more quercetin than “conventionally grown”. [4]

polyDNA recommends a diet rich with the mentioned foods to get enough quercetin to prevent or if already infected, to counter the effects of HCMV. This may be easy to say but it can be difficult to get the necessary amounts of quercetin in a human diet.

polyDNA also recommends Gene-Eden-VIR, a natural anti-viral supplement that contains Quercetin along with 4 other natural ingredients that target latent viruses. The other 4 ingredients of Gene-Eden-VIR are Green Tea Extract, Licorice Extract, Cinnamon Extract, and Selenium.

For more information about Gene-Eden, visit the Gene-Eden-VIR website.


1. Effects of Human Cytomegalovirus Infection on Ligands for the Activating NKG2D Receptor of NK Cells: Up-Regulation of UL16-Binding Protein 1 (ULBP1) and ULBP2 Is Counteracted by the Viral UL16 Protein.

2. Imparative Study of the Anti-Human Cytomegalovirus Activities and Toxicities of a Tetrahydrofuran Phosphonate Analogue of Guanosine and Cidofovir.

3. An in vitro study of anti-human cytomegalovirus effect of Forsythia suspensa and its main active ingredient quercetin].

4. Wikipedia article on Quercetin.

5. Original Article Anti-human cytomegalovirus activity of constituents from Sasa albo – marginata (Kumazasa in Japan).

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