Scientists were able to neutralize viper venom with serum from fruits and vegetables

(ORDO NEWS) — A substance found in fruits and vegetables can neutralize the venom of a venomous viper common in much of South America, Brazilian researchers have found.

The finding could complement standard antibotropic serum treatment, offering an emergency solution for bitten people in remote locations where immediate access to medical services is not possible.

In Brazil, Bothrops jararaca is responsible for most (approximately 26,000) reported snakebites in the country each year.

A study by the Butantan Institute in São Paulo and published in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology found that a modified version of the rutin compound, water-soluble succinyl-rutin, can delay the effect of a venomous bite.

The finding could complement standard antibotropic serum treatment, offering an emergency solution for those bitten in remote locations where prompt access to medical services is not possible.

Marcelo Santoro, who led the research, said the serum treats the main effects of a snakebite.

“Rutin does not replace serum, but delays the effects of poisoning by controlling bleeding and inflammation,” he said.

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