Tobacco is known widely as the main ingredient for cigarettes that is really dangerous for its nicotine. Undeniably, nicotine is really poisonous mainly when it is being inhaled continuously. It can be simply and fast to enter the brain once someone is smoking and it can cause the death when the level is more than 30 mg. Meanwhile, each stick of cigarette has around 0.1-1.2 mg of nicotine. From that amount, the level of nicotine that enters the blood vessel is only 25% but this can just easily reach the brain in only 15 seconds. Well, based on that fact, it is not something exaggerated if people may need to avoid smoking for the sake of their own health. Fortunately, there are actually some other substances that are beneficial enough for your body like the Saponine, Flavonoid, Alkaloid, Polyphenol, and it has anti-inflammation characteristic. Here are then some benefits of tobacco despite the danger.
Tobacco produces the anti-cancer protein that is advantageous enough. Protein is basically made by the DNA in our body. When we insert the DNA into tobacco through bacteria, this plant is able to produce protein just like the DNA inserted. When the tobacco is cultivated, we can just find the protein in the form of liquid. The protein can be used to cure the cancer patients. The research is still done at this point so that it can be really used as the large-scale medication for cancer in the future.
Medication for Diabetes
Tobacco that has been modified genetically is able to form the anti-diabetic substance as well as the antibody. The research was published in the journal of BMC Biotechnology on March, 2010.
It has been mentioned before that tobacco has a certain good characteristics; it is as the anti-inflammation. There was a research that included some health and research organizations in Europe with a project namely “Pharma-Planta”. They developed a sort of transgenic tobacco that was able to produce interleukin-10. Interleukin-10 is an anti-inflammation cytokine that is really effective and potential since it can stimulate the immune cells to be more active. A certain genetic code was planted inside the tobacco so that this plant can produce the protein more. The way it works is the same with the anti-cancer. The research was used by using some mouses as the object and it was proven as effective.
Medication for HIV/ AIDS
With the similar way, tobacco can also produce the protein for the AIDS medication. As you know, AIDS is caused by a virus namely human immunodeficiency or HIV. HIV infects the immune system of human so that the patients are getting weaker and weaker once they are already infected. The difference of this protein production compared two other proteins mentioned before is that it uses the virus of tobacco, not the tobacco itself.
Medication for Outer Wounds
For the outer wounds, you can use around 25 grams of tobacco that has been washed and mashed up until it is really smooth. Then, it is squeezed. The liquid from the squeezing can be smeared to the wound to make it dry faster.