Saracin health benefit
February 1 2017

Saracin, a seed integument lectin from Saraca indica is highly specific for binding N-acetyl-neuraminyl-N-acetyllactosamine.

As of 2016, no human studies with saracin could be found and therefore it is difficult to say which medical conditions this substance could be used for.

Saracin and immune system
Saracin: A lectin from Saraca indica seed integument induces apoptosis in human T-lymphocytes.
Arch Biochem Biophys 1999. Department of Experimental Medicine and Biotechnology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India.
Sarasin lectin has been found to be mitogenic for human lymphocytes. Treatment with saracin induces secretion of IL-2 in a culture of resting human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Saracin has a higher affinity for the CD8(+) than CD4(+) T cells. Saracin seems to be an interesting immunomodulator for the mammalian immune system.