Viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites are all around us. Actually, they are inside of us too. Some medical researchers estimate that over 300 TRILLION viral particles are inside each one of us. 30 TRILLION bacteria too.
The purpose of the immune system is not to destroy all of these co-inhabitants of our body. For these guys have a role in keeping us healthy. The purpose of the immune system is to keep them all in balance.
Balance starts with a healthy lifestyle–organic food, plenty of sunshine and between 7 and 9 hours of sleep. Stay away from chemicals and see your chiropractor to get adjusted.
Certain nutrients can keep the immune system in balance while warding off attack from a virus or bacteria looking to disturb the balance.
I have highlighted a top 12 list of nutrients that are evidence-based from the medical literature AND what we have used successfully in our office.
The following is our top 12 suggestions for immune support. Feel free to try one or try them all. Each suggestion has plenty of literature proving efficacy.
Silver has been used for thousands of years to heal wounds. Evidence suggests that silver is active against herpes virus, parainfluenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Silver used to be in the soil and therefore in our food and also in our water. Now it is not as farmers are not going to pay to add silver to the soil.
The products we use are from Argentyn silver. There is no “other” company for silver. You can trust that I have done the research or just head over to their website for further information.
We always have silver on-hand in case of emergencies. We use it orally and use the silver gel topically. Dosing and directions are VERY clear on the bottle. For acute viral infections, 1 tsp 7x per day is the dosing. Make sure to hold under your tongue for one minute.
NAC is short for n-acetyl cysteine. This nutrient helps boost glutathione and limits the lung and intestinal damage done from a virus. After all, glutathione is the body’s main anti-oxidant. Cranking up levels is always a good thing. 1 cap of our Glutathione Boost 2x per day for acute needs and 1 cap daily for long-term support.
Berberine is a plant molecule from Asia. Cultures there have used it for just about every malady you can think of. I use Berbe for just about every cardiology need. But studies show berberine is very effective against viruses. Studies confirm it is effective against the influenza virus. We suggest 1 cap 2x per day of Berbe for acute immune support needs.
Caprylic acid is a supernutrient found in coconuts. I LOVE eating coconuts, coconut oil and coconut flakes. But the concentrated form is very medicinal and combats viruses, bacteria and fungi. We use Caprin 1 cap 2x per day for acute immune support.
For centuries, people have recognized the antiviral and antibacterial properties of garlic. We LOVE to cook with garlic and add it raw to our salad dressing recipes. But concentrated garlic is proven to have antimicrobial properties. As with other products on this list, Garlic Force is 1 cap 2x per day for acute immune support and once daily for long-term immune support.
This is the most obvious and well-known on the list. Just about everyone (except conventional MDs recognize the value of vitamin C for immune support. The evidence is voluminous for this vitamin and we have used it IV and orally in our office successfully for years. We have two options for you: tablet and powder. Either way, aim for about 4 grams orally per day.
Stomach acid is there for a reason—to kill pathogens like bad bacteria, parasites and viruses. People who take acid blocker drugs are at particularly high risk of pneumonia. We NEED stomach acid. In fact, most of us don’t make enough. That is why we need to supplement, especially as we try to prevent viral pathogens from making our body their home. The standard dose of DIGEST is 2 capsules with each meal, especially for acute immune support or while travelling. ANYTIME you eat out, TAKE the Digest with you.
This 14 page review article discusses the evidence and the benefits of zinc for viral prevention. You can find zinc inside our MULTIvitamin and Daily Defense, but extra zinc never hurts when trying to stop a virus dead in its tracks. 1 cap per day is all you need for acute immune support.
Oregano smells strong and works strong. We add it to so many recipes at home. Fresh oregano and spice oregano are great, but supplemental ADP is amazing for antiviral and immune boosting activity. We use 1 tab 2x per day of ADP for acute support. Great for travel as well in case of diarrhea.
Vitamin A is approved for measles death prevention by the World Health Organization. If it works for measles virus, it will work for any virus. We suggest high dose of Liquid A for a couple days in the face of a virus.
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