Viruses are nasty. They infect healthy cells and use their hosts to replicate. Influenza (the "flu") kills thousands of people every year.
Having a healthy immune system is key to defeat them!
Read more below about how to naturally protect yourself and others from viruses.
Many foods support our immune system such as onion, garlic and ginger, plus colourful fruits and vegetables. A healthy immune
system is our first line of defence against all invading organisms.
Here is a list of generally helpful anti-viral plants. If essential oils of these plants are used it is essential that one select a manufacturer that supplies pure, therapeutic-grade oils, such
as Young Living. Want to know more? Just ask.
Plants/oils: Clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus radiata, hyssop, Idaho tansy, manuka (honey), melaleuca, melissa, mountain savory, myrrh, oregano, ravensara and sage.
What to avoid: Refined sugars! Junk food. White flour (white bread, pasta). Alcohol apart from a little red wine.
Genetically modified foods (GMO's).
There are natural ways to fight viruses. This one may be the most powerful against the current Ebola
Mannose-binding lectins in the form of cytokines and chemokines were found in much higher concentrations in the blood of those who survived an earlier Ebola outbreak in Africa. These survivors
also had better immune function and less inflammation in their bodies.
Mannose-binding lectins help the immune system break down viral cells such as Ebola but other viruses such as HIV, Hepatitis C, HCV, coronaviruses and SARS, plus other organisms such as fungi, bacteria and even parasites. The protective coating of all these organisms (called glycoprotein shells) can be broken down by this specific lectin, destroying them and then affording the body immunity to further attacks.
What plants contain these mannose-binding lectins? Garlic, leek leaves, onion, shallot, taro*, and especially
red algae. All of these are helpful for the immune system, but especially are good at keeping viruses at bay.
Is there a guarantee of immunity if one consumes such foods? No. Especially since this strain of Ebola is much more virulent than any previous strain. Avoiding foods that damage our immune system
(see above), getting enough sleep, regular exercise, fresh air and all the other suggestions on this website are extremely important mounting a defense against all illnesses, but especially
viruses such as Ebola.
*Note about taro: it must be prepared properly through soaking, cooking, and eaten with a good source of calcium.