After my monster post on EBV, I have been doing a lot more research on it and what helps strengthen the immune system, especially anti-viral supplements. You can read my post here for a few ideas on how to combat this insidious illness.
Like I had mentioned in that post, I had been told I had active EBV about 6 years ago, but nothing was ever done to address it back then. (Thanks, doc. UGH) So now I just want to do anything I can to make sure that bugger stays dormant. I have a few great tips for getting some more anti-viral foods and supplements into your life.
My Number one Choice for EBV
Monolaurin is the number one recommendation I am going to make. The more I read about it, the more I cannot fathom why it isn’t more popular. Monolaurin is formed from lauric acid, which is a key component in breast milk as well as coconut. Considering that people were urged to formula feed for decades, as well as avoid high fat foods like coconut it is no wonder that people have been missing out on this critical nutrient. The anti-microbial properties of monolaurin were first recognized in 1966 so it is not a new piece of knowledge.
Monolaurin is possibly the answer for helping manage the antibiotic resistance we have going on. It is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, and anti-fungal. Coconut oil and other coconut products are about 50% lauric acid, but there is no way to know how much is converted into monolaurin in the body. Coconut products can help immensely but taking an actual monolaurin supplement is the best way to get the full healing benefits.
The bacteria that monolaurin can tackle includes:
The viruses that monolaurin can treat include:
- Human immunodeficiency virus HIV-1, HIV+
- Measles virus
- Herpes simplex virus-1
- Herpes simplex virus-2
- Herpes viridae (all)
- Human lymphotropic viruses (type 1)
- Vesicular stomatitis virus
- Visna virus
- Epstein-Barr virus
- Influenza virus
- Sarcoma virus
- Syncytial virus
- Rubeola virus
Dosage of monolaurin can vary for people. Even 2.4 grams a day can be enough to lighten the viral load for someone. (Source). Lauricidin is a brand name of the most popular monolaurin out there so you can read more about it on their website. They recommend 1 teaspoon (3000mg) 2-3 times a day, but you have to worked up very slowly to avoid a harsh healing reaction.Or you can start slow with just capsules so you can gauge your reaction.
Other tips for anti-viral support
Anti-Viral Tea! One of my Mavens told me about masala tea, AKA chai, and most of the recipes call for some awesome anti-viral herbs. I found this recipe and made a modified version of it with what I had on hand.
Here is my Recipe:
Boil 4 cups of filtered water with 2 or more tea bags of your choice (I used green tea ginger, but black tea is the traditional method). Add a teaspoon of whole cloves, one whole star anise, a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of ginger (ground or fresh). I boiled everything for ten minutes, then took it off the heat and let it sit for another ten minutes. I strained all of the spices and tea bags, then added 2 tablespoons of organic brown sugar (you could use raw honey as well), then I added in a cup of whole grass-fed milk (you could use almond or coconut, but please don’t use store bought- it’s not real!)
If you love chai, this is DELICIOUS. I drank a whole quart of it yesterday, and I could drink this all day. All of those spices have anti-viral/parasitic/bacterial properties.