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Superfoods that Battle the Herpes Virus
Herpes outbreaks can be embarrassing, not to mention uncomfortable
and painful. And sometimes, prescription medication doesn't fend
off the flare ups. But with some consideration and creativity, we
can add superfoods to our diet that will help our body fight off
the herpes virus.
Cranberries may help to fight infection by the herpes virus, one of
the most common viral infections in humans, according to recent
research. Cranberries are already known to prevent urinary tract
infections by reducing the power of certain E. coli bacteria to
stick to the urinary tract walls, and recent studies suggest that
cranberries also significantly suppressed herpes type 2 by
preventing the virus to attach to and penetrate the walls. HSV-2 or
herpes simplex infection causes cold sores and genital herpes.
Broccoli fights cancer, heart disease and other serious conditions.
It's high in vitamin C, which helps strengthen the immune system.
Broccoli may also inhibit the herpes simplex virus from
Kelp is a stellar, nutrient-dense sea vegetable that can also help
eliminate herpes outbreaks. It is also known as Laminaria and it
works as a blood purifier.
Other superfoods that can help strengthen the body's immune system
to fight the herpes simplex virus are those that are high in
vitamins B, C, and E, as well as lysine, an amino acid. Fish, bean
sprouts, fruits, vegetables, and whole grain complex carbohydrates
are all great sources for these. Try to avoid refined sugars,
stimulants like caffeine, alcohol, excessive sun exposure, and
smoking, as these all have the ability to deplete energy stores
which can in turn compromise your immunity and your ability to fend
off infections. Stress is a major cause for herpes outbreaks, so do
whatever possible to minimize stress in your life - get plenty of
sleep, take time out to relax, and get plenty of fresh air and