TERRY’S BOTTOM LINE:
Shingles, respiratory infections, and seasonal flu viruses
are difficult to treat conventionally, and share a common characteristic—a
compromised immune system.
Fortunately, there are powerful, natural ingredients that
can bolster your defenses, and help prevent or reverse these viral conditions.
Together, they will:
• Reduce the
severity of shingles and rebuild immune defenses
• Stop flu viruses
and respiratory infections from taking hold
• Help prevent the
recurrence of shingles
• Help you feel
better faster—without side effects
The pain of shingles, the harsh cough and sore throat of
respiratory infections, and the body aches and runny noses of seasonal viruses
all have one thing in common: a compromised immune system. They are also
difficult to treat conventionally, and can take a long time to release their
The good news is there are powerful, natural ingredients
that can help you avoid these troublesome problems. Best yet, at higher dosages
for a limited duration – about 1 or 2 days – they can actually reverse viral
illnesses and put you on the path to natural healing.
Nature’s Immune Booster – Elderberry:
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is probably one of
my favorite immune-boosting botanical ingredients. It is one of the best, most
clinically studied herbs for fighting colds and the flu.
Elderberry (and other antiviral nutrients) disrupts viruses
and restores the body’s ability to fight them off without the side effects or
drug resistance that you see from prescription medications. And there’s no
doubt that elderberry is powerful. It has been found effective against 13
different pathogens, including Streptococcus pyogenes and Escherichia coli.
Elderberry extract has been shown to be especially effective when combined with
vitamin C and zinc.
When it comes to elderberry, I prefer freeze-drying for the
best extracts. Freeze-drying removes the water content without damaging the
beneficial compounds in the berry. Freeze-dried extracts retain the highest
levels of antioxidants, anthocyanins, and other components and have the longest
shelf life of any drying process.
Vitamins Are Vital For Our Defenses
Vitamin A is critical to our ability to fight
off infections. For example, patients who were treated with vitamin A following
surgery saw an increase in lymphocytes—the white blood cells that police our
system when we are most vulnerable to infection. Even if you are not deficient
in vitamin A, supplementing with this vitamin provides an immune system boost.
Retinyl acetate is the form of vitamin A you need to kill viruses. While other
forms such as beta carotene are useful, to stop colds or flus, look for retinyl
Vitamin C is probably one of the best known
immune boosters. Taken as a preventative nutrient, it may reduce the incidence
of colds by as much as 50 percent! Beyond colds and flus, vitamin C appears to
have a natural antihistamine effect and alleviates allergy and other
Vitamin D is a must for the immune system. If
you live in a northern climate, chances are good that you are vitamin D
deficient. Even if you spend time outdoors in the summer, when your body’s
chances of synthesizing vitamin D from sun exposure are the greatest, you could
still have low D levels. Because vitamin D is responsible for so many health
factors, those deficient in this nutrient are more likely to have colds, flus,
and respiratory ailments. In fact, a long-term British study found that
increased vitamin D3 corresponded with a reduced risk of infection.
While vitamin E is a common ingredient in most multivitamin
formulations, you need the full value of vitamin E as d-alpha mixed tocopherols
– alpha, beta, delta, and gamma the way they are found in food. It is commonly
thought of as a “strong antioxidant” for fighting colds, but vitamin E also has
cell-protecting abilities that may extend to keeping nerve cells healthy – an
especially important factor for anyone suffering from shingles.
Minerals Make a Difference
Minerals are often in short supply in our diets. Because
much of our soil has been drained of mineral value, it is critical to the
immune system – and every system – that we get minerals that absorb well and
work well together. In fact, without minerals, vitamins can’t work properly so
they are a crucial component to fighting viruses and bacteria.
Magnesium helps keep the bronchial system
running smoothly—an important consideration for anyone suffering from acute
Calcium lactate, along with magnesium, helps
cells stay strong to resist viruses and suppresses viral growth. The two
minerals also fight other virus-caused irritations, including fever blisters.
Zinc is an important mineral for keeping the
immune system running smoothly. In one study, zinc reduced cold symptom
duration by 42 percent when taken on the first day of symptoms. Zinc is a
required nutrient for T-lymphocyte (white blood cell) activity. It helps our
body’s natural “guards” keep out potentially dangerous invaders, including
bacterial and viral infections.
Selenium, another mineral that our immune system
needs in greater amounts when it is in distress, has been shown to be an
excellent “partner nutrient” with zinc.
Reversing Shingles Quickly
Shingles are notoriously difficult to treat. They are caused
by a “flaring up” of the same virus that causes chicken pox, often times
several decades after the original bout of chicken pox. The virus causes
patches of painful blisters on the skin that can appear on the face, along the
chest or stomach, or on the arms and hands. It is not a short-term problem, and
can take weeks—even months—before the patches begin to clear. In the meantime,
the affected skin itches and burns, and other flu-like symptoms are common,
I absolutely recommend a combination of elderberry,
vitamins, and minerals for battling shingles. One person I knew had tried just
about everything to rid herself of this viral illness and nothing was
effective. When she came to me for advice, I recommended taking this
combination every waking hour for 2 to 3 days. This initial high dosage knocked
out her major skin symptoms. Then, she decreased her dosage to once per day to
keep the virus in check.
Keep Your Immune System Finely Tuned
In any viral attack, I recommend a heavy initial dosage to
quickly get your immune system back into balance. Consider doing that for the
first couple of days, and then work back to a lower dosage as you feel
healthier again. This combination is meant to be used every day, because your
immune system needs support throughout the year for you to stay healthy.
We all have busy schedules, and it can be too easy to ignore
your health until immune system problems come up. These amazing nutrients, used
daily, can help prevent that.
To help fight viruses, shingles, and respiratory
I recommend taking 300 mg of elderberry (Sambucus nigra),
along with bioflavonoids, vitamins (A, C, and D3), and minerals (calcium,
magnesium, and zinc) on a daily basis. If additional support is needed, you can
take these nutrients 3-6 times a day, for up to 7 days.