Antioxidants are obtained through our food and through supplementation and they are able to slow down or prevent the oxidative damage to our bodies. Antioxidants enhance the immune system and lower the risk of serious infections. They bind together with the harmful molecules and reduce their destructive ability allowing for cell repair and healing. Infectious mononucleosis is also known as Mono. A compromised immune system is a fair game for the Epstein-Barr virus, a member of the herpes family of viruses. The symptoms of mono include fever, swollen lymph nodes, chronic fatigue, night sweats and loss of appetite.
Generally these symptoms abate after a few weeks. There is no commonly accepted medication protocol for mono other than rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, and pain killers. However, many people have benefitted greatly by including antioxidant supplements as part of the healing process. Not everyone experiences the same symptoms. Swollen glands, tiredness, and body aches are the most common. If you are exposed to mononucleosis and do not have immunity to it, then you could be infectious for several days before symptoms appear.
Once you get mono, you can be contagious for several months. In rare cases Mono can be contagious for years. Many people with mono are frustrated that there is no real treatment. The only course of action consists of treating symptoms. Taking the natural approach is actually a very good way to treat mono.
Antioxidants vitamins, like vitamin C, Stimulates the production of the white blood cells that produce antibodies against the Epstein-Barr virus – the cause of mononucleosis. There are great for boosting your immune system into high gear. It is taking on the immune system to create the antibodies against mono. It helps to clear your cells of the virus and give your immune system the tools to perform at its peak.
Vitamin A, like vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps to kill and scavenge the virus that causes mononucleosis. There are several different vitamins that are effective in boosting the immune system. Along with Vitamin A and C, Selenium and Zinc may be helpful in strengthening the immune system in order to fight the virus. They help reduce the severity and duration of the mono symptoms, although adding additional supplements with these vitamins have not been shown to help with mono treatment.
Many mononucleosis patients benefit from taking, Magnesium as this is a mineral involved in the cell’s energy production. It helps in reducing feeling of stress, better sleep, more relaxed muscles and improved stamina. B complex vitamins help support the adrenal glands, which help the body cope with stress, as they also involved in energy production which makes them essential for people with mononucleosis. Co enzyme Q10 is a potent antioxidant and it plays an important role in energy production. It converts carbohydrates, fat and proteins into energy. A very common supplemental antioxidant that has consistently been shown to be effective is Echinacea. This helps in fighting with infection by improving our immune system.