Mono (Mononucleosis) Nutrition

Mononucleosis caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, mononucleosis affects the throat and lymph nodes. Mono symptoms may include severe fatigue, fever, sore throat, swollen lymph glands and spleen and abnormal liver function.

A healthy diet, along with complete and absolute rest plays an extremely important role in the treatment of mononucleosis. Instead of adopting a completely new diet, make a few necessary changes to the diet that you follow.

While loss of appetite is said to be one of the symptoms of mononucleosis, food should not be ignored at this time. It is tough to enjoy food during this situation, but treat it as one of the pains that one should bear during this ailment.

Doctors prescribe for a diet based on whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins (avoid red meat). Avoid fatty foods and eat as many green vegetables as possible to boost your immune system. Nutritional supplements such as Green Magma, spirulina, and chlorella.

Vitamins and nutritional supplements along with vitamin C and a vitamin B-complex re-enhance strength. Doctors recommend echinacea and astralagus for enhancing the immune system. There are some herbs also have antiviral properties,such as:  lemon balm, elderberry, licorice, hyssop and chrysanthemum flowers.

Prefer food containing fatty acids:

Trans-fatty acids have a large amount of radicals to enhance our immune system to fight against the mononucleosis. These fatty acidic foods include french fries, onion rings, breads, cookies, crackers and cakes.

Foods having anti-oxidants:

Free radicals suppress the immune system and can cause harm to DNA and can destruct our system. Green vegetables, pepper, blueberries, tomatoes, cherries are the main supplements for antioxidants.