Ebola has claimed thousands of lives. We may not be able to cure the disease effectively through medication, but we can try to strengthen our immune systems in the diet way, so that our bodies become less susceptible to the deadly virus. Certain nutrients have been identified by researchers as having the properties to protect, alleviate or cure the Ebola viral infection, though their effectiveness is still being debated.
Nutrients Believed To Combat Ebola
Vitamin C has always been considered as the doctor nutrient, as it is specifically good at helping the human immune system combat a number of infectious diseases. Vitamin C helps fight the Ebola attack by improving the body’s response to oxidative stress, by producing interferon which interrupts viral cell production, by inactivating the RNA and DNA of viral cells, by controlling viral replication and improving their elimination processes in the body, and by boosting the production of immune cells such as B cells, T cells and cytokines. Citrus fruits are a good source of vitamin C.
Zinc is found to be a powerful antiviral nutrient, as it is found to be effective in stopping the replication of viral cells. It has been found to combat RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) and SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus). Raw pumpkin seeds are one of the best sources of this virus.
Probiotics are one of the best foods to strengthen your immune system with their army of beneficial bacteria. The probiotics work by strengthening the macrophages or the white blood cells. Yogurt is one of the most delectable and common sources of probiotics. Kefir, pickles and sauerkraut are other good dietary sources of yogurt.
Garlic has shown gallantry in fighting deadly viruses such as herpes simplex virus, parainfluenza virus type 3, human rhinovirus type 2 and vesicular stomatitis virus. Therefore, it is expected to fight the ebola virus also effectively.
The elderberry holds the record of being successful against lethal viruses such as the HIV, FIV and H1N1 virus that have been terrorizing the globe by causing widespread epidemics. The berry’s flavonoids happen to be its asset against the disease.
Genistein Containing Foods
Coffee addicts can now find another good reason to support their love for coffee and that is its effectiveness against the Ebola virus owing to its Genistein content. The EBOV, MARV and LASV virus actions are inhibited by foods containing Genistein which is a kinase inhibitor. Other foods containing Genistein are fermented soy beans, kudzu, fava beans, and red clover.
Vitamin D in mega doses is found to be antiviral in persons already exposed to the Ebola and other viruses. However, for viral protective purposes you can always gear up with adequate quantities of vitamin D as per your daily requirement of the vitamin. Adequate exposure to sunlight and consuming foods rich in vitamin D such as fish, mushrooms, milk and dairy products, meat and eggs helps combat the Ebola virus.
Turmeric contains cucurmin that is seen to influence the sudden release of cytokines by the immune system in response to the ebola viral infection. Such a reaction, called a cytokine storm, can be fatal too. Other foods that regulate the cytokine storm include omega-3 fatty acids.
Low Sugar And Salt Food
Intake of high quantities of sugar is found to retard the action of the immune system, specifically that of the white blood cells, for hours after its consumption. Hence, persons who eat a lot of sweet foods are prone to be more susceptible to the Ebola virus. On the other hand, salt is known for its antimicrobial action and should be consumed in adequate amounts to create an unfavorable environment for the prosperity of the Ebola virus.