May 22 2008

Treating Epstein Barr Virus (Mononucleosis or Glandular Fever) with Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Published by at 5:34 am under Natural treatments

Did you know that how well your immune system functions is closely linked to what you eat?

Good nutrition, combined with sensible supplementation in the form of vitamins, minerals and essential fats can give you the edge in your recovery from Epstein Barr – the virus that causes mononucleosis or glandular fever.

The average person doesn’t consume an optimal amount of all nutrients in their diet. In fact, scientific trials indicate that all adults should take supplements, even more so if you’re battling a potentially serious illness like Epstein Barr. You see, the amazing human body, when fed the right nutrients in the right amounts can heal itself.

During recovery from Epstein Barr or mononucleosis it’s really important to bolster the immune system with nutrients like vitamin A, C, E, zinc and selenium. Let’s have a look at each of these in a bit more detail:

Vitamin C.

Vitamin C stimulates the production of the white blood cells that produce antibodies against the Epstein Barr virus – the cause of mononucleosis. It boosts the cells that scavenge your body for the virus and destroy it. Vitamin C is also a powerful anti-inflammatory that helps to reduce an inflamed throat, sore muscles and a swollen liver often associated with mononucleosis.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A, like vitamin C is an antioxidant that defends your cells against free-radicals produced during mononucleosis. It’s essential for the repair of the surface cells that line your mouth, throat and lungs.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant that helps to kill and scavenge the virus that causes mononucleosis. Because it’s fat-soluble it’s contained within the cell membrane, unlike the water soluble nutrients like vitamin C which remain outside the cell.


Zinc is a mineral that stimulates T-cell and antibody production to fight off infection. It stops the Epstein Barr virus from replicating and from entering your cells. Zinc is also a powerful anti-inflammatory.

Here’s a tip. Try sucking on zinc lozenges. This can bring quick relief from the agony of a sore throat.


Selenium is another essential antioxidant that protects the immune system by preventing the formation of free radicals. Supplementation with selenium has been shown to activate white blood cells and reduce inflammation.

Other vital nutrients…

Many mononucleosis patients benefit from taking magnesium, the B complex and Co enzyme Q10 to help recharge their adrenal glands and fight the fatigue of mononucleosis. These nutrients can also help to relax the aching, heavy muscles so common with this illness.


Magnesium is a mineral involved in the cell’s energy production.

It’s always been a best seller in my clinics, not just for my mononucleosis patients, but for everyone. Most patients report a reduced feeling of stress, better sleep, more relaxed muscles and improved stamina.

B complex

The B complex vitamins help support the adrenal glands, which help the body cope with stress. They’re also involved in energy production which makes them essential for people with mononucleosis.

Get a supplement which contains the entire B complex – B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cyanocobalamin) and biotin.

Co enzyme Q10

Co enzyme Q10 is a potent antioxidant and plays a really important role in energy production. It helps convert protein, fat and carbohydrates into energy. That’s why it is often referred to as nature’s “energy spark plug”.

How much to take?

The right amounts of nutrients for you will vary according to your age, the severity of your illness and how much food you’re eating. For more specific information check with your naturopath or holistic doctor or have a look at Chapter 2 in my e-book “Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures”.

DISCLAIMER This information is not to replace medical advice given by your health professional. It is recommended that you consult your doctor or health professional before following any therapeutic advice, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Never reduce or discontinue your prescribed medication without the consent of your doctor. The author cannot take medical or legal responsibility for illness arising out of the failure to seek medical advice from a doctor. � Wholistic Therapy Centre 2008

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