I have had shingles outbreaks.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have had shingles outbreaks in the past, but have made some lifestyle changes that seem to be decreasing the frequency. Are there any ingredients that I could try to help keep me stay shingles free?” — Lucy P., Helena, MT
A. Dear Lucy, Shingles strikes most when your immune system is weakest. To keep the immune system in tip-top shape to naturally defend against viruses (like the one that causes shingles), I recommend elderberry. Elderberry works against viruses by neutralizing the virus particles so they cannot enter your cells and it helps with immune system activation, which can help control the spread of viral infections. Look for an elderberry extract that is freeze-dried and standardized for anthocyanin content, which help gives your immune system that extra boost.
I also think that vitamins A, C, E, and D3, along with calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and bioflavonoids, work synergistically with elderberry to keep your immune system functioning optimally. All of these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, or immune-supportive properties.
I would take 300 mg of elderberry plus the other supportive ingredients once or twice per day.
I believe you would also benefit greatly by taking a combination of nutrients for nerve health like B vitamins, biotin, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, zinc, and boswellia. B vitamins (B1-B3, B6, B12, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid) help nerves function more effectively, delay damage to nerves, and reduce the frequency and intensity of any pain-related shingles symptoms. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can boost levels of glutathione, one of the body’s natural antioxidants, which helps protect delicate nerves from oxidative damage. I would take these ingredients twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally