I’m in my thirties and was recently diagnosed with shingles.
Q. Dear Terry, “I’m in my thirties and was recently diagnosed with shingles. I’ve seen my grandparents struggle with shingles and I want to do whatever I can to prevent more outbreaks. What natural ingredients do you recommend?” — Jocelyn W., Akron, OH
A. Dear Jocelyn, Shingles strikes most when your immune system is weakest. To keep the immune system functioning optimally – 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 to anthocyanins, which help give 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 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