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My 13-year-old son has a few warts on his hands that he’s self-conscious about.

Q. Dear Terry, “My 13-year-old son has a few warts on his hands that he’s self-conscious about. We tried freezing them, but they came right back. Are there any natural remedies for dealing with warts?” – Max V., Manitoba, Canada

A. Dear Max, Most warts are caused by a viral infection that attacks the top layer of skin. Therefore, the proper way to eliminate warts is to strengthen the body’s immune system so it can kill the virus naturally.

When it comes to dealing with viruses, one of my favorite natural remedies is elderberry. Elderberry can prevent viruses from entering cells, disrupt viral replication, and strengthen the immune system’s ability to handle viruses. Elderberry extract has been shown to be especially effective when combined with other nutrients, like vitamins and minerals. 

In addition to elderberry, vitamins A, C, D, and E are key for good immune function. Minerals are also central players in immune health and are often in short supply in our diets.

I would try 1,000 IU (300 mcg) of vitamin A (as retinyl acetate), 100 mg of vitamin C (as ascorbic acid), 1,000 IU (25 mcg) of vitamin D3, 15 IU (10 mg) of vitamin E (as d-alpha and mixed tocopherols), 3 mg of zinc (as zinc citrate), 25 mcg of selenium (from selenium glycinate), and 50 mg of elderberry standardized to ≥ 12% anthocyanins. For children 8-14 years old, the above ingredients could be taken three times per day. If your son has difficulty swallowing capsules or softgels, these ingredients can be found in a chewable form as well.

Propolis would also be a great addition. Propolis is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral so it is a great choice for children and adults alike. Make sure you use propolis that is purified to remove inactive resins and beeswax. I would take 200 mg of propolis once or twice per day.

Lastly, there’s research demonstrating that a compound from cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.) called diindolylmethane (DIM) is effective for warts. DIM also has antiviral activity and has been used to treat plantar warts.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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