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My husband and I both had shingles in the past, and I have had it twice.

Q. Hi Terry, “My husband and I both had shingles in the past, and I have had it twice. We do not want to get the shingles vaccine. Is there anything special we can take as a preventative going forward? — Ruth T., Cincinnati, OH

A. Dear Ruth, While there may be a shingles vaccine, it seems that pharmaceutical companies want us to believe that drugs are the only way to prevent a virus outbreak. However, I don’t think that continually inoculating ourselves against a virus is the best way to remain healthy. In a healthy environment, our bodies are equipped with a mechanism called the immune system that fights foreign substances.

To keep the immune system in tip-top shape to naturally defend against viruses, 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 a minimum of 15% anthocyanins, which help give your immune system that extra boost.

I also think that vitamins A, C, and D3, along with calcium, magnesium, zinc, 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 200-300 mg of elderberry plus the other supportive ingredients 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. Current research also shows that ALA can help to reduce the pain and tingling symptoms. I would take these ingredients twice per day.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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