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Herbs, Spices and Supplements That Are Antiviral and Prevent Virus Infection

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Coronaviruses as seen under a microscope. They are called "corona" because the spikes on them make them look like a crown which is "corona" in Spanish.

Coronaviruses as seen under a microscope. They are called "corona" because the spikes on them make them look like a crown which is "corona" in Spanish.

With the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus demonstrating how contagious and deadly viruses can be, it is a good time to start incorporating herbs and spices into your diet that have antiviral properties and help the body’s immune system prevent virus infection. There are also many dietary supplements that a person can take to help boost the immune system’s ability to prevent infection from viruses. Such supplements can play an important role in fending off virus-caused illnesses.

Nutrient deficiencies reduce the immune system’s response to viruses that cause colds, flu, and other viral illnesses. In order to boost your immune system’s ability to prevent viral illnesses from taking hold within your body, ensure your intake of critical nutrients is adequate either through diet or dietary supplements.

Garlic Has Strong Antiviral Properties

Herbs and spices such as garlic are powerful antivirals that help the immune system prevent viral infections.

Herbs and spices such as garlic are powerful antivirals that help the immune system prevent viral infections.

Herbs and Spices That Have Antiviral Properties

The following list of herbs and spices have been found to have antiviral properties that neutralize various viruses. You probably already use many of these while cooking. Of course, not all herbs and spices are capable of inactivating all viruses. Including a variety of herbs and spices in your diet is a good way to provide broad protection from viral illnesses. Just be generous when adding them to a dish to get the most health benefits from these natural protectors.

  • Astragalus
  • Basil
  • Echinacea
  • Dandelion
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Lemon Balm (Balm Mint)
  • Licorice
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sambucus
  • Turmeric

Elderberry is a Powerful Antiviral Supplement That Is Widely Available

Elderberry is a well known antiviral that is available as a dietary supplement.

Elderberry is a well known antiviral that is available as a dietary supplement.

Dietary Supplements That Boost The Immune System To Prevent Viral Infections

If you don't have time to cook meals from scratch or you just want to ensure that you obtain sufficient antiviral compounds, consider taking dietary supplements. Just check with your doctor before starting any supplements, as they can interfere with other medications you might be taking or they can aggravate existing health conditions. It is very important to ensure that your primary care physician knows you are considering taking supplements, so they can provide guidance.

The following are some of the more common dietary supplements that are known to contain antiviral compounds.

  • Elderberry is a berry that disrupts viruses and prevents them from taking over healthy cells. Elderberry supplements are readily available, even if the berries themselves are hard to find. However, the intake of elderberry should be stopped immediately if a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19 coronavirus, takes hold, as it has been reported that elderberry contributes to a hyper-response from the human immune system that can be quite dangerous for a person suffering from a respiratory infection.
  • Vitamin C can't prevent virus-caused illnesses on its own, but when taken as part of a healthy diet and with other supplements, it helps ward off viruses
  • Vitamin D is something many people have a deficiency in during the colder months. Having adequate vitamin D in the bloodstream provides a big boost to the immune system and can prevent respiratory viruses like colds and flues from taking hold.
  • Probiotics boost good bacteria in the stomach. These helpful stomach bacteria play an important role in maintaining a healthy and effective immune system. Eat yogurt daily or take probiotics supplements on a regular basis to ensure you have plenty of good bacteria in your gut and an immune system that is in good working order to prevent viruses from making you sick.
  • Turmeric is not only a spice that can be mixed into foods, but it is also available in supplement form. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin that is a powerful anti-inflammatory that also prevents viruses from infecting healthy cells.
  • Zinc prevents viruses from multiply and from lodging themselves in nasal membranes and within the throat.

Finally, make sure you get enough sleep each night and avoid stressful situations. Obtaining adequate sleep and reducing stress is important to maintain a healthy immune system.

Herbs and Spices That Prevent Viral Infections

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 John Coviello

Comments

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on April 10, 2020:

Turmeric is a favorite spice of mine. I sprinkle a good amount on eggs and all vegetables. This article is perfect and reminds me to bone up on other spices. Thanks for helping us out, especially at this time.

Be safe, John.

John Coviello (author) from New Jersey on April 09, 2020:

I hope everyone is staying healthy during the COVID19 pandemic. The herbs, spices, and supplements mentioned in this article are useful to maintain health against many viruses.

Ashly Christen from Illinois on April 04, 2020:

Thanks for sharing the info

I have to say I am a fan of elderberry

it may partially have to do with it being an ingredient in a favorite local winery haha but at the same time I do believe the healing properties our bodies need can be found in nature and people need to get back to harnessing and understanding the power nature holds for us

I have lots of re-learning to do myself

John Coviello (author) from New Jersey on March 18, 2020:

I'm glad everyone found this article to contain useful information to bolster your immune system against coronavirus and other illnesses. It's certainly important at times like these to think about what you're eating and how it will benefit your immune system.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 28, 2020:

I like your list to boos the immune system it is interesting to see that many herbs most of which I have in my garden. Informative and useful indeed!

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on February 27, 2020:

Very good suggestions in this article. I wish I could take tumeric, but it doesn't sit well with me, and neither does licorice. I guess we'll just eat more Mexican foods and pour on the garlic and onions.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 27, 2020:

Great stuff here. elderberry and yogurt are on my list. I think I already use the rest.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 27, 2020:

This is a timely and thought-provoking article. We would all do well to take note and boost our immune systems while we can.