Well-tolerated Spirulina extract inhibits influenza virus replication and reduces virus-induced mortality
Sci Rep. 2016; 6: 24253.
Published online 2016 Apr 12. doi: 10.1038/srep24253
As the coronavirus spreads, many are concerned about the health of themselves, family, and friends. As with most viral infections, there is no treatment. Your best protection lies in keeping your health optimized. Over the coming weeks I will be sending out updates to keep all my patients up to date on how to keep you and your family safe with a functional medicine perspective.
The study sited above is just one example of proactive things we can do to protect ourselves during this time of increased influenza activity. Most of the advice is avoidance based, this is just one side of the picture. Having a strong immune system is possibly as important if not more important. Having a strong immune system will help your body fight off any accidental exposure you may come into contact with. So clearly do you best to avoid contact with any infected persons but also remember to support your ability to fight off any virus you may get exposed to. Remember that most people who have been exposed have mild symptoms and only those who have co morbidities such as the elderly, diabetes, auto-immune disease. Are at risk of more severe illness.
Spirulina has been demonstrated to have anti-viral activity against many strains of the flue. Including this in you diet over the next few months can give you a better chance of not contracting the flue.
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