This Natural Supplement May Work Better Than Prescription Antiviral Medication

Oftentimes we assume that pharmaceuticals are more potent and therefore more effective at treating infections and viruses. However, based on a recent study, this may not be accurate. We discuss how a natural supplement compares with a prescription antiviral for the treatment of herpes simplex virus.

If you need help deciding which antivirals are for you, click here

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In this week’s video, we discussed natural treatments options compared with pharmaceutical agents for chronic viruses, such as herpes and Epstein-Barr.

Often times we assume that pharmaceuticals are more potent and therefore more effective at treating infections and viruses. However, based on a recent study, this may not be accurate. Just because something is natural does not mean it’s weak or less effective.

Many natural alternatives, such as herbal supplements, essential oils, probiotics, and vitamins, have shown to be equally or more effective in numerous situations with a much better tolerability profile.

In this case, we’re looking at a study that compared a natural agent to a pharmaceutical option for the treatment of oral herpes. Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) typically causes lesions of the mouth, face, skin, esophagus, or brain.

The usual drugs used for herpes are Vidarabine, Acyclovir, Penciclovir, and Ganciclovir, which are associated with several complications.

The aim of this study was to investigate if a formulation containing 2.5 mg melatonin and 100 mg SB-73 would help patients with herpes, and to compare the preparation with 200 mg Acyclovir. SB-73 is a mixture of magnesium, phosphate, and fatty acids extracted from Aspergillus sp., which has anti-herpes virus properties.

Seventy patients underwent treatment with the natural supplement and 75 patients received the treatment with Acyclovir.

For patients receiving the natural treatment, 95.7% saw complete regression of symptoms in just seven days. In contrast, only 85.3% of patients taking Acyclovir experienced regression of symptoms in the same time period.

This study suggests that the natural supplement works significantly better than the prescription option and is more effective in the treatment of oral herpes.

Additionally, unlike most pharmaceutical agents, natural supplements have a much cleaner safety profile.

Melatonin has many beneficial properties. It’s a powerful antioxidant and offers effective sleep support. Treatment with an agent that has side benefits rather than side effects is preferred.

This study is encouraging because it showed that natural antivirals worked comparably, and actually more effectively, than prescription antivirals.

It’s important to mention that this study looked at herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which is part of the herpes family. Other viruses, such as Epstein-Barr and Cytomegalovirus, are also part of the same herpes family of viruses. So it’s reasonable to suggest that the same natural compound used in this study may be helpful in managing some of these other viruses.

Some of these viruses, like EBV and CMV, have potentially been implicated in autoimmune disease. We still don’t know if treating the virus will help improve an autoimmune condition.

However, if you’re someone with an autoimmune condition, and you’re also trying to manage a virus, then looking at some of the natural antiviral agents may be something to consider.

Check out our podcast with Dr. Nick Hedberg in which we discuss the different types of viruses, treatment options, and how to know if you need to treat.

If you need help deciding which antivirals are for you, click here

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