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What is Ebola?
The name alone is enough to strike fear in the hearts of millions around the world, with very good reason. Technically known as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) or Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF), this is one of the deadliest diseases known to mankind, and wasn’t identified until 1976, when two outbreaks ravaged parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The virus can be transmitted via bodily fluids, such as blood, saliva, or semen, and the symptoms often don’t appear for a few days to a few weeks of exposure. The symptoms include muscle pain, sore throat, and fever, and can easily be mistaken for the flu. Symptoms worsen quickly, to include nausea, vomiting, high fever, rash, and kidney and liver failure. The hemorrhaging begins shortly after, both internally and externally from various body orifices. There is roughly a 50% chance of death with two weeks if you contract the disease.
There is no standardized cure for ebola, but the symptoms can be treated and some therapies can increase the chances of recovery, including intravenous fluids, maintenance of blood pressure to counteract hemorrhaging, and other unproven methods. Research on ebola is particularly heavy at present, following the largest outbreak in nearly 4 decades that occurred in West Africa from 2013-2016, where more than 11,000 people died. While the WHO (World Health Organization) and other official agencies take ebola very seriously, given its incredibly contagious nature, the lack of a formal cure has led to a number of natural remedies that have shown occasional success, often in conjunction with medical treatment. Let’s take a closer look at some of the natural remedies of ebola.
Natural Remedies for Ebola
Arguably the most important and fundamental remedy for ebola is vitamin C. There is no other nutrient that has a more direct and measurable effect on boosting the immune system of the human body. Vitamin C can stimulate the production of white blood cells, which are the body’s primary line of defense against viral pathogens, and ascorbic acid also acts as an antioxidant to eliminate the presence of free radicals in the body. Most of the damage done by ebola is as a result of the increased oxidative stress it puts on the body’s organs and systems. Vitamin C is also a crucial component of collagen, which is needed for the repair and regrowth of tissues and cells throughout our body. Increasing vitamin C levels as a preventative measure and during the infection is extremely important for survival.
Another powerful antioxidant compound needed by our body is vitamin A, which is derived from beta-carotene (found in many fruits and vegetables). High doses of vitamin A have been recommended as supplemental treatments for ebola by doctors around the world, knowing that in conjunction with other nutrients and intravenous liquids, vitamin A can keep the body healthy and protected, even in the midst of a brutal ebola attack.
We often forget about vitamin D, which is a powerful immune system-boosting vitamin in our bodies that we get through sunlight on our skin. For darker-skinned people, however, like Africans (primary victims of the disease), it takes a lot more sunlight to produce vitamin D naturally. Therefore, vitamin D supplementation is recommended for someone suffering from the disease or at high risk.
When cures aren’t available, people tend to look around them for functioning treatments, and this is particularly true of the Garcinia kola tree in Western Africa. Specialists in infectious diseases have shown that extracts from the tree’s seeds are able to effectively counteract the spread of the ebola virus, making this one of the most easily accessible and inexpensive remedies, especially for people living in West Africa, where the most recent and devastating outbreaks have occurred.
This powerful herb, popular in many home remedies, can stop the dangerous feedback loop of proteins and cytokines that essentially attack the body as a result of an ebola infection. This immune reaction can speed the decay of the body and increase the severity of ebola symptoms, but curcumin, the active component in turmeric, helps to eliminate this connection and protect the immune system from being compromised.
Men and women are similar in many ways, but the types of hormones that our bodies produce are slightly different. Estradiol is only produced by women (and is actually one of four types of estrogen in the body), and research has shown that estradiol shows rapid anti-ebola activity in vitro, making it a powerful tool to fight the disease, particularly in women. For females infected by the disease, or in areas that are susceptible to outbreaks, eating soy products is a wonderful way to naturally boost estradiol levels.
Similar to the estradiol remedy explained above, genistein is a chemical compound found in many different types of soy products, and when isolated, it has also been shown to inhibit the spread and toxicity of the ebola virus. By preventing cells from taking in a virus, genistein can effectively slow the disease and allow other treatments and the immune system to work better. Genistein is found in soy products, as well as coffee, kudzu, and red clover.
One of the strange side effects of ebola is the dramatic loss of selenium within the body, which researchers have found to be one of the direct impacts the virus has on the body. Without selenium in the body (which functions as an antioxidant), oxidative stress levels rise quickly, with devastating consequences. Natural sources of selenium, to keep those levels high, include Brazil nuts, tuna, oysters, and sunflower seeds.
A Final Word of Warning: Ebola is one of the deadliest diseases on the planet, and is extremely contagious. These natural remedies should be considered in conjunction with quarantined medical care, being overseen by trained professionals who have taken all safeguards to prevent the spread of the contagion.