It is estimated that tens of thousands o fpeople are infected with the virus that causes Chronic Fatigue. The Epstein Barr virus is the cause and has become widespread in the United States . Epstein Barr is a member of the herpes virus and is related to the viruses that cause genital herpes and shingles.
Also called the “yuppie disease” its symptoms include fever, sore throat, swollen glands, extreme fatigue, appetite loss, recurrent upper respiratory infections, intestinal problems, jaundice, anxiety, depression, irritability and mood swings, temporary memory loss, difficulty in concentrating, headaches, and aching muscles and joints.
The symptoms of this virus closely resemble flu and other viral symptoms. Because of this it is not always diagnosed correctly. To date a cure for this virus has not been developed. It is three times more prevalent in women.
Epstein Barr is highly contagious. It can be passed by close contact, kissing, food or drink sharing, coughing, sneezing, and it can be sexually transmitted. A person cannot become immune and antibiotics may not help. The virus causes “overreaction” of the immune system.
Even though this virus is not life threatening, it is still incurable and can do serious damage to the immune system. It is important that family members of an infected individual fully understand this disorder and realize that the person suffering from this virus is not faking or exaggerating the symptoms.
Nutrition it self will not cure Epstein Barr, but can go a long way towards making the infected person's life in dealing with the disorder much more bearable. Here are some nutrients that have shown positive effects:
Chronic Fatigue is debilitating, but with proper diet and nutrition it the symptoms may be managed.
- Vitamin C – has a natural antiviral effect.
- Coenzyme Q10 – enhances the effectiveness of the immune system.
- Lecithin – promotes energy and enhances immunity.
- Acidophilus – fights candidiasis which is commonly associated with Epstein Barr.
- Vitamin A – Powerful free radical scavenger. Do not use in pill form.
- Vitamin E - Powerful free radical scavenger. Do not use in pill form.