There are many supplements that are sold as antivirals due to their antioxidant content. Antioxidants are a powerful way to boost your immune system and fight off infections.
However, we’re going to focus on four herbal antiviral supplements that have more than just immune-system-boosting benefits but also directly combat viral infections.
The herbs that I want to highlight specifically in this article are:
Each of these herbs, in addition to being potent immune system boosters, have specific chemical properties that help prevent and combat viral infections. One of the specific benefits that cause people to turn to herbs over modern medicine is their ability to cure infections, not to mention their innate ability to treat the person holistically with little or no side effects.
In many cases, these herbs will bring a rapid and noticeable benefit to individuals; perhaps in some ways completely unexpected.
In exceptional cases, practitioners of alternative holistic and herbal medicine have been able to fight infections with remarkable results; some of the viruses even become dormant indefinitely.
Now let’s get into which four antiviral herbal supplements might be most effective for you, why they work so well and where you can buy them at a great value.
Schizandra is the first herb I am going to highlight because it is probably the single herb that has the most overall benefits when it comes to preventing viral infection and combating viruses that have a long term effect.
Schizandra is one of the single most antioxidant rich berries in the world. It also cleanses the liver, the blood, all five elements in Chinese medicine, as well as all 12 meridians.
In Ayurveda, Schizandra would be seen as able to balance all seven Chakras from the root to the crown bringing balance to your whole system.
In my opinion, this is the queen of all antiviral herbs. Schizandra brings balance to your entire body; it helps boost the immune system, has an incredible antioxidant content and naturally cleanses the liver – an organ critical to the immune system.
In addition to that, it is an antiviral supplement that will combat the viruses in your bloodstream directly. So Schizandra has the most overall antiviral content of any herb that I know.
Chaga mushroom is a powerful antioxidant mushroom.
In addition to its overall immune boosting benefits it also has three chemicals that can directly combat viral infections. Those chemicals are:
- Betulinic Acid
Chaga mushroom is a tonic I personally believe in and that I know is an excellent choice when fighting off a short-lived virus like a seasonal cold.
For more long-term viral infections like HSV or HPV, I would still stick with Schizandra for its overall health benefits long-term benefits to the liver.
Lingzhi (Reishi Mushrooms)
Lingzhi or more commonly known as Reishi mushrooms are a powerful antiviral superfood.
If I were taking two herbs in tandem, I would go for Schizandra combined with Lingzhi.
Reishi mushroom gives your body overall adaptability and specifically combats viruses, boost your overall immunity, health and your body’s ability to heal.
In the same way that Schizandra is one of the most powerful balancers (balance being the primary root of health), Lingzhi is a potent healer. The two of these herbs together will allow your body to heal, adapt and balance in any context.
Olive Leaf Extract
Little wonder that extract of Olive Leaf has fabulous health benefits.
After all, the Bible calls it “the tree of life.”
One reason it might be called that is the fact that the olive tree (Olea europaea) produces a phenolic acid substance called oleuropein in abundance within in its leaves as well as in the olive fruit itself.
What are the benefits of oleuropein?
They are many and varied!
Oleuropein and its metabolite, hydroxytyrosol, have powerful antioxidant activity, which might be responsible for some of olive oil’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and disease-fighting activities. – NCBI
Some of the best reading I’ve found on how olive leaf extract works specifically as an antiviral, read this article. It details how it breaks up and interrupts virus production and replication. We’re talking nasty virus like herpes, HPV, HIV, VHSV and a host of others. It’s also been shown to be efficient as an antimicrobial.
Here are many scholarly articles on the antiviral activity of Olive Leaf extract.
You can add these herbs to the list of antivirals. Many of them just need more studies and trials to determine just how effective they are against viruses like pneumonia, chronic fatigue syndrome, malaria, hepatitis B, candida symptoms, meningitis, pneumonia, chronic fatigue syndrome, hepatitis B, gonorrhea and tuberculosis.
I hope that my experience will help you find the right antiviral supplements to experiment with when it comes to fighting any form of viral infection with natural, alternative medicine. I really like the following video as well that details the best 7 antiviral herbs for naturally boosting the immune system.
I invite you to comment below and let me know what specific condition you are researching antiviral herbal treatments for and whether it’s for yourself, family or friends. I would be happy to assist you personally with any knowledge I have.