According to the CDC, one in every three persons in U.S. will develop shingles in their lifetime. They are also called zooster or herpes zoster, and there are about 1 million cases of shingles every year.
It can occur to anyone from small children to adults, however mostly are affected adults over 60 years old. Likewise, shingles can occur if you have recovered chickenpox.
Some people are at higher risk of developing shingles contrary to the ones who get them once in their lifetime which unfortunately can be repeated several times. People with higher risk are the ones who have medical conditions that decreases their immune systems like certain cancers, leukemia and lymphoma, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or if they are on some immunosuppressive drugs like steroids and drugs given after organ transplantation.
Use of Vitamin C against Shingles
As mentioned before, shingles are more common for people with weaker immune system and therefore the consumption of vitamin C is highly recommended as it boosts body’s immune system, and acts as highly efficient preventative measure against shingles.
Have in mind that consumption of vitamin C may reduce the duration of a common cold in healthy persons, but it does not affect shingles’occurrence and seriousness.
Usually vaccines were used for treating this illness, but it was proven by clinical trials that the vaccine was efficient only on 51% of all patients. The percentage is pretty low when the side effects are considered, such as: joint and muscle discomfort, occurrence of headaches and skin rashes, sore throat, swollen glands and appearance of breathing problems.
When you make a comparison to the use of vitamin C and its numerous advantages, which on the other hand is scientifically proven to be helpful in minimizing the occurrence and seriousness of illness like shingles, you will definitely choose this natural solution.
Change of Lifestyle
This is what Harvard University advises if you want to strengthen and keep your immune system:
- Quit smoking
- Work out regularly
- Eat fruits, whole grains, vegetables and low unsaturated fat.
- Maintain healthy weight
- Regulate your blood pressure
- Sleep enough
- Drink alcohol moderately
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