Two great natural ways to kill enveloped viruses (such as coronavirus).

You would have to been living under a rock to not know you should be washing your hands with hot water and soap, and also using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, even when there isn’t an international outbreak of cornoavirus that causes Covid-19.

But did you know one reason alcohol is so effective is that it neutralizes the envelope around such virulent strains? That envelope is the main reason these viruses are so hard for the immune system to kill. Alcohol in hand sanitizer is high enough alcohol by volume (higher than alcohol such as consumed recreationally) that it breaks through that envelope the virus uses to protect itself from our bodies’ white blood cells and general immune system.

A molecule of the SARS-coronavirus that causes Covid-19. Beneath those spikes is a protective envelope that makes viruses such as this especially hard to kill.

Another way is with natural foods, particularly colorful and phenol-rich foods such as pomegranate, elder berries, and even other more common berries such as black berry, blue berry and most edible berries. Research shows that these foods and specific herbs have not just general antioxidant and immune-supporting benefits, some of their are specifically anti-viral.

Pomegranate in particular has been show to be a food (dare I say “super” food?) that can be an effective immune support supplement, and so are wonderful beverages like polyphenol-rich green tea and red wine.

A combination of fulvic acid and pomegranate juice was researched in the Journal Vaccine, in an article called “Genetic diversity-independent neutralization of pandemic viruses (e.g. HIV), potentially pandemic (e.g. H5N1 strain of influenza) and carcinogenic (e.g. HBV and HCV) viruses and possible agents of bioterrorism (variola) by enveloped virus neutralizing compounds (EVNCs).” That’s a mouthful huh? Interestingly the study, from 2008, focused on enveloped SARS and coronaviruses as well.

To see the published research click here.

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