Mononucleosis is a condition that is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Mononucleosis can cause a fever, swollen lymph nodes, chronic fatigue, night sweats and a loss of appetite. The symptoms of mononucleosis will generally go away after four weeks. Although there is no medication that is commonly accepted by the medical community for the treatment of mononucleosis, you may benefit from taking supplements.
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There are many different vitamins which may be able to help you boost your immune system, SupplementNews.org notes. Vitamins A and C, as well as selenium and zinc, may be able to help improve the strength of your immune system. Because you need a healthy immune system in order to fight off the virus, these supplements may be able to help reduce the severity or the duration of mononucleosis symptoms, though there is not enough evidence to suggest that adding supplements with these vitamins can help treat mononucleosis.
Echinacea is a supplement which is commonly used to help the immune system fight infections, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine states. Echinacea supplements usually come in tablet form, though other preparations, such as teas, can also be used. In general, echinacea is safe to use, though people who are allergic to members of the daisy family, such as ragweed, daisies and marigolds may also be allergic to echinacea. There is not enough clinical evidence to conclude that echinacea can help treat mononucleosis, however.
Astralagus is another herbal supplement which may be effective to treat mononucleosis. Astralagus appears to have some antiviral and immune-boosting properties, the University of Maryland Medical Center explains, and can be effective for helping to treat viral illnesses, such as colds. In addition, astralagus may also work as an antioxidant, which can help protect the body from dangerous chemicals known as free radicals; by preventing this sort of damage, astralagus could free the immune system to fight viral infections. Astralagus can be taken orally in tablet form or as a tincture.
Green tea extract is another that is used by some to treat mononucleosis, the University of Maryland Medical Center notes. Green tea extract can help reduce inflammation and boost the immune system; it also contains antioxidants. Green tea extract can be taken in tablet form, though consuming green tea may also provide many of these benefits.