Herpes and Glutathione

Herpes and glutathione: How Can Glutathione Help Protect You From Herpes? What if you already have herpes? Find out what glutathione can do for you!

3D model of herpes
Herpes (greek origin meaning "to creep") is a microbial, viral disease.

There are many herpes viruses, but the most common is the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV).

Over 25% of adults have "genital herpes" that comes from HSV.

There are two types of this virus:

-Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1
-Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2


*Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1) commonly causes cold sores on the face, usually around lips or mouth. HSV-1 can be found anywhere on the body, usually, above the waist. (Sometimes, though, it can be found below the waist due to oral sex.)

*Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2) is most commonly found in the genital area as sores on the vagina and penis (known as "genital herpes", "vaginal herpes").

It is estimated that over 1 out of every 4 adults has genital herpes. Each year there are around 500,000 more people that contract it.

Although HSV-2 is normally found below the waist (usually in genitalia) it can, however, also be found on the mouth as well due to oral sex (oral-genital sex).

Chicken Pox is actually from a herpes virus known as Herpes Zoster. Thankfully, you develop lifetime immunity after getting it once.

Lesser know herpes from the herpes zoster virus is found on one's back as a rash known as "shingles". Shingles usually only affects people age 60 and older.

As you may know, having a strong immune system is what protects you from viruses and micro-organisms.

Glutathione feeds, protects, and strengthens our immune system.

Without a doubt, glutathione, as studies reveal, protects from viruses, such as the herpes virus, flu viruses, and even HIV.(1)

Our white blood cells(WBCs) are cells of the immune system.

It is our white blood cells (and natural killer cells; a type of white blood cell) that help fight off viruses.

Our white blood cells need an abundant supply of glutathione to be able to effectively protect us from invading micro-organisms and viruses.

By having low levels of glutathione, we leave ourselves much more susceptible to contracting viral diseases, like herpes.

If one already has herpes, by insuring one has high glutathione levels, you can speed up the healing of an outbreak and reduce the pain caused by herpes sores and blisters. High glutathione levels can also help to reduce the length of time a person is contagious after an outbreak.

Studies even reveal that glutathione inhibits herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) replication.(2)

Sources:

(1)Inhibition of influenza infection by glutathione
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=Article

(2)Evidence for antiviral activity of glutathione: in vitro inhibition of herpes simplex virus type 1 replication
http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=3587452

Additional sources:

Imbalance in Corneal Redox State during Herpes Simplex Virus 1-induced Keratitis in Rabbits. Effectiveness of Exogenous Glutathione Supply
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WFD-45F4

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