The Epstein-Barr-Virus (EBV) is estimated to have infected over 90% of our planet’s population (PDF)1. In most people, this infection will remain symptom-less but an outbreak can cause a condition such as Mononucleosis and later Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Currently, there is no vaccine or medication for it although there are some developments in the area of EBV-antigens.
The virus itself is not easy to pin down since it hijacks B Cells and makes the immortal which makes them both invisible to the immune system and also unaffected by planned cell death (apoptosis) (PDF)2. EBV is latent in most people, meaning that it is not active in the body but it can invade many different organs. A study on patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) has found that 90% had EBV DNA in their brains compared to only 24% of the healthy controls (PDF)3. This shows how prevalent this Virus is and how insidious its mode of operation can be.
I was formally diagnosed with Mononucleosis (MN) in September 2017 but if the EBV was the direct cause was unclear. Since it was known as a major cause of MN and CFS, I focussed my research on EBV and also other Herpes Viruses (HV). The most interesting compounds I could find for EBV were Monolaurin (PDF)4, Lactoferrin (PDF)5, Oregano Oil (PDF)6,7, Garlic, Licorice root and Reishi Mushroom (PDF)8. As I said in the video, my most important criteria for a supplement were activity against the virus and ease of access for larger quantities. The cited papers detail the tests that have been done with the respective compounds and I will not detail them here.
Just keep in mind – activity against a virus does not mean cure. There are many considerations such as place of action (does it cross the blood-brain barrier, does it enter organs, can it bind to cells or act in the blood) and kind of action (does it kill bacteria by dissolving lipid layers like Monolaurin, does it starve microbes of minerals or amino acids like Lactoferrin, does it inhibit virus replication, does it protect cells from virus infiltration). This stuff is complicated and I am not qualified enough to explain it on a deeper level. Also, so are only the researchers and not alternative health practitioners or doctors.
Monolaurin and Oregano have helped me the most and they are cheap to buy in large quantities. Lactoferrin is a very interesting compound found mostly in human breast milk or colostrum. It can be bought cheaply in the US but I have not found a good source in the EU yet, therefore I have not tested it yet. Liquorice root and reishi are powders I use for tea maybe once a week while garlic is a staple in every salad I eat.
What is interesting about reading the literature is that most drugs fail due to microbe-resistance since viruses etc. can go through mutations quickly. I have recently added clove and anise oil which are also discussed in the references above but I have included them more for their anti-parasitic effects than the EBV.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know in the comments.