InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.
If you suffered with chickenpox as a kid, it can come back to haunt you later in life as shingles.†
What is shingles?
According to research, approximately 99% of adults over the age of 40 have had chickenpox. This virus remains in your body in a dormant state, but it can be reactivated at any time and the risk of reactivating it increases with age, as your immune system naturally declines. Anybody who has had chickenpox is at risk for developing shingles. In the United States, one out of three people will eventually develop shingles. That’s an estimated yearly rate of one million people.†
Shingles presents as a painful rash with many blisters that typically occur on one side of the body. The blisters will typically scab over in seven to ten days and they typically clear up fully within two to four weeks. Its biggest complication is severe, long-lasting nerve pain known as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). It can also cause scarring. If you develop these issues around your eyes, it may impact your eye health.†
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Nutrients that can help fight this virus
There are natural things that can help with the pain and symptoms of shingles. My number one go-to supplement for people with nerve pain of any stripe is Alcar with ALA. There are many studies indicating that these nutrients can help people with nerve pain related to issues such as diabetes, back issues and more.†
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B vitamins are also helpful for nerve pain. If you get the active forms of B12, folic acid and B6, these are great for nerve pain. These can be found in our Methyl-B formulation. There’s a fatty soluble form of Vitamin B1 called benfotiamine that can also be helpful.†
These supplements can help with nerve pain, but they are also beneficial for supporting brain health, energy levels and more.†
In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. explains what shingles is, what causes it and how it presents itself. He also offers recommendations for nutrients that can help your body fend off nerve pain.†
- The lasting effects of PHN
- Protecting your immune system as you age
- What factors increase your risk of developing shingles?
- Common medical preventions and treatments
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