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Natural Rescue Remedies for Anthrax

Amino Acids

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Twenty are required in human health, and eight of these are considered essential nutrients because the body cannot make them.

One amino acid, lysine, improves the body's ability to fight infections. 
Carnitine, a nutrient composed of two amino acids (lysine and methionine) also helps, and a related substance, glutathione, is an especially powerful immune stimulant. Glutathione consists of three amino acids.

Lysine

Lysine is an anti- infective amino acid. It boosts the body's production of antiviral agents and speeds healing of herpes viral sores. High levels of lysine in the cell inhibit viral growth and reproduction.

Lysine has been used effectively in preventing the outbreak of genital herpes sores. Taking 300 to 1200 milligrams/day of lysine supplement per day accelerated recovery from herpes infections and reduced their recurrence in forty-three patients. (1) In order for lysine to be effective, the diet must be low in arginine. Reduce your consumption of nuts, seeds, chocolate, and grains.

In a clinical study, more than 1,500 people were given about 1 gram of supplemental lysine daily for six months. The subjects suffered from cold sores, canker sores, and genital herpes. Eight-four percent said that supplemental lysine reduced the frequency of their herpes outbreaks. The herpes lesions of those who took lysine generally healed in less than five days, compared with six to fifteen days among those not taking the amino acid. (2)

Carnitine

Carnitine is composed of two amino acids, lysine and methionine. It works closely with CoQ10 and transports fats into the mitochondria where they are burned as fuel. Infections appear to deplete carnitine levels. Supplementation seems to restore the immune response.

In one study, doctors gave ten patients with full-blown tuberculosis two grams of acetyl- L-carnitine daily. After thirty days, their T cells showed more antibacterial activity. (3)

Carnitine was also found to be useful in the treatment of AIDS. Researchers found that nearly three-fourths of the AIDS patients tested had carnitine levels substantially below normal. When they were given 6 grams of carnitine daily for two weeks, their white blood cells and other measures of immunity significantly increased. (4,5)

Glutathione

Several glutathione-containing compounds are involved in immunity, detoxification of hazardous compounds, and quenching free radicals. 
Glutathione also enhances the activity of the white blood cells, particularly the phagocytes, whose job it is to devour invading molecules and microorganisms. Glutathione also combines with selenium to form glutathione peroxidase, one of the body's own free radical scavengers. Glutathione also helps increase the effectiveness of vitamin C, by converting the oxidized vitamin back to its effective form.

Our body produces glutathione. However, it may need some help when we are under attack by infections. One of the building blocks of glutathione is cysteine, an amino acid. Both glutathione and cysteine contain sulfur molecules, which are essential for immunity, and the remarkable immune-stimulating properties of garlic may be partly due to all the sulfur it contains.

Glutathione or glutathione-S-transferase can protect against infections. Animal studies have found that glutathione is useful against the malaria parasite and worms that infect the livers of sheep.

Glutathione supplements are found to strengthen the immunity in very young and elderly people. (6)

Increases in glutathione peroxidase was found to slow HIV virus, the virus responsible for AIDS. (7) Reverse transcriptase activity (the method HIV uses to reproduce and multiply) decreased by 80 to 90 percent after treatment with various forms of glutathione or cysteine.

Natural Sources for Glutathione

Glutathione is present in virtually all foods, but the best sources include fresh vegetables, fruits, beans, and animal food products. Processing can reduce glutathione quantities in food. 

Recommendations

Taking about 500 milligrams per day of supplemental vitamin C increase blood levels of glutathione by 50 percent. Another way to boost glutathione in our body is by taking N-acetylcysteine supplements.

Take individual amino acids twenty to thirty minutes before you eat or drink anything in the morning to provide the best effect.

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Reference

1. Griffith, R. S., et al., "A Multicentered Study of Lysine Therapy in Herpes Simplex Infection," Dermatologica, 1978; 156:257-267.

2. Walsh, D. E., "Subjective Response to Lysine in the Therapy of Herpes Simplex," Journal of Antimicrobial Chemistry, November 1983; 12:489-496.

3. Jirillo, E., et al., "Effects of Acetyl-L-carnitine Oral Administration on Lymphocyte Antibacterial Activity and TNF-alpha Levels in Patients with Active Pulmonary Tuberculosis. A Randomized Double Blind versus Placebo Study," Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology, 1991; 13:135-146.

4. De Simone, C., et al., "High Dose L-carnitine Improves Immunologic and Metabolic Parameters in AIDS Patients," Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology, January 1993; 15:1-12.

5. De Simone, C., et al., "Carnitine Depletion in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells from Patients with AIDS: Effect of Oral L-carnitine," AIDS, May 1994; 8:655-660.

6. Wu, D., et al., "In Vitro Glutathione Supplementation Enhances Interleukin-2 Production and Mitogenic Response of Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells from Young and Old Subjects," Journal of Nutrition, May 1994; 124:655-663.

7. Sappey, C., et al., "Stimulation of Glutathione Peroxidase Activity Decreases HIV Type I Activation after Oxidative Stress," AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, 1994; 10:1451-1461.

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