Elderberry juice, all red fruit and preventive use of zinc are the best in fighting viruses
Only once in ten years you can get sick with flu, which is about 4-5 times in a lifetime. Everything else is a flu-like illness – said Dr. Nestorović.
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The past period was marked by a strong flu season, and since children are the most vulnerable and often the largest group of patients, prof. Dr. Branimir Nestorović, a pulmonologist and allergologist at the University Clinic “Tiršova” gave some advice to parents.
He was a guest in the “Jutarnji program” on Pink TV and spoke about flu, viruses, natural remedies and whether there is a purpose to vaccinate children against influenza.
“Flu is a popular disease. Last year, the results of some new research changed our opinion on the flu. Although you have certainly said many times in your life that you have a flu, in most cases it wasn’t true. Only once in ten years you can get sick with flu, which is about 4-5 times in a lifetime. Everything else is a flu-like illness, ” said the doctor.
Doctor Nestorović also said that the story of the flu is always a bit exaggerated and that everyone has to have a certain number of infections in life, but only in rare cases, that is a real flu.
Talking about how viruses spread and survive at low temperatures, Dr. Nestorović said that viruses have a certain layer that protects them in winter and that can live up to half an hour in the temperatures below zero. In summer, they can survive for 10 hours.
“If someone coughed and picked up this newspaper, and you took them in the next ten hours, you would get sick,” he explains.
Nestorović also said that research has shown that the flu virus as such does not actually do anything. It activates our immune system so that it turns against us.
“Elderberry juice, all red fruit and preventive use of zinc are the best in fighting viruses,” the doctor recommends.
When it comes to children and high temperature, he said that if a child is in a good mood and has higher temperature, it is insignificant. Only if a child is slow, sleepy, lying and looking bad, you should contact your doctor immediately, and before that try to lower the temperature with antipyretics and cooling.
“A bunch of natural remedies is known to have great effects. In particular, the great thing is the elderberry – elderberry juice. In Israel, a group of scientists have shown that it is eight times better in the fight against influenza than any drug. But only in the form of juice, since it can be poisonous otherwise. Babies can also consume the juice,” said Dr. Nestorović.
“Also, all the red fruit contains anthocyanins, the substance which binds and prevents the virus from entering the cell. All red fruit, aronia, blueberry, currant, raspberry. These are antiviral drugs and the best form of prevention. In addition, the American Academy of Family Medicine recommends preventive zinc supplementation in small doses, 5-7 mg for children, 10-15 mg for adults, from October to April. This is great as prevention in the treatment of respiratory infections.
Zinc stimulates immunity and blocks receptors where not only viruses but also bacteria bind. It occupies their place and prevent them from binding there. It has been proven that children who take zinc have five times less often diarrhea, three times less often infections, higher IQ and that they grow better,” Dr. Nestorović explains.
When asked whether to vaccinate children against influenza, he replied that the problem with vaccines is twofold. Last year, a great paper was published, in which it is claimed that we might make vaccines wrong. Another problem is that vaccines have the weakest effect on the highest-risk categories for developing respiratory infections – young children and the elderly.