Are viruses the reason Hispanics experience stroke disparities?

Hispanics in the United States experience worse stroke outcomes compared to non-Hispanic whites, and experts in the antiviral community suggest it is the result of…
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Are viruses the reason Hispanics experience stroke disparities?

Mexican-Americans are at a high risk for stroke in relation to underlying acute infections. (Shutterstock)

Hispanics in the United States experience worse stroke outcomes compared to non-Hispanic whites, and experts in the antiviral community suggest it is the result of chronic, acute infections like those associated with the respiratory and urinary systems.

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“Hispanic Americans are already at a high risk for stroke according to research. Studies clearly show that herpes viruses, such as VZV, increase the risk even further. We therefore recommend Gene-Eden-VIR or Novirn, natural antivirals that were proven to be safe and effective in two clinical studies that followed FDA guidelines,” stated Mike Evans from polyDNA in a press release.

Research from Rush University indicates a number of medical conditions can result in cardiovascular compromises, including herpes zoster infection, systemic lupus, migraines, bacterial meningitis, neurosyphilis, tuberculosis, and HIV, to name a few. Unfortunately, Hispanics are often disproportionately burdened by some of these conditions–like HIV–thus making them at a higher risk for stroke compared to other ethnicities.

An article published in the journal PLoS One found Mexican-Americans in particular were at a high risk for stroke in relation to underlying acute infections. “Mexican Americans have an increased risk of stroke especially at younger ages, as well as a higher prevalence of infections caused by several persistent pathogens,” stated the research, though ultimately experts deemed the study inconclusive with more follow-up investigation needed.

Are antiviral medications key to improving stroke statistic among Hispanics?

Some experts suggest the proactive use of antiviral medications in the Hispanic community might be a reasonable way to combat stroke disparity; however, so many other forms of infection (such as fungal and bacterial) contribute to stroke risk that antivirals alone might not be the complete answer.

For Hispanics who wish to lower their viral burden naturally, there some natural ways to go about it, and one of those ways is through diet. Five wonder foods that help fight of viral infections include:

Drink water for viral infections

Water helps fight viral infections. (Shutterstock)

  • Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, one of the most important vitamins when it comes to the human immune system. One of the most important functions of vitamin A is its function in maintaining skin health; skin is the primary barrier when it comes to keeping infectious pathogens outside of the body.
  • Kiwi: The verdict is still up in the air about the influence vitamin C has over viral infections, but most experts agree that this vitamin is important when it comes to diminishing the symptoms of infection as well as their duration. Kiwi has one of the highest vitamin C contents of all fruits, making it an ideal additive to an antiviral diet.
  • Water: Don’t think of water as a “food?” Think again. Water is essential to all functions of the human body and it is also key when it comes to flushing out toxins and infectious agents. Individuals trying to maintain their immune systems need to get the recommended daily intake of water.
  • Lean beef: While red meats aren’t usually on the top of the list when it comes to food items to have in a preventative diet, beef is full of zinc and protein, both nutrients needed to maintain cell integrity. Just make sure the beef you buy is lean, to avoid unnecessary fat content.
  • Garlic: As a common seasoning, it’s easy to get more garlic in your diet. You can eat this herb with just about any meal, and not only does it have antiviral properties it also has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Research has suggested that even when used outside of the body as a surface disinfectant, garlic is potent against germs.

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