Epstein-Barr Virus: Fighting Back with Vitamin C

EBV causes extreme fatigue We’ve all heard of the Epstein-Barr virus, but what is it and who gets it?

According to the CDC, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), also known as human herpesvirus 4, is a member of the herpes virus family. It is one of the most common human viruses. EBV is found all over the world. Most people get infected with EBV at some point in their lives. EBV spreads most commonly through bodily fluids, primarily saliva. EBV can cause infectious mononucleosis, also called mono, and other illnesses.

In the US, almost everyone gets EBV, 95% of all adults will be infected by age 40, and 50% of all children by age 5. Many people don’t realize they have been infected because they never feel sick, but may have extreme fatigue. Once infected however, you harbor the virus for good. There is growing concern about the effects of EBV; a number of chronic diseases, including some types of cancers, have been linked to this infection.

Article in Medical Science MonitorThe good news is Riordan Clinic research finds that high dose intravenous vitamin C therapy has a positive effect on disease duration and reduction of viral antibody levels. To read more, download our recently published journal article from Medical Science Monitor or check out the extensive list of published journal articles on our website.