Roughly 80% of sexually active people will have HPV or human papillomavirus in their lifetime, and most may never know. If left undetected, it can lead to cancer. Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus and there are more than 40 types of HPV that are passed on through sexual contact.
For many women, the most significant part of their annual physical is the Pap smear, the longest-running cancer screening done in the US. It’s not comfortable, it’s not fun, but if the test is negative, it provides a year’s peace of mind that cervical cancer will not interfere with their quality of life — at least for the next twelve months.
For men, HPV usually causes no symptoms and they may pass it on—without realizing it. But some types of HPV can cause genital warts. Other types can cause cancers of the penis and anus. Even men with only one lifetime sex partner can get HPV. Unfortunately, there is currently no specific test recommended for men.
Boosting the immune system is one of the best ways to help get HPV under control. One helpful natural approach is a 2 week detoxification plan in which diet is restricted to foods that can be juiced, water, tea and vegetable soup. In other words, no bananas, no avocados, no grains, seeds, nuts, beans, meats, fish, eggs, or dairy — just lots of fresh watery fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, as a nutritional line of defense.
Otherwise – eating foods rich in natural folic acid can help support the immune system. Some of nature’s most popular fruits and vegetables that are high in this B vitamin include oranges, cantaloupe, asparagus, avocados, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, papaya, cabbage, bananas, peaches, peanut butter, and nuts. Raw is best. Remember that soaking and sprouting nuts and seeds enhances their digestibility and allows greater absorption of nutritional content.
The following can also increase the functioning of the immune system, and support the suppression and possible effects of HPV:
• avoid cigarette smoke
• reduce stress levels: chronic stress has been proven to change blood flow to cervical tissue and affect its secretions
• forgive and accept yourself and move forward
• avoid alcohol
• enjoy some form of regular exercise
Supplements that are helpful include:
A rich multivitamin high in natural folic acid is one foundation for a healthy immune system and cervix. The role of specific vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids in fighting inflammation is well-documented.
Folic acid has been found to reduce the severity of the infection and aid the cells in stopping viral replication. All women can support their own systems in preventing cervical dysplasia by simply adding adequate amounts of folate in their diet or choose a supplemental form of natural folate, not synthetic.
In addition, the use of indole–3 carbinol (I3C), and/or DIM can help keep the immune system healthy, minimize cellular changes, and promote healing.
At The Healthy Choice Compounding Pharmacy, we have developed a unique and effective HPV supplement protocol for women of all ages. Call or stop by to speak with our supplement expert for more information.