Berries stimulate and strengthen your immune system. They contain betacarotenes that eliminate toxins and thus purify your body. Additionally, they include other nutrients that offer more benefits.
Therefore, without a doubt, while berries cannot prevent HPV transmission, they do help combat the virus.
Benefits of berries
By consuming berries (cranberries, cherries, red plums, strawberries, red currants, raspberries, and blackberries), the immune system benefits in various ways.
They contain lycopene, which is an effective antioxidant agent. Additionally, they provide betacyanins and betacarotenes that act as complementary antioxidants.
Similarly, they include anthocyanins and flavonoids that function as anticarcinogens and also as purifiers of both the sexual and urinary systems.
Similarly, pomegranate, beet, tomato, and red peppers also share the same properties as berries.
How to Fight HPV with Food?
If you’re HPV positive, it will be very helpful to eat properly to prevent the virus from activating. When symptoms of the virus appear, such as genital warts, it’s because your immune system doesn’t have the necessary defenses to prevent it.
Some foods, in addition to the aforementioned berries and vegetables, which are the same color, strengthen your defenses. This way, you can combat the virus.
Here are the foods you should consume if you have the human papillomavirus, besides berries:
- Garlic: strengthens your immune system to battle the virus and reduce its symptoms.
- Carrot: due to its high vitamin A content, it also boosts your defenses. Preferably, consume it raw to fully benefit from all its nutrients.
- Nuts: especially hazelnuts and almonds. Rich in omega-3 and vitamin E, they optimize the immune system, strengthening your body’s defenses.
- Green leafy vegetables: these vegetables have high folate content, a powerful tool against the virus.
- Citrus fruits: Antioxidants are essential as they combat infections, and citrus fruits contain vitamin C, a potent antioxidant. The main fruits in this group are mandarins, oranges, lemons, kiwis, and grapefruits.
Positive Habits to Add to a Good Diet
As we’ve seen, a healthy and varied diet, including specific foods, is crucial to reduce HPV’s effects.
However, it’s also valuable to complement it with positive habits that will help protect your body against HPV and other diseases:
- Get a Pap smear as frequently as your doctor recommends.
- Maintain sexual relations with a single partner.
- Do not smoke. Smoking negatively impacts cervical lesions caused by HPV.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs, as their consumption weakens your immune system’s defenses.
- Try not to get stressed since stress diminishes your body’s defenses. Practicing yoga and meditation can help reduce it.
- Engage in physical activity, at least three times a week, as it strengthens your immune system.
- Rest well and sleep the number of hours your body needs.
Lastly… what should you do if you have HPV?
These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.
What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.
For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.
I wish you great success in your recovery!
Medically reviewed by Dr. Amy Wilson. Dr. Amy Wilson, born in the United States, obtained her medical degree from Lincoln University School of Medicine. Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, she’s dedicated 15 years to women’s health, becoming a distinguished gynecologist and serving in various U.S. medical institutions.