There’s no magic herb or vitamin you can pop to automatically prevent a cold, flu or other virus. There is also no medicines to treat it. However, there are some supplements that may help boost your immune system so that you have the best fighting chance. All these components have been shown in some research studies to be effective for colds and flu, while boosting your immune system. Remember to discuss with your physician prior to starting any supplements.
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Astragalus is a mushroom that is often used in soups or teas. It can be used, alone or in combination with other herbs. Scientific studies have shown its benefit to the immune system. Further studies sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) are ongoing.
The Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database (NMCD) showed that consuming astragalus long-term (at least 6 weeks) might help prevent colds
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Vitamin C is one of the biggest immune system boosters of all. A lack of vitamin C can even make you more prone to getting sick.
Remember though, Vitamin C has no effect on the RISK of catching a cold. However, it CAN reduce the severity and duration of a cold.
Elderberry may shorten the duration of flu. Studies are small and more is needed as a method of prevention or treatment for colds and flus.
Garlic is a great immune booster. Eating garlic daily is a great way to boost your health and make your food taste great!
All these supplements are not the same as having a complete, plant-based, whole foods diet, stress relief, moderate exercise, keeping your vaccinations up-to-date, and sleep.
When my patients ask me about supplements and magic pills, I always go back to food, food, food. Food is medicine!
If you want to find a cure all to all your illnesses and maladies, a balanced lifestyle is the only way!
Check out the immunity mushroom soup recipe, using medicinal mushrooms that is delicious and nutritious!
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The information is for educational purposes ONLY. Although I am a physician, the information here is NOT a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. I can only render treatment recommendations if I see you in person and know your medical history.
Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding your medical condition before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.