Here are the top ten, natural Cold and Flu Protection Supplements for those looking to protect themselves from these seasonal illnesses as well as the H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic virus.
1. VITAMIN D
Multiple studies have shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and influenza. This is not only an easy choice, but relatively inexpensive. Experts are suggesting supplementation with Vitamin D3, 2000 IU daily. (Read more about Vitamin D. -- View all Vitamin D products.)
Probiotics are dietary supplements of live microorganisms thought to be healthy for the host organism. There is plenty of evidence that these beneficial bacteria are good for the immune system. When the immune system is strong, it is in a much better position to fight off viruses, like the swine flu.
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Current and previous studies give us every reason to believe that black elderberries may be a life-saving weapon against any and all forms of influenza. Dozens of peer-reviewed studies offer strong evidence that elderberry extract significantly decreases the duration and severity of influenza A and B infections.
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Dr. Andrew Weil appeared recently on the Larry King show and suggested that people looking for a low cost immune boost should try the herb astragalus. Astragalus has shown antiviral properties, it can be used to help protect against the coming cold season in addition to the H1N1 (Swine) Flu virus.
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5. VITAMIN C
Research has shown that vitamin C improves resistance to disease and prevents flu symptoms when 1,000 mg doses are taken every six hours. (Read more about Vitamin C. -- View all Vitamin C Products.)
6. MUSHROOM SUPPLEMENTS
Specific mushrooms have been used in the Orient for hundreds of years to support the immune system as an aid in fighting infection. The active compound contained in these mushrooms called lentinan. Among lentinan's healing benefits is its ability to power up the immune system, strengthening its ability to fight infection and disease. Against influenza and other viruses, lentinan has been shown in some studies to be even more effective than prescription drugs.
Echinacea is popularly believed to be an immunostimulator, stimulating the body's non-specific immune system and warding off infections. Echinacea is best taken in advance of getting sick.
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8. OIL OF OREGANO
Preliminary research for oregano oil supports its use for infections. Several test-tube studies have shown that oregano oil can inhibit or destroy many strains of bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Good for short-term use. (View all Oregano Products.)
9. NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine)
Research has demonstrated the ability of the supplement N-Acetyl Cysteine to help battle the flu. NAC is a form of the amino acid cysteine and a component of protein. NAC is a precursor to glutathione, the bodyís principal antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and detoxifies harmful substances. (View all N-Acetyl Cysteine products.)
It has been recognized that garlic has the potential to assist the immune system in a number of ways beneficial to our health, including the stimulation of immune cells, the killing of pathogens and the detoxification of carcinogens.
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