The cold Winter air is upon us and the holiday season is here. But unfortunately with all that cold air comes the inevitable cough and cold season. Once everyone starts staying inside, germs start to spread and those wintertime maladies start coming on. While there is no cure for a cold (your GP will tell you it has to run its course), there are a few things you can do naturally that will help fight it off.
There is a lot of research that suggests that there are some really effective health remedies that can not only shorten the time you are ill but also prevent a cold and flu before it starts.
Here are 5 Natural Immune Boosers that can help fight off those nasty colds.
1.) Vitamin C- Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that improves the body’s immune function. It also strengthens your body’s natural defences and protects cells from harmful free radicals. Studies have shown that taking Vitamin C can not oly reduce the severity of cold symptoms, but also decrease the recovery time of a cold.
2.) Echinacea- Echinacea is a flowering plant called coneflower. Echinacea has been a popular herbal remedy for centuries. Today, it is often used to prevent or treat viruses that cause colds and the flu because of its effect on the immune system. Research shows Echinacea increases the number of white blood cells, which fight infections.
3.) Zinc- Zinc is one of the most crucial minerals for overall immune function. It is found in cells throughout the body and helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. Some studies show that taking zinc glauconitic every 2 hours within the first two days of a cold can decrease its duration.
4.) Flavonoids- These are antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables. Studies suggest that flavonoid supplements may reduce the risk of infections in the lungs, throat and nose by 33%, on average.
5.) Garlic- This common spice contains some antimicrobial compounds that may help fight respiratory infections. Studies show that galic can help fight colds & the flu. It can reduce your chances of catching anillness, and help you recover faster.
Always consult your GP before taking any type of supplements.