Winter and colder temperatures are approaching us quickly! That means Flu season and the common cold and other viruses are upon us. Prevention is the key! Keeping your immune system strong to ward off the viruses is important! Don’t wait to get sick to try to boost your immunity! Start now! How do you do this? Taking natural vitamins, supplements, and herbs can stop boost your immune system along with eating a healthy diet and having a healthy lifestyle of exercise, decreased stress, and relaxation! When a virus does hit you, these powerful supplements and herbs can stop it in its tracks. Here are some herbs, vitamins, and anti-virals that you should consider taking or having on hand in your home! And they need to be of quality to have the potency to be effective! You want your body to be able to absorb them so your blood stream takes them in and they do their job!
1. Vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin C are all vital nutrients for the immune system, and are all known to help prevent help fight viruses. In particular, vitamin C is well known for it’s virus fighting properties, but if you take high doses of vitamin C to fight a virus, you should not stop taking it abruptly-taper off. The best form of Vitamin C is ascorbate, no ascorbic acid (which you will find in most over the counter forms). Ascorbic acid is acidic to your cells!
2. Zinc and Selenium
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Zinc has been proven to be effective against the common cold and to be effective as a topical treatment for herpes sores. It is believed to be effective due to preventing replication of the virus. The immune system needs selenium to work properly and to build up the white blood cell count.
CoQ10 supplementation has been shown to significantly enhance the immune system. If it’s expensive, then you are getting a high quality form. It should also be in a liquid soft gel. CoQ10 has to be with a fat to be absorbed. So if you have a powder form of Q10, it’s not being absorbed unless you take it with a fat!
Probiotics are always helpful in maintaining gut health, especially when the body is under a viral attack that involves the digestive system. Probiotic foods and drinks without added sugar can help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria. Speaking of probiotics, a healthy intestinal tract is absolutely imperative for a strong immune system. There are many strains out there to choose from. Please ask me what I recommend so you can build your gut the best way possible! Not all are created equal unfortunately! And if you or your family uses antibiotics, then you MUST use probiotics to rebuild your gut and immunity!
Garlic is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial. You can take garlic in a tonic or, if you can handle it, chew raw garlic. It not only will help fight the virus, it will help kill any secondary infections trying to take root.
Echinacea not only supports the immune system, it also has been proven to reduce the severity and duration of viral infections.
A double blind trial showed elderberry extract’s ability to reduce symptoms of influenza and speed recovery. It also showed elderberry’s ability to enhance immune response with higher levels of antibodies in the blood. It is believed to inhibit a virus’s ability to penetrate healthy cells and protect cells with powerful antioxidants. Elderberry has also been shown to inhibit replication in four strains of herpes viruses and reduce ineffectivity of HIV strains.
8. Green Tea
The flavanoids in green tea are believed to fight viral infections by preventing the virus from entering host cells and by inhibiting replication.
9. Olive Leaf Extract
Though double blind clinical trials are needed, olive leaf extract has been shown to inhibit replication of viruses. In one study, 115 of 119 patients had a full and rapid recovery from respiratory tract infections while 120 of 172 had a full and rapid recovery from viral skin infections such as herpes.
10. Pau d’Arco
Pau d’arco has been used in indigenous medicine for generations. One of its compounds, lapachol, has proven effective against various viruses, including influenza, herpes simplex types I and II, and polio virus. It is believed to inhibit replication.
11. Liquorice Root
Studies have shown that glycyrrhizin, a compound found in liquorice root was more effective in fighting samples of coronavirus from SARS patients than four antiviral drugs. It reduces viral replication, cell absorption, and the virus’s ability to penetrate cells. It is also being used to treat HIV.
12. St John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort has been proven effective against influenza, herpes simplex, and HIV.
The best defense always is a good offense. A healthy diet based on nutrient dense foods, exercise to move your lymph, and aid your immune system, as well as good quality sleep will build a strong, healthy immune system. A strong immune system will fight off viruses without you even knowing the battle ever took place. That is key! And your chances of getting sick are slim!
In my practice, I sell pharmaceutical grade professional supplements and herbs that I know are trusted, tested, and safe! If you are in question or in need of any of these, please ask! My previous job was selling professional grade supplements to Drs, Chiropractors, nutritionists, pharmacists, etc so I have an extensive background in knowing good and bad forms of nutrients and what’s in a bottle! I want you to take a quality supplement that will do good to your body, not harm, and help you to Be Well, Live Well, and Feel Well!
Michael Edwards is the founder, owner, editor-in-chief, and janitor for Organic Lifestyle Magazine and Green Lifestyle Market. At age 17, Michael weighed more than 360 pounds. He suffered from ADHD, allergies, frequent bouts of illness, and chronic, debilitating insomnia. Conventional medicine wasn’t working. While he restored his health through alternative medicine he studied natural health and became immersed in it.