When I was a child, not a winter would go by when my father wasn’t doing battle with a cold or a flu virus. He was constantly blowing his nose, inhaling industrial quantities of Albas Oil, or propped up in bed with a thermometer hanging out of his mouth. And so, I vowed that when I became an adult, the same thing would NEVER happen to me.
And you know what? It never did.
Because after a ton of research and experimentation, I found the secret. I found what will really make a difference to how you feel this winter, and I’m about to share it with you here today.
Here are the results of my discoveries- the 8 most effective natural supplements that will effortlessly beat those colds and flu and keep you feeling awesome all year around.
Omega 3s are your first line of defence against colds and flu, helping to strengthen your body against viral invaders, and also protect your lungs and throat from falling prey too.
These essential fatty acids increase the activity of phagocytes- the cells that fight colds and flu by consuming the bacteria and viruses. So clearly, you should be paying attention to your omega 3 levels if you really want to stay healthy.
Because of the highly-processed modern diet, many of us are deficient in omega 3s so it really pays to take a supplement throughout the winter. Aim for 1000mg of combined EPA and DHA per day.
Echinacea has long been recommended as a natural and effective way to boost your immune system to reduce the duration of your illness and also to ease the severity of your symptoms. For a long time, these benefits were only anecdotal. However, a recent study at the Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University in the UK demonstrated that this natural remedy does indeed help in the fight against seasonal illness.
These powerful benefits are thanks to the high levels of polysaccharides that it contains which can raise levels of those infection-fighting white blood cells.
For best results, start taking Echinacea when you feel illness coming on, and then take 300 milligrams three time a day for the next two weeks.
Who would have thought that sunlight could help keep you healthy? But it really is true- getting out into the sunlight is one of the best ways to get your daily requirement of vitamin D which will boost your immune system and also keep your bones healthy. This essential vitamin works by reducing the levels of an inflammatory protein called cytokines and also increases your levels of a natural antibiotic which will destroy any germs and viruses that might come your way.
The trouble is, many of us are so concerned about skin cancer that we do the sensible thing and ‘slip, slop and slap’ which often leads to vitamin deficiency.
So if you think this might be the case for you, or you keep yourself covered up for most of the year, your best bet is to take a supplement of 1,000IU every single day. Always choose a reputable brand.
There’s nothing worse than a nasty cough that just keeps hanging around for weeks after you’ve overcome that cold. But supplement with astragalus, and you could shorten the duration of your illness and also beat upper respiratory infections with ease.
Astragalus is a traditional Chinese medicine which acts as an anti-viral, carminative and anti-spasmodic which stimulates the production of white blood cells and fights off infections with ease.
During the flu season, protect your body by taking 250-500mg in the morning, three times per week.
It’s not just an old wives’ tale- studies at the Institute of Medical Education and Research, India have shown that taking a zinc lozenge within 24 hours of the onset of cold or flu symptoms really can help beat your cold or flu virus.
Zinc is an essential mineral for the human body which is needed to produce those essential white blood cells and slow the multiplication of the virus in your nose and throat. When you’re getting enough, you’ll shorten your cold, reduce your healing time and also help beat the effects of free-radical damage.
The recommended daily amount is 14mg per day for adults. Be sure to choose a reputable brand and stick within the RDA.
Ginger isn’t just a tasty addition to your Asian meal or smoothie- it’s also a powerful natural remedy that will help soothe your flu symptoms, help reduce your fever and headache and also act as a decongestant.
There are many ways you can enjoy this mouth-watering root- either toss some fresh ginger root into your stir fry or soup, make a warm ginger tea using grated ginger simmered in water for 20 minutes with a squeeze of lemon and a dash of honey, or take it in easy-to-swallow capsule form. The choice is yours!
Although it has been used to reduce symptoms and severity of colds and flu for centuries in countries like India and China, the western world is only just now catching on to the amazing benefits of this herbal plant. Its benefits lie in a compound known as andrographolides which it contains. These have an immune-stimulating effect and also act as an anti-inflammatory which helps you heal faster and feel better.
For optimal effects, take a standardised extract of 20mg three times per day.
Ginseng is renowned as being something of a wonder-herb, boosting your energy, lowering blood sugar levels, reducing stress and also helping to treat sexual dysfunction in men. But recent studies have also shown that this adaptogen can successfully fight off colds and beat the flu virus.
Again, it seems that these powerful benefits lie in the polysaccharides which it contains which has a stimulating effect upon the immune system and could be a healthier alternative to mainstream drugs.
Take 200mg twice daily for the duration of the flu season, and you’ll stay fighting fit.
Liquorice root is a naturally sweet and versatile root which could help beat those viruses, ease your tight coughs, expel that respiratory mucus after a cold and also soothe your sore throat. What’s not to like about it?
It contains a compound called glycyrrhizin which possesses a potent anti-inflammatory action and also gives a much-needed boost to your immune system by stimulating the production of the immune system T-cells.
Try drinking a cup of liquorice tea every single day for a month during the winter, and see how amazing you feel!
Just because it’s ‘that time of year’, it doesn’t mean you have to become a sniffling wreck as you struggle against colds and flu. Take steps to boost your immune system and supercharge your healing abilities by taking one of the natural supplements above and you will remain illness-free for the rest of the year.