07
January
2014

Taking vitamins to prevent or cure sicknesses

Use vitamins to prevent or cure a cold or flu

While colds and the flu are sometimes inevitable, here are some vitamin supplements that may help shorten the duration of the illness, while helping to alleviate the unpleasant symptoms.

With cold and flu season rolling around, maybe people are flocking to their pharmacies for anything that will help prevent or treat it. While colds and the flu are sometimes inevitable, here are some vitamin supplements that may help shorten the duration of the illness, while helping to alleviate the unpleasant symptoms.

Vitamin C is the most common vitamin and supplement people turn to during the cold and flu season. While vitamin C may not prevent you from getting sick, if taken at the initial symptoms or signs of illness it can help shorten the duration of the cold or flu a day or two.  Also, if taken at the very beginning signs of the sickness, it can help relieve the severity of the most common cold symptoms, such as congestion, runny nose, fever, cough, sore throat, and body aches and pains. Some great sources of vitamin C include bell peppers, strawberries, broccoli, pineapple, brussel sprouts, kiwi, oranges, and kale, so pack your diet with tons of fruits and veggies with the onset of any illness! You can also take vitamin C supplements, but they aren’t as effective as getting it from food sources listed above. The recommended daily dose for men is 90 mg, and for women is 75 mg, but exceeding these amounts will provide no further efficacy in stopping a cold or the flu, so stick to those amounts! Unfortunately, there is no treatment for the common cold or flu, but vitamin C can help lessen the impact.

Another common supplement taken to prevent or treat colds is Echinacea. While it won’t cure the cold or flu, it can shorten the length of the illness, and lessen the severity of symptoms. Echinacea works in the body by increasing the number of white blood cells to help fight off infection and boosting your immunity. Zinc lozenges or syrup has also been show to have a positive effect on colds and the flu. When taken in the first few days of the sickness, it can help shorten the length of the infection as well. It’s also been shown to have a major preventative affect on colds when taken for longer than 4-5 months. Omega-3s, such as fish oil, have also been shown to have immunity boosting effects. It works by increasing the activity of the immune cells in the body that help fight off infection, which helps shorten the length of the illness! It also helps protect the lungs from colds and common respiratory infections.

Other helpful, natural remedies include eucalyptus and menthol. These two do a great job alleviating congestion and clearing up air passages to ease breathing. Garlic, honey, and lemon can also provide benefits, and can be easily incorporated into your daily diet. Remember, stick with daily-recommended doses. Overdoing any of these supplements and foods will not give you any added benefits.

While there is no cure for that pesky cold or flu, there are some natural, alternative options that may help lessen the severity of symptoms and shorten the length of the sickness. Vitamin C, Echinacea, and zinc are the most common supplements available that can help during cold and flu season, but it’s important to remember to take them immediately with the first signs and symptoms of sickness in order to receive the benefits!

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