It's Time!! To Take Your Cold & Flu Herbs

It's Time!! To Take Your Cold & Flu Herbs

Bev Dunne

At this time of the year, we are often asked our advice on the best supplements to help prevent and treat colds, flu, and viruses. Of course, there are many products on the market and sometimes it can be confusing to understand which supplements might work best. With the many warnings that we are about to experience an extremely bad cold and flu season, now is no doubt the time to start supplementing with a cold and flu supplement.

I particularly like a combination of Olive Leaf, Andrographis, Echinacea, Sacred Basil, Zinc, Vitamin C and Selenium.

Olive Leaf is a herb many will be familiar with and one we have sold for many years. Olive leaf is extremely high in antioxidants plus contains anti-viral and antibacterial properties which have been found to be very helpful in avoiding and/or treating colds, flu, and viruses.

Andrographis is a traditional Chinese, Southeast Asian and Indian herb which has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. Because of its powerful immune strengthening benefits, it has been used as a preventative for many diseases. It is believed to be particularly helpful in relieving symptoms of colds, particularly respiratory infections such as coughing and sore throat.

Echinacea is another excellent herb which has been promoted as an immune booster for many years. It is thought Echinacea may help our immune system combat infections and viruses which is why Echinacea has traditionally been used to treat or prevent colds, flu and other infections plus stimulate the immune system to help fight infections.

Sacred Basil is not a well-known herb, however it is also known to boost the body’s ability to resist viral and bacterial infections. It is wonderful for treating the symptoms of cold and flu. Sacred Basil is believed to help reduce fevers as well as help with coughs. By mobilizing the mucous it may work as an expectorant when suffering from bronchitis.

Another important ingredient in my favourite immune formula is Calcium Ascorbate (Vitamin C). We’re often asked what the difference is between Calcium Ascorbate and Ascorbic Acid also known as Vitamin C. By adding calcium salts to ascorbic acid, a buffer to the ascorbic acid is created which enables far easier digestion and absorption. It is obviously far less acidic minimizing gastrointestinal discomfort.

The remaining ingredients, Zinc and Selenium also work well as immune boosters and aid in fighting bacteria.

This formula is great to be used as a preventative, taking one tablet a day. If you are in the throes of a cold or flu, you may take up to 4 tablets a day. I like this supplement, not only because of the excellent selection of herbs in the formula but also because of the strength of those herbs which is obviously very important.

Whilst we’re thinking of immune health, it is also important to address our gut health. Why? Because our gastrointestinal tract is home to our immune system. More white blood cells, which are the protector of our immune system, are produced in our gut than anywhere else in our body. That, to my mind, is a very good reason to address our gut health. If you don’t take a probiotic, now may be very good time to start.

For further information on cold and flu remedies call to see Bev and the team at Go Vita, Your Health Shop at 5 North St, Batemans Bay, or phone on 44729737. Don’t forget to tune into Bev on 2EC every Wednesday at 12.30pm.