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Supplements That Help Tackle Colds and Flu

If you use supplements during cold and flu season, you're not alone. In a 2010 Ipsos Reid survey of Canadians, 30% said they take vitamins and minerals during cold and flu season while only 12% get the flu shot. Many Canadians are turning to herbal products to boost their immune systems, so you're in good company.

Here are our choices for cold and flu season:

Echinacea (pronounced Ek-in-ay-sha)
Offered at Integrated Health in tablet or liquid form.

Echinacea is a herb that is widely used to fight infections, especially the common cold and other respiratory infections. Some people take echinacea to ward off a cold, and others take it when they are experiencing cold symptoms. It is also against other infections including: flu, urinary tract infections, tonsillitis, streptococcus infections and more.
 

Zinc
Offered at Integrated Health in lozenge or liquid form.

Zinc helps keep the immune system strong, making it a great supplement for cold and flu season. Some studies have found that zinc lozenges may reduce the duration of a cold by a much as 50%. You may be getting enough zinc from your diet already, so it is important to discuss that in advance of taking more. However, strict vegetarians, breastfeeding women and people with poor diets are often zinc deficient, so extra support may be helpful.

 
Vitamin C
Offered at Integrated Health in tablet form.

Vitamin C may reduce the odds of getting a cold in specific groups of people: individuals spending time in extremely cold environments (such as soldiers in this kind of training), skiers and marathon runners. For others, the reviews are mixed as to whether Vitamin C offers cold and flu prevention benefits. Most people take Vitamin C when they are not consistent in maintaining Vitamin C levels through consumption of fruits and vegetables.

 
Vitamin D
Offered at Integrated Health in tablet form.

Many people are low in Vitamin D, and especially during cold and flu season if you are spending more time indoors and less time absorbing sunlight. Vitamin D contributes to general immune strength, which increases your body's ability to ward off cold and flu symptoms.

 
Vitamin E
Offered at Integrated Health in tablet form.

Vitamin E is growing as an antioxidant and to help with strong immunity. Vitamin E helps protect against cell damage. It is important to take the appropriate amount of Vitamin E, so speak to our nutritionist before making a choice on taking this supplement.

 
Garlic
Offered at Integrated Health in tablet form.

Garlic helps stimulate the immune system and can be used to help fight viruses. There is also evidence that garlic may help lower the risk of catching a cold. Garlic works best consumed raw (either crushed, diced or minced). Just be sure not to over-cook. If you are not cooking with garlic, we do have a supplement form for you.

 
Ginseng
Offered at Integrated Health in tablet form.

Another immune-system booster, Ginseng can help prevent or treat cold and flu. A specific type of ginseng is called ColdfX which, when taken for several months during cold season, seems to lower the risk of contracting the cold or flu.

 
Elderberry
Offered at Integrated Health in tablet form.

Elderberry helps boost the production of immune cells, helping to make the body stronger and preventing the easy spread of virus. Elderberry can also reduce flu symptoms, such as fever.


 

If you use supplements during cold and flu season, you're not alone. In a 2010 Ipsos Reid survey of Canadians, 30% said they take vitamins and minerals during cold and flu season while only 12% get the flu shot. Many Canadians are turning to herbal products to boost their immune systems, so you're in good company.

Here are our choices for cold and flu season:

Echinacea (pronounced Ek-in-ay-sha)
Offered at Integrated Health in tablet or liquid form.

Echinacea is a herb that is widely used to fight infections, especially the common cold and other respiratory infections. Some people take echinacea to ward off a cold, and others take it when they are experiencing cold symptoms. It is also against other infections including: flu, urinary tract infections, tonsillitis, streptococcus infections and more.
 

Zinc
Offered at Integrated Health in lozenge or liquid form.

Zinc helps keep the immune system strong, making it a great supplement for cold and flu season. Some studies have found that zinc lozenges may reduce the duration of a cold by a much as 50%. You may be getting enough zinc from your diet already, so it is important to discuss that in advance of taking more. However, strict vegetarians, breastfeeding women and people with poor diets are often zinc deficient, so extra support may be helpful.

 
Vitamin C
Offered at Integrated Health in tablet form.

Vitamin C may reduce the odds of getting a cold in specific groups of people: individuals spending time in extremely cold environments (such as soldiers in this kind of training), skiers and marathon runners. For others, the reviews are mixed as to whether Vitamin C offers cold and flu prevention benefits. Most people take Vitamin C when they are not consistent in maintaining Vitamin C levels through consumption of fruits and vegetables.

 
Vitamin D
Offered at Integrated Health in tablet form.

Many people are low in Vitamin D, and especially during cold and flu season if you are spending more time indoors and less time absorbing sunlight. Vitamin D contributes to general immune strength, which increases your body's ability to ward off cold and flu symptoms.

 
Vitamin E
Offered at Integrated Health in tablet form.

Vitamin E is growing as an antioxidant and to help with strong immunity. Vitamin E helps protect against cell damage. It is important to take the appropriate amount of Vitamin E, so speak to our nutritionist before making a choice on taking this supplement.

 
Garlic
Offered at Integrated Health in tablet form.

Garlic helps stimulate the immune system and can be used to help fight viruses. There is also evidence that garlic may help lower the risk of catching a cold. Garlic works best consumed raw (either crushed, diced or minced). Just be sure not to over-cook. If you are not cooking with garlic, we do have a supplement form for you.

 
Ginseng
Offered at Integrated Health in tablet form.

Another immune-system booster, Ginseng can help prevent or treat cold and flu. A specific type of ginseng is called ColdfX which, when taken for several months during cold season, seems to lower the risk of contracting the cold or flu.

 
Elderberry
Offered at Integrated Health in tablet form.

Elderberry helps boost the production of immune cells, helping to make the body stronger and preventing the easy spread of virus. Elderberry can also reduce flu symptoms, such as fever.


 

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