With all of the medical breakthroughs happening each year, unfortunately, there still is no cure for the common cold. Luckily, there are plenty of natural ways you can take matters into your own hands in order to prevent the pesky bug and shorten its lifespan when it does come around.
Stocking up on supplements is one of the most effective ways to prepare yourself for cold season and reduce the amount of time you’ll be out of commission. These supplements will work to boost your immune system, keep you healthy, and help your body fight back against the symptoms that throw you off your game:
Build up probiotics in your system for at least 3 months, and you’ll decrease your chances of coming down with the cold by 12%. Look for probiotic supplements containing at least one billion viable cells of Lactobacillus paracasei and Lactobacillus plantarum for the best results.
TIP: You can’t go wrong stocking up on yoghurt and other fermented foods like kombucha and sauerkraut as well.
While Vitamin C is probably the supplement most commonly thought to cure or reduce cold symptoms, it may get more credit than it’s due. It can’t actually prevent a cold from hitting, but its antioxidant properties will reduce symptoms and recovery period.
The “sunshine vitamin” is a great immune booster and can decrease the number of colds you get, especially if you have it in your system for at least 3 months. Most people are actually deficient in Vitamin D, especially in the wintertime when sunshine is sparse and the cold virus is at its peak.
TIP: Aim to get 2,000 to 4,000 mg per day to keep your immune system in its best shape!
Zinc is a powerful supplement for beating the common cold, as it can actually work to kill the cold virus when taken for at least 7 days. Take the recommended daily dose (80 to 92 mg) of zinc lozenges when cold symptoms arise, and you may well see symptoms decrease and the duration of your cold shorten significantly.
Commonly used to battle cold symptoms, Echinacea taken in liquid form 3 times daily can indeed prevent the common cold. The daily dose of the herb for adults is 900 mg. Talk to your doctor to find out what’s best for your child, as it’s also effective in preventing and battling colds in children. If the virus does come along, increase your intake to 5 times daily to shorten the severity and duration of symptoms.