With COVID-19 still on the table and the upcoming seasonal occurrences of cold and flu, targeting the immune system and improving one's overall wellness is critical. The right vitality and nutrition plan during this time has the potential to help decrease the frequency, severity, or duration of cold and flu symptoms.
We can decrease this risk with:
This is even more important for high-risk populations, such as the elderly, those who are overweight, those with diabetes and other comorbidities causing compromised immune systems.
Want tips and tricks on keeping your body strong during this upcoming cold and flu season? Are you sick now and wish you were more prepared to fight off the cold or flu virus so you can more quickly return to what you enjoy? Then follow along with this protocol developed using only quality evidence.
The following protocol and ingredients below are a reflection of what current research findings show support for when trying to prevent or treat the immune system affecting by cold and flu viruses.
Adults: 1 g daily as an ongoing maintenance dose3,4, or 3 to 4 g daily at the onset of symptoms and for the duration of illness2,4
Children: 1 to 2 g daily as an ongoing maintenance dose4,2
75-100 mg of elemental zinc as zinc acetate or zinc gluconate lozenges, once per day, within 24 hours of the onset of common cold symptoms, minimum 1 to 2 weeks cold15,16,17,18,19
Probiotics may reduce the incidence of colds with minor effects on prevention, as well as improve influenza vaccination efficacy for A/H1N1, A/H3N2, and B strains, but is dependent on strain and population.24,25,26
Prevention: 0.9 mL, three times per day (equivalent to 2400 mg of extract), minimum 4 months9
Acute: Up to 4.5 mL liquid extract (equivalent to 4000 mg), once per day at the first stage of cold development9
American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)
400 mg, once per day, minimum 8-16 weeks in healthy adults as a preventative measure5,6,7
The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Did you know we have a supplement protocol designed with the above cold and flu support topic discussed above. Check it out!
Dr. Jared Wilson, DC, MS
Dr. Jared Wilson blogs about chiropractic health and other relevant health news. He is an expert in musculoskeletal injuries and functional rehab. He holds a Chiropractic Doctorate degree and a Masters degree in Exercise and Sports Science.