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How to boost your immune system for cold/flu -what to eat at first sign?

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How to boost your immune system for cold/flu -what to eat at first sign?

Hi all

Couldn't locate a thread if such existed here but wanted to know some good recommendations from our fellow rfd folks:

Apart from Cold Fx and the like OTC drugs, what have you tried that you know works?

I've read about echinacea and it's herbal effects and some say it's very minimal in clinical studies - I think the basics are chicken soup, lemon ginger tea and lots of water. I've seen Jamison has zinc and other herbal medicinal pills which say it may help...

Any other good home remedies anyone tried that always seems to ward off or shorten cold/flu ?
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Instead of ColdFx, you better just get some American Ginseng, it may help but there is no convincing conclusion on that among many studies but most shows positive effects in various things including immune response, neurocognitive function. Generally, it is very safe to use so it doesn’t hurt to try. If you have diabetes, it may help lower your blood sugar level for better immune response.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136130/

Echinacea – I would say American Ginseng has better overall health benefits than Echinacea. No one will pay lots of money for scientific study for something that cannot be patented, but from the limited, small scale studies published, I haven’t see one that show it works against common cold.

Vitamin D 1000 IU is a good idea.

Vitamin C – easy to get from diet (orange, grapes, kiwi), so you don’t need supplement for that.

Flu shot is our best bet for flu, simple and it is paid by the government.

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CuriousJack wrote: 8-10 hours sleep at night Sleeping Symbol
82 wrote: Instead of ColdFx, you better just get some American Ginseng, it may help but there is no convincing conclusion on that among many studies but most shows positive effects in various things including immune response, neurocognitive function. Generally, it is very safe to use so it doesn’t hurt to try. If you have diabetes, it may help lower your blood sugar level for better immune response.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136130/

Echinacea – I would say American Ginseng has better overall health benefits than Echinacea. No one will pay lots of money for scientific study for something that cannot be patented, but from the limited, small scale studies published, I haven’t see one that show it works against common cold.

Vitamin D 1000 IU is a good idea.

Vitamin C – easy to get from diet (orange, grapes, kiwi), so you don’t need supplement for that.

Flu shot is our best bet for flu, simple and it is paid by the government.

Rest more.
Thanks @82 those are some great tips - I wasn't sleeping enough and was told by my doc that's one of the key elements. Thanks again.
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Elderberry syrup/sambucol.
Worked for me last year when I got the flu/cold.
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Oranges/Jug of OJ in the day. Symptoms of a cold gone by the next morning
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I take vit D3 1000 2 times a day.
4 drops of oregano oil in an ounce of OJ in the morning.
I have type 1 diabetes, so a very low immune system.
That said, rarely get a cold!
Oh yeah, flu shot of course
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Lions Mane, Chaga, Reishi, etc mushrooms.
Exercise helps the most with sleep.
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Eat a whole onion RAW. Sore throat gone right away
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When any person in our house is starting to show symptoms or the early signs (I have 2 human Petri dishes aka kids), the WHOLE family starts the following regiment

- Vitamin C - 1000mg
- Oregano oil in the am and at night
- Cold fx
- Saline nasal flush in the evening
- Increased liquid in take - every gets and extra herbal tea after school/work and in the evening before bed this is in addition to the regular water intake
- Extra sleep - will sleep in and wake up naturally if possible (not always possible), I will sleep in and work later if I can

Unfortunately, I used to the get sick all the times (just being run down), now that I have started forcing us to do this when one is starting to get sick, it has been working well for the last year and half. I find one of us will get sick if we don't follow the above routine.
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My wife swears by elderberry. She gets a concentrated 5:1. It's proven to fight viruses.
gh05t wrote: Elderberry syrup/sambucol.
Worked for me last year when I got the flu/cold.
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crazdefool wrote: My wife swears by elderberry. She gets a concentrated 5:1. It's proven to fight viruses.
Where can I buy this? I've seen the newer meds but don't think I've seen the concentrated one.
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I buy dry elderberries on Amazon, 1lb was about $33, easy to make a syrup.
TorontoEh wrote: Where can I buy this? I've seen the newer meds but don't think I've seen the concentrated one.

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