Do you feel that chill? Cold season is upon us! Many of us want to know which vitamins to arm ourselves with and are curious if they are safe or even effective. As a nation we spend about two billion dollars on non-prescription cough and cold treatments, and that doesn’t even include doctor visits. So which vitamins will give us the most bang for our buck?
This famous cold vitamin may help reduce the duration of colds slightly, but does not necessarily prevent colds. Although it seems to boost some aspects of the immune system, some evidence shows vitamin C may be somewhat more useful for reducing the duration of a cold by as much as 24 to 36 hours than preventing one from happening.
Essential for the immune system, this vitamin helps keep viruses and other microorganisms from penetrating the body by maintaining mucus membranes. With the aid of vitamin A, mucous membranes that line the nose, sinuses, mouth, throat and intestines remain moist and evenly distributed. This distribution is helpful for avoiding colds as it assists in trapping and eliminating potential pathogens.
Vitamin B group
Vitamins B-12, B-5 and B-6 contribute significantly to immune system functions. Many of us have had a B-12 shot to prevent colds in the past, but these days you don’t have to get to a doctor to get your B-12, you can simply put a MicroLingual tablet under your tongue.
Vitamin E is an efficient antioxidant and a modulator of the immune system. It is said to be especially beneficial for increasing the immune response in the elderly.
Some risks to keep in mind
These natural cold remedies should be safe when taken in prescribed doses by healthy adults. There are exceptions for those who are pregnant, suffer a medical condition or take other medicines that could interact negatively. If you have any concerns you should check with your doctor before taking any supplements.
Now stay well!
Even with all the advances in medicine there is still no cure for the common cold; all you can do is arm your immune system to prepare for the inevitable. Beyond vitamins, good hygiene is also very important. Keep those hands washed and try not to touch the spots on your face where colds are contracted (mouth, eyes, nose) unless your hands are clean.