Well, it's cold and flu season, so here are some things you can use to help prevent them. Take at the first sign of sickness.
Astragalus-research suggests it stimulates the bone marrow to produce more disease-fighting white blood cells, which in turn produce antibodies and interferon, an antiviral protein.
Zinc-take it at the first sign of symptoms (gluconate form without flavoring agents)
Oats and barley-contain beta-glucan, a type of fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities more potent than echinacea.
Garlic-contains allicin which fights infection and bacteria.
Yogurt-contains probiotics (live active cultures) that stimulates white blood cells (Stonyfield Farms contains the specific strain that does this).
Chicken soup-blocks the migration of inflammatory white cells.
Tea-a study showed those who had 5 cups a day of black tea for two weeks had 10 times more virus-fighting interferon in their blood than others. The amino acid responsible is abundant in both black and green tea (L-theanine). I believe the fact that I drink the green tea
daily helps me to stay healthy, even when my kids are sick. It increases my water intake too, which we know is good for us! I also take our multi-vitamins daily (which contain the zinc, astragalus and green tea along with so many other beneficial ingredients), along with a shot of the liquid Amla Rush. To order go to www.mindymccortney.com and click products to read more. My dad swears by the vitamins and the Amla now because his energy has increased so much (and it is hard to get him to consistently take anything!).