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Is your family ready for cold and flu season?

submitted by GNC Newtown

A common misconception regarding the common cold and flu is that they are caused by bacteria. The truth is they are both the result of viruses. Therefore, antibiotics are ineffective.

Given viruses’ ability to mutate into thousands of different variations, the antiviral drugs aren’t much better.

So, if you come down with the common cold or flu, do you have real treatment options?

Fortunately, there are several “natural” remedies that have stood the test of time treating these seasonal illnesses.

ELDERBERRY EXTRACT – Sambucol comes from the Latin name for elderberry, which is sambucus nigra. It is an elderberry extract used for common cold and flu. Is is extremely effective in deactivating viruses, which is no small feat. Studies show it to be a powerful antioxidant that stimulates the immune system. It comes in both liquid and lozenge form.

ZINC LOZENGES – Zinc gluconate lozenges have been shown to shorten the duration of cold and flu symptoms by an average of three days compared to a placebo. They do so by giving the immune system a powerful boost.

OSCILLOCOCCINUM – This is a homeopathic remedy which, when taken at the first sign of flu, delivers amazing results. It is packaged in vials of tiny, pleasant tasting pellets that dissolve right under the tongue. It is gentle, safe and non-toxic.

ECHINACEA – This is an herb that has been shown to significantly increase certain immune responses, inhibiting the effects of the flu. Research indicates echinacea binds to white blood cells enhancing their immune boosting effect.

VITAMIN D – Adequate amounts of vitamin D are essential for your immune system to function optimally. Typically, levels of this vitamin decrease during the winter months with lessening amounts of sunlight. Proper supplementation can super charge our immune systems, helping prevent and lessen the severity of colds and flu.