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    Stay well this winter…naturally

    submitted by GNC Newtown

    Each year, millions of dollars are spent on cold and flu remedies.

    Educated consumers are now looking for products that actually prevent symptoms from occurring in the first place.

    If you are not a candidate for a flu shot, and you should discuss this with your doctor, the following is a list of the most effective natural remedies on the market.

    VITAMIN D – A lot of interesting research suggests the importance of vitamin D in strengthening immune function. Its active form lessens the inflammatory response of some white blood cells, while boosting immune cells’ production of microbe fighting proteins. This can help with coughs, colds and upper respiratory tract infections.

    PROBIOTICS – Probiotics are dietary supplements containing potentially beneficial bacteria. They are most known to help with digestive issues. However, recent studies indicate that they can have a positive impact on immune function by protecting against harmful pathogens.

    COLLOIDAL SILVER – What happens when you suspend microscopic silver particles in purified water? You get a powerful immune boosting product. Colloidal silver works with our body’s own immune system to fight harmful bacteria that can cause sinus infections, sore throats, ear infections and pneumonia.

    SAMBUCUS ELDERBERRY EXTRACT – In numerous clinical studies, elderberry extract has demonstrated potent anti viral properties. It is particularly effective against the flu virus because of its ability to prevent it from reproducing in our bodies.

    OSCILLOCOCCINUM – Typically known as “ Oscillo,” this homeopathic remedy may significantly reduce the fever, chills and body aches associated with the flu when taken at its earliest stages. It does not cause drowsiness and has no drug interactions.

    UMCKA – This is a pleasant tasting herbal extract from South Africa which has been used to treat respiratory and other infections for hundreds of years. It can be effective in treating coughs, sore throats and sinusitis. Umcka boosts immune function and has strong anti-inflammatory properties. There are no known side effects.