Natural Ingredients to Stop Colds

Natural ways to charge up your immune system and stay healthy.
by Dr. Yael Halaas, MD

When cold season hits, turn to nature to keep healthy.  Fluids and a well-balanced diet is always the best bet but there are some super-ingredients that can charge up your immune system.  The below chart has some special tips. 

When signs and symptoms of the cold first hit, zinc gluconate (found in Cold-EEZE spray or lozenges), can decrease the duration of the cold by nearly half.  The activated zinc ions block the cold virus from binding to the lining of the throat thereby preventing the spread of infection. 

The fruits and other food items on the chart can all help ease symptoms. For instance, capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper, desensitizes mucous membranes in the nose making them less irritated by airborne particles.  In fact, many of the key ingredients commonly found in drug store items were originally discovered in nature. 

So this cold season, take a hint from nature and try some of these nature's wonders to help you feeling faster.  And remember, prevention is key, so wash your hands!

 

 

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Zinc Gluconate

Because of zinc’s antiviral properties, taking a well-formulated zinc cold remedy, such as zinc gluconate, at the onset of a cold can significantly reduce the cold’s duration and severity, according to a comprehensive review of medical research on the subject. The delivery method of zinc is critical to its effectiveness; certain additives can prohibit the zinc icons from being released.

Honey

Nature's sweetener is actually a supersaturated sugar solution made from plant nectar by honeybees. Traditionally, honey has been used for wound healing as well as its anti-bacterial, antioxidant and antiviral benefits.  Several research studies have demonstrated honey's beneficial boost to the body's immune system.

 

Water

No other liquid will do.  Our bodies need and depend on water to flush away toxins from our bodies and support our body's natural systems.  When ill with a cold, water is even more necessary to thin mucous, help expectorate phlegm and combat fever and fatigue.

 

Fenugreek

Fenugreek tea helps to clear out mucus, reduce respiratory inflammation, and ease your urge to cough. Recent research suggests that fenugreek may also have powerful antiviral properties

Garlic

Garlic has potent antiviral and antibacterial properties to help fight infection. Mix freshly chopped garlic with food, take it with a teaspoon of honey, or brew some into a tea.

 

Pomegranate

Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and zinc, pomegranate juice boosts your immune system and helps your body defend itself

Cayenne Pepper

A small bit of dried cayenne pepper powder, made into a tea with lemon or mixed into a broth, will help clear up congested sinuses as well as aiding circulation to fend off chills.

 

Ginger

Used for thousands of years in Asia as a healing remedy, ginger root made into a tea can settle an upset stomach, ease inflammation, and help you rest.

 

Licorice

A licorice root tea can soothe your throat and chest, act as a natural expectorant, and boost your body’s production of interferon, a natural antiviral agent.

 

Chicken/chicken soup

Mother was right, chicken soup does help a cold.  Besides providing hydrating fluids, research has found that chicken and the vegetables in the soup have a positive effect in mitigating inflammation.