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Published: 0608 GMT October 21, 2018

Best supplements to avoid cold and flu: Four high street remedies to take this winter

Best supplements to avoid cold and flu: Four high street remedies to take this winter

Best supplements to avoid cold and flu this winter: Wrapping up warm, drinking plenty of water and getting good sleep are all ways of building up immunity, but sometimes your body needs a helping hand to keep you feeling strong. One way to do this is to give your body the right nutrients.

Supplements are growing more and more popular, with research claiming they can fix a number of ailments, from arthritis to bloating, reported.

Something else health experts believe supplements can help is the body’s immunity to winter illnesses.

With Christmas and New Year’s Eve to look forward to, winter is an exciting time of year, but as the clocks go back and the days get shorter, it can be more of a struggle to feel your best.

People can become more susceptible to colds so it’s essential to make sure your immune system is in the best condition. Four experts recommend the best high street remedies to take this winter.

Planning ahead of the festivities can be stressful for a lot of people. A healthy immune system can be sufficiently equipped to fight viruses and bacteria however under stress, our immune system may become suppressed, which can leave us more vulnerable to infection.

Chris Newbold, head of clinical nutrition at BioCare said: “There are many different ways we can support ourselves during winter season, but for your immune system to function properly, it needs to be supported with good nutrition.

“Our diets today do not always contain the sufficient levels of the required key vitamins and minerals we need to maintain a strong and healthy immune system…so, when we are feeling under the weather, specially formulated supplements can help get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.”

Chris recommends Immune Intensive which is a potent complex of elderberry, sage and beta glucans, with vitamin C, vitamin D and zinc to support a healthy immune system.


Pycnogenol to shorten the duration of your cold


Research published in the Panminerva Medica journal shows a natural supplement significantly shortens the duration of the common cold.

Pycnogenol, which is made from the bark of French maritime pine bark, also reduces the severity of a sore throat, headache, sinus congestion, coughing and sneezing.

Dr. Steven Lamm, a physician and nutritional medicine expert, said: “The common cold hits hard around this time of year, disrupting work hours, holiday plans and vacations. Those who seek over-the-counter remedies often trade some relief for side effects such as drowsiness.

“This study builds on previous research showing Pycnogenol offers measureable symptom-relief naturally, reduced the need for over-the-counter remedies, and shortens the duration of the common cold.”

Fultium Daily D3 to get your vitamin D intake when the weather lets you down

Dr. Sarah Jarvis said: “Research suggests that taking a high quality vitamin D has multiple benefits for the body and is not just essential for bones; there may also be benefits for the immune system.

“Vitamin D is actually a hormone and not a vitamin which is produced when skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D receptors are found in virtually every cell in the human body and as a result, it plays a wide role in ensuring healthy cell growth and repair, the reduction of inflammation and healthy immune function.

Healthy Living pharmacist Deborah Evans said: “Prevention is better than cure, so strengthen your immunity with regular exercise, a balanced diet, at least eight hours sleep a night. A supplement with immune supporting nutrients such as beta-glucans, elderberry, vitamin D3, garlic and zinc can also help.

“If it’s all too late and you’re suffering, then treat the symptoms with DIY remedies such as drinking honey and lemon until you can speak to your pharmacist about over-the-counter options.

“Needless to say, if you’re one of the six percent who take antibiotics for a cold, stop. It won’t work and you could do more harm than good.”

One option is Care Advanced Immune Support, which contains Beta-Glucans, Elderberry, Vitamin D3 and odour-controlled garlic.

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