Flu Strains Strike Again
It’s that dreaded time of the year again…flu season. So far this season the most prominent strains tend to be the Influenza A H1N1 and the Influenza A H3N2. Both of these strains have caused devastating outcomes in the past. Historically, flu season tends to peak in February – It’s time to take action now, and protect yourself and your family! Currently, the tri-state area has widespread flu exposure with a readily increasing hospitalization rate. Don’t make the mistake taking the Flu lightly.
What Can You to Protect You and Your Family?
There are many steps that can be taken, with or without getting a flu shot, to protect yourself. Prevention is key and making sure your immune system is in tip-top shape is essential.
Black Elderberry – Black elderberry (Sambucus) when used prophylactically or at the first sign of influenza symptoms may be able to decrease the duration of symptoms by up to 2 days.
Echinacea – In a recent study, a combination product of echinacea and black elderberry was as active oseltamivir (Tamiflu) with fewer adverse effects.
Vitamin C – Regular supplementation of vitamin C had a modest but consistent effect in reducing symptoms of the common cold and flu. Vitamin C administered before and after the appearance of cold and flu symptoms relieved and prevented further symptoms in 85% of the test population compared with the control group.
Garlic – Garlic has immunomodulatory effects which appear to enhance the function of the immune system. These effects include increasing and stimulating cells that play a crucial role in fighting off infections.
Chicken soup – Chicken soup has been long touted, probably by your grandparents or parents, as the best remedy to battle a cold or the flu. Well, they were right. Some studies have been able to show that chicken soup can have anti-inflammatory actions in the body.
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