1. Elderberry Syrup
Black Elderberries have been known for centuries for their immune supportive properties. Research has identified potent flavonoid compounds, called anthocyanins, which may be directly related to their health promoting properties. You can take it daily or when you feel something coming on. I love the nighttime syrup by Gaia Herbs,  it helps  my daughter sleep!
2. IAG
This powder contains arabinogalactans, which are a plant based source of dietary fiber that offers powerful therapeutic benefits as a prebiotic and as a modulator of the immune system. Take a tablespoon every few hours when you feel like you are getting sick. IAG can be found here.
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C has always been known for its immune properties; however, I think people forget just how powerful it actually is. It is also very important to take enough when you are using it therapeutically.  Vitamin C is a major antioxidant, antioxidants counter the disease process caused by oxidation. High dose vitamin C is known to be a safe and effective treatment and prevention of viral infections. Remember that when you supplement with high doses of one nutrient, it can throw off the levels of other nutrients, so I would only use high doses when fighting an infection. Adults can take 3-6 grams spread out for several days at the first sign of a cold. Children can start with up to 500mg/2-4 hours, but do your own research. You can look up Linus Pauling articles to do so . Find it in a powdered form like thisone from Healthforce Nutritionals as it absorbs better. Drink 8 oz of water for every 8-10 grams you take.
4. Broth
“Good broth will resurrect the dead” a South American Proverb
We have always been told to eat chicken noodle soup when we are sick and there is a reason for it! The only caveat with this is that it is extremely more beneficial to eat homemade or close to homemade broth rather than canned or boxed soup/broth. Bone broth that is prepared properly will help cure colds and heal; it is filled with minerals the body can absorb easily as well as cartilage and tendons, which are now sold as supplements for joint and arthritis pain. To read more about the benefits of broth, click here.
5. Vitamin D
Check your Vitamin D levels. If you are getting sick often, you might have low levels of Vitamin D in your blood. Traditional lab test levels are too low, at 35 ng/ml, while you benefit more from a level of at least 50 ng/ml. There is SO much more on this topic, here is a great article about colds and obtaining your Vitamin D from the sun.


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