Many people prefer immune-boosting supplements as a natural way to fight colds and other symptoms related to their health.
Here are 10 immune-boosting supplements that you might consider taking.
Larch supplements, made from compounds in the bark of the larch tree, can act as a natural immunity booster to help ward off a cold, said celebrity physician Dr. Mehet Oz of "The Dr. Oz Show."
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2. Cat's Claw
There are many medicinal properties in cat's claw, including working as a natural diuretic and helping to reduce high blood pressure. The herb is also effective in reducing pain from arthritis, according to For Dummies
3. Gingko Biloba
While it has a funny name, many say Gingko is not a joke as the plant's leaves are loaded with powerful antioxidants called bilobalides and ginkgolides, according to Natural News
. Those are thought to help protect the body from damage from free radicals in the environment. Natural News said ginkgo also is thought to helpful in reducing brain damage.
Known as a natural cold remedy, the herb echinacea also "stimulates infection-fighting immune cells and increases the production of other immune compounds, such as interferon," Mother Earth Living said
The root of American ginseng can help prevent upper respiratory infections when taken over time, Mother Earth Living said, noting its history as a "health and vitality tonic."
6. Oregano Oil
Taken three times a day, oregano oil can help to boost your immune system and contribute to better gut health, Dr. Oz said
. "It acts kind of like a weed killer by helping to eliminate some of bad bacteria that may be dominating your digestive system," he said.
7. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
These supplements, found in fish, act to prevent heart disease as well as respiratory infections, according to Vitality magazine
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This Chinese herb is thought to help fight infections by stimulating white blood cells, Vitality magazine said.
Prevention magazine called probiotics
a must-have for flu seasons. Found in active cultures in yogurt but also available as supplements, they work on the gastrointestinal system and also help with colds.
Zinc helps as an antioxidant to ward off early symptoms of colds or flu. This trace element comes in lozenges and also in a spray but also is found in red meat, seafood, eggs, and nuts, according to Fox News
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