Updated: Jan 21
There many nutrients to prevent colds and build immunity but I will focus on the following 7:
* Beta Glucans
* Olive Leaf Extract
* Vitamin C
Beta glucans found in mushrooms will help to improve digestion and overall health with their immune boosting properties. Plus, they're a great source of antioxidants and contain vitamin D. Some are better than others and the ones I like best are Lion's mane, Maitake and Shiitake.
Echinacea is an immuno-stimulating herb and help boost NK cell production (but avoid if you are autoimmune with a Th1 dominance). It also helps to flush out the kidneys and bowels of wastes and acidity.
Ginger, not to be confused with "JINJER," contains zinc and has antiviral properties.
Another fascinating thing about ginger is that is has an active compound in it called 6-gingerol. You'll want to take dried ginger over fresh because when it's in a powder the gingerols are converted into shogaols which is the Japanese name for ginger. 6-Shogaol is a known to kill cancer stem cells and fresh ginger contains much less than dried. (Check out Dr. Rajesh Grover.)
Monolaurin is a natural fat from coconut oil and is an anti- antiviral.
Olive Leaf Extract is an antifungal and helps boost immunity. Plus, it can help kill mold and beat viral infections like Epstein-Barr or herpes viruses.
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin for overall health. It's a powerful antioxidant and supports many functions in the body including the production of collagen, iron metabolism and strengthening the immune system. It also plays a huge role in brain health.
Did you know bell peppers have more vitamin C than the orange??
Zinc has been shown to help prevent viral replication and shorten the length of the common cold.
Side note, zinc is a major factor in sleep issues. Plus, high stress will deplete zinc levels and can lead to anxiety.
Notice your fingernails - white spots or paper thin nails indicate low levels of zinc.
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Remember healing has to be treating the system and not just the symptoms.