Protect Yourself Against Cold And Flu All Year With Black Elderberry Supplements
Posted by Kate W on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
I am always one of the first people in my area to know about the debut of the latest flu vaccine. My mailbox is stuffed with fliers from local pharmacies offering me discounts if I visit them for my vaccine, and my doctor’s office calls me to ask if I’d like to make an appointment. I don’t live in a particularly paranoid community or anything. But for the past few years I have been diligent about getting myself and everyone else in my family vaccinated right at the start of cold and flu season, which means I go to whatever location has the vaccine in stock first and has the first available appointment to squeeze us in. Ever since my husband was diagnosed with lupus, it has been a top priority of mine to protect our health as early as possible. I have the FAQ page for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website pretty much committed to memory at this point.
I am excited to have already made my appointment to receive my 2012-2013 flu vaccine later this week, but that’s not all I’ve done to prepare. I prepare healthy foods for my family. Instead of only hiring a babysitter on special occasions, I have a go-to in-home childcare provider so my daughter doesn’t have to attend a germ-ridden daycare center. And I have stocked up on all the common supplements that are supposed to ward off colds and flu, like Vitamin C and Echinacea. I have also recently added a new weapon to our alternative medicine arsenal when I ordered a Black Elderberry supplement by Gaia Herbs Professional Solutions. Double-blind studies of black elderberry extract conducted between 1995 and 2009 have demonstrated that it is a safe and effective treatment for cold and flu symptoms. It is rich in antioxidants which strengthen the immune system, and its natural anti-inflammatory properties can lower fevers and lessen pain. It has been proven in multiple studies both to prevent certain flu strains, and shorten the duration of others.
I strongly advocate that everyone protect themselves with vaccines during cold and flu season, especially people who have weakened immune systems or who may encounter a disproportionate number of sick people during their day-to-day lives. But I also believe you can protect yourself year-round by embracing longstanding folk remedies like elderberry supplements in addition to more traditional treatments. After you call your doctor and schedule your vaccination, consider going online to a site like Nutrivize and exploring alternative treatments to help keep you healthy this cold and flu season.
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