The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Cold & Flu: 5 Valuable Home Remedies

Confused with all the natural home remedies suggested for the cold and flu? And not sure what works? Try these top research-proven natural treatments to help you fight the cold and flu.

Ahh, the cold and flu season has arrived. We have all experienced sneezing, runny nose, coughing, muscle aches and sinus congestion. When we get the cold or flu, most of us will reach for our cold and flu home remedies, and some will swear by their choice of supplements for the cold and flu.

Beyond washing your hands, resting and drinking fluids, what else can you do to fight the cold or flu? We have found research-proven home remedies that are effective and backed up by scientific studies that can help make this your best winter yet.

With our simplified approach, you can now find the right supplements with the correct dosage as well as when to take the supplements to help ward and fight off the cold and flu naturally.

Let’s get started with our 'Ultimate Cheat Sheet' to help you fight off colds and flus.

Beside each supplement, you will see some symbols to help you decide what is best for your health needs.  

IMMUNE BOOST Supplements that may help reduce the frequency and severity of the cold or flu. 

IMMUNE BOOST Supplements that may help reduce the frequency and severity of the cold or flu. 

FIGHT COLD/FLU Supplements that may help you recover faster from the cold or flu. 

FIGHT COLD/FLU Supplements that may help you recover faster from the cold or flu. 

RECOVER Supplements that may help you regain your energy and vitality after a cold or flu.

RECOVER Supplements that may help you regain your energy and vitality after a cold or flu.

VITAMIN-D

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Vitamin-D helps your immune system by reducing inflammation in your body (1) and increasing antimicrobial proteins. By reducing inflammation and increasing antimicrobial proteins, vitamin-D may help improve your immune system destroy invading virus (2, 3).

What to look for?

When selecting Vitamin-D, emulsified oil DROP is the most effective Vitamin-D supplement evaluated (4) .

When to take and how often to take?

For adults take 2,000IU of Vitamin-D daily first thing in the morning. 

 

PROBIOTICS (Specifically: Lactobacillus paracasei 8700:2 and Lactobacillus plantarum HEAL9)

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Probiotics contain beneficial bacteria that helps improve your immune function, as your guts are responsible for helping your immune system function optimally. However, not all probiotics are equal. Different strains of probiotics provide different health benefits.

Lactobacillus paracasei 8700:2 and Lactobacillus plantarum HEAL9, have been shown to help provide anti-inflammatory effects as well as helps increase your immune system’s ability to produce immune cells that are important in helping protect your body from viral infections (5, 6). An added benefit of this probiotic strain is that helps your immune system remove the infected cells from the cold or flu virus faster (7).

When to take and how often? 

Take one capsule with breakfast. 

 

What to look for?

For the cold and flu season pick a probiotic that contains: Lactobacillus paracasei 8700:2 and Lactobacillus plantarum HEAL9, with a ratio of 1 to 1.

BREWERS YEAST (Saccharomyces cerevisiae)

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Brewers Yeast helps improve the immune function by helping boost the immune system by increasing the salivary immunoglobulins A and natural killer cells which may help your immune system kill viruses. A study done in 2008, showed that individuals taking Brewers Yeast had significant reductions in both the incidence and duration of cold and flu-like symptoms (8).  

When to take and how often to take?

Take one capsule of Brewers Yeast either at breakfast. Remember to look for the Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain. 

What to look for?

Look for Brewers Yeast that is made from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, containing at least 500mg. 

 

ELDERBERRY (European Elderberry Flower Extract)

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Several studies have shown that elderberry juice provides an anti viral effect on our body by helping increase the activity of our immune system (9). Elderberry stimulates your immune system as well as helps fight the flu virus and prevent the virus from replicating in our body (9).

What to look for?

When purchasing Elderberry, make sure you find the following on the label. Select a product that contains European Elderberry which is called Sambucus nigra. Also make sure that the flower extra has a ratio of 4:1 and contains 50-75mg of Sambucus nigra.

When to take and how often?

Take one capsule of Elderberry at breakfast.

OSCILLOCCINUM

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Scientific studies have shown that Oscilloccinum is helpful in reducing the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms. There are two studies that reliable sources receiving the highest rating by Cochrane Review. These two studies showed that patients who took Oscillococcinum within 24 hours of developing flu-like symptoms had a 62.9% complete resolution rate of their symptoms compared to 48.5% of the placebo group (10, 11).

What to look for?

Oscillococcinum is the number one over counter flu remedy used in France and is used in more than 60 countries over the last 75 years. Look for the label that has Oscillococcinum written on it. 

When to take Oscilloccinum and how often to take it?

When you start to develop flu-like symptoms, take the entire tube and repeat every 6 hours. If you missed the mark on taking it at the start of the flu symptoms, take one tube daily in the morning and evening for three days. 

NAC (N-ACETYL CYSTEINE) 

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NAC is a potent antioxidant (12) and has been used to treat bronchitis and other lung ailments (13, 14). Studies have shown that NAC works in helping reduce the severity and incidence of the flu. NAC supplement had a 65% reducation in sick days and less severe infection (13). NAC works by helping the lungs improve its ability to get ride of mucous in the lungs improving the bodies ability to disolve the mucous in the lungs.  

When to look for?

When buying NAC, look for C When 300-600mg of NAC. 

When to take NAC and how often to take NAC?

Taking 600mg of NAC twice a day may help you recover from the cold or flu. 

What to watch out for and when to get help from your doctor.

Most colds and flu's can be treated at home with fast-acting relief from natural home remedies and supplements. However, if you are feeling worse or have any underlying health ailments, it never hurts to see your doctor. Below are some red flags to watch out for:

Adults

  • High, prolonged fever (above 38.9º C or 102º F)
  • Symptoms that last for more than 10 days or get worse instead of better
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest
  • Fainting or feeling like you are about to faint
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Severe pain in your face or forehead
  • Hoarseness, sore throat pain, or a cough that won’t go away after 10 days

Kids

  • Fever lasting more than three days or a high-grade fever above 39.5º C or 103º F.
    • For infants younger than three months a fever of 37.8º C or 100ºF should get to a doctor. 
  • Symptoms lasting for more than 10 days
  • Bluish skin color or trouble breathing (fast breathing or wheezing)
  • Earache or discharge from the ear
  • Not responding to noise, difficulty waking up, irritability, or seizures
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve, but return with a fever and a worse cough
  • Has underlying chronic health condition (heart disease, diabetes)

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**These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada or the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.