When the seasons change your body has to adjust to the various conditions of the elements. Since there is no cure for the common cold the prevention and treatment of the virus is very important. Some individuals defend themselves with Seasonal Flu Shots, combinations of over the counter medications, Herbal supplements and other prescribed medications.

What are some things that I can do to defend against the flu? How can I fight the Flu or a cold once I have it? What things can I take or use that are not overly expensive or do not require a prescription?

Many people get involved in the over the counter CVS, GNC, or Target buy all to battle the cold season. Some of the things purchased are Zinc, Echinacea, Vitamin B, and Vitamin C and so on. So to get more clarity and spend a little less money here is the background information on what you are purchasing along with some suggestions.

Zinc is a mineral that is found in your body’s own cells. Zinc has antioxidant effects and is also important to the body’s resistance to infection; it also can decrease the ability of cold viruses to grow.

Echinacea is used to fight infections of the common cold. Some people take Echinacea at the first sign of a cold, hoping they will be able to keep the cold from developing. While some take Echinacea after the development of cold symptoms. Individuals who are using things supplements have the right idea, there is proven research that indicates that they can help with the treatment and prevention of a cold.

The B vitamins work together to boost metabolism, enhance the immune system and nervous system, keep the skin and muscles healthy, encourage cell growth and division, and other benefits to your body.

Vitamin C is an important vitamin and antioxidant that the body uses to keep you strong and healthy. Vitamin C is used in the maintenance of bones, muscle, and blood vessels and also assists in the formation of collagen and helps the body absorb iron. Vitamin C is found naturally in vegetables and fruits, especially oranges and other citrus fruits, on average to fight or prevent the common cold it is recommended to take between 1000mg to 2000mg daily.

Nutritionists maintain that a balanced diet that includes 5 daily servings of fruits and vegetables, as well as grains, gives most people with all the B vitamins they need. After learning some vital information or being recommended supplements from others you may think, “What should I purchase?” Some individuals purchase the supplement in the tablet or liquid forms, which are great especially for those who are scheduled vitamin and/or medicine takers. For some individually who are looking for convenience and a nice taste I personally recommend Halls Defense with Zinc and Echinacea. Unlike your standard Halls, these tasty drops are non eucalyptus and are also available sugar free for those who want to dismiss the additional sugars. The average cost for a bag is about $2.89, with a 25 count bag. Per Drop the Halls Defense with Zinc and Echinacea houses 60 mg of Vitamin C, 1.5 mg of Zinc, and 15 mg of Standardized Echinacea Root Extract. The best way to fight the common cold is to defend yourself against it and remember, always consult with your health care provider when incorporating new supplements or with any questions for cold prevention.