This Vitamin & Herb Protocol is Your Best Chance for Stopping a Virus in it’s Tracks.

At last, a tried and true protocol that can, in many cases, actually prevent or stop an illness on the spot. Tired of getting sick during the winter months? Read on for the details and the regimen.

Cold and flu season are once again upon us. Between the changing weather, kids going back to school, and the air becoming dryer and cooler (thus allowing germs to spread more rapidly), we are in the trenches. But fear not! I have an amazing remedy to share with all of the adults out there who are adamantly trying to dodge your coworkers uncovered sneezes or your toddler’s sick little hand in your mouth.

There are may supplements on the market that are promising viral immunity, reducing cold durations, and many other claims that just always seem to fall short. The doses in these formulations are generally high in unnecessary ingredients and too low in dosages. Additionally, without the proper herbal combination, it’s unlikely to work. While this protocol may not be a cure to illness, it has proven itself to be highly effective for us and I hope it is for you as well.

So, without further ado, here are the three things you should consider taking if you are trying to prevent or stave off an unwanted viral infection.

Elderberry

Elderberry is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins that may boost your immune system. It is touted as one of the earth’s most healing plants and it’s use traces as far back as 400 B.C. These claims have been corroborated in several studies that found, when given to a person who is afflicted with a respiratory infection, elderberry reduced the severity of the virus and cut down the duration by 2 days. See the study published by NBCI here.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin found in many fruits and vegetables like oranges, strawberries, bell peppers, spinach, broccoli, and kale. Our bodies don’t naturally produce this vitamin, so it’s critical that we eat a diet that includes many sources of it.

Vitamin C is associated with higher antioxidant levels, reducing heart disease risk and blood pressure, improving iron absorption, reducing the risk of dementia, and many other things; but for today let’s look at it’s use in preventing illness.

Many studies have been done to understand the role that Vitamin C plays in preventing colds, and the biggest takeaway is that if you are in good physical shape and you exercise regularly, it may reduce your chances of getting a cold by 50% or more.

Echinacea

Echinacea is in the Daisy family and it grows in North America. It has been used in medicine for many centuries and is sold as extracts, supplements, and teas. There are three species that are used in herbal remedies: Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea pallida, and Echinacea purpurea. Echinacea has antimicrobial properties that are shown in studies to have an effect on the immune system.

Research has shown that echinacea increases the number of white blood cells, which helps your body fight infections. Additionally, according to this meta analysis, echinacea was effective in the prevention of the common cold among the test group.

So now that we know all of this, what about dosages?

We ask that you please discuss any herbs or supplements that you plan to take with your doctor first as they can interact with medications or may cause unwanted symptoms in people with conditions or allergies. These dosages are for adults only.

Here’s the deal. In order for this to work, you have to be ahead of the virus. If possible, try to start the regimen before you are actually sick (ex. your kids are sick) or within the first 24 hours of symptoms. Once an illness actually sets in, we can only reasonably suggest elderberry as a supportive agent.

This protocol has worked like a charm in our home for many years, even during pregnancy!

We suggest these doses for no more than 5 days:

  1. 2000mg two to three times a day of Vitamin C
  2. 1 tablespoon of Elderberry syrup 3 times per day
  3. 400mg Echinacea purpurea up to 7 times per day

And that’s it! Wishing you all a healthy and wonderful winter season. Feel free to leave us a comment and let us know how this worked for you!

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