Prescription for cold

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Supplements for cold and flu


has discussed several supplements and strategies on the that may help with the prevention and treatment of colds and the flu:

  1. Zinc Supplementation: It has been suggested that supplementing with zinc can lead to a three times faster recovery from colds, with a recommended dosage close to 90-100 milligrams per day of zinc acetate to reduce the duration of a cold 1.

  2. Vitamin D Supplementation: Supplementation with vitamin D can reduce the risk of acute respiratory tract infections, and is generally recommended in doses of 1000-2000 International Units (IU) per day. However, those needing higher levels due to deficiency may require higher doses after consulting with a healthcare provider 2.

  3. N-Acetylcysteine (NAC): NAC, which increases levels of glutathione (a key antioxidant), has been shown to have a mucolytic effect and may be beneficial in preventing and treating colds and flus. The recommended preventative dosage is about 1200 milligrams per day, divided into two doses 3.

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  4. Echinacea: The data supporting the use of echinacea for colds and flus is not strong. Some studies indicate that high doses of echinacea might interfere with immune system function. It is suggested that if one chooses to use echinacea, it should be in the short term 4.

Always consult with a healthcare provider before taking any new supplements or changing your health regimen.