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How to Beef Up Your Immune System

Updated: Mar 25, 2022

Daily news reports the spread of the coronavirus and the uncertainty of treatment. Although some vaccines have been made available yet the treatment is uncertain, there are over-the-counter supplements that have shown to have antiviral properties and to support the #ImmuneSystem.

Although the following have not been validated as effective specifically for COVID- 19, they are nevertheless advisable at the onset of symptoms of influenza and viral upper respiratory tract infections and to help maintain a healthy immune system.

  1. Zinc: Supports the immune system.

  2. Garlic: Antiviral. Take with food to minimize #stomach irritation.

  3. Vitamin C: Fights infection and can lessen cold and flu #symptoms.

  4. Vitamin D: Supports the immune system. Higher levels are associated with a decreased risk of seasonal viral infection and acute respiratory #infections.

  5. Vitamin E: Potent antioxidant. Supports the immune system.

  6. Cimetidine: A heartburn drug that has potent immune-enhancing properties. It is sold in pharmacies, over the counter.

  7. Melatonin: Helps with sleep, is an #antioxidant, supports the immune system. Take at bedtime.

  8. Selenium: Powerful antioxidant, #AntiInflammatory, #antiviral, and immune support.

  9. Green Tea: contains a powerful antioxidant called epigeal location gallate (EGCG), which has been used to fight influenza for 4700 years.

  10. DHEA: Support for the immune system

  11. Probiotics and prebiotics: Support the immune system, and antiviral

  12. Elderberry: Rich source of antioxidants, and can help with #influenza.

If you have signs of the flu (sudden high fever, fatigue, cough, congestion, or sore throat), you should call a health care provider immediately.



Dr. Kathleen Ireland Gregg is a Naturopath/ Physiotherapist at Heath Matters: A center for Wellness. Reach her at (517) 641-8000 or email:

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