Immune System Boost
By Christine Cheng, R.Ph.
Q: Other than Echinacea, what else can I use to give my immune system a boost during the cold and flu season?
A: Adequate rest and fluids as well as proper hygiene (i.e., handwashing) are important tools in helping keep you from getting sick during this time of year. In addition to using Echinacea-based products (e.g., ESBERITOX® or PASCOLEUCYN®) if you are starting to feel a cold coming on, you could use a product like IMMUNOSMART™ on a daily basis to strengthen the immune system. This product combines beta-glucans, which help to balance and normalize the immune response with vitamin C and zinc, both of which improve the response of immune cells when they encounter viruses such as those responsible for colds and flus.