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You vs. flu: 7 supplements to combat illness

As the days get shorter and cooler, the annual cold and flu season surely can’t be far behind. But this winter, it’s not going to get you—right? Assembling a natural tool kit now will ensure you’re prepared to prevent and self-treat the common cold and influenza. First, choose the most effective, science-based natural remedies; then pay close attention to timing and doses—how much to take and when.

Boost immunity

Start by reducing your risk of getting the common cold or flu, or at least minimizing the symptoms.

Vitamin D

Researchers believe wintertime susceptibility to the flu and colds may be related to less sunlight exposure and lower vitamin D production. Vitamin D regulates several germ-fighting immune factors, and recent studies show supplementing with D can cut the risk of contracting the flu.

Dose: 2,000 IU daily during fall and winter, or up to 4,000 IU if recommended by your health care provider after blood testing.

N-acetylcysteine (NAC)

This potent antioxidant boosts the body’s response to infection. In one study, Italian researchers found that seniors taking NAC had flu antibodies in their blood, so had been infected with the flu, but they exhibited virtually no symptoms.

Dose: 600 mg twice daily, or up to several grams daily if you do catch a cold.


An analysis of 14 studies published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases found that this popular traditional herb does help fight the common cold. And University of Connecticut researchers noted it reduced the odds of developing a cold by 58 percent, and helped speed recovery among those who did catch one. Dose:  Choose a standardized echinacea extract in tincture form; follow label directions.

Find relief

Be ready to aggressively fight a cold or flu on the first day you notice any symptoms, such as sneezing or achiness. Fast action can suppress viral replication and also modulate your immune response, which is responsible for many of the uncomfortable symptoms.

Zinc lozenges

In an analysis of 1,360 people in 15 studies, researchers reported that zinc lozenges do reduce the length of colds and symptoms—if people start taking them within 24 hours of their first cold symptoms. Zinc may work by inhibiting the growth of cold viruses.

Dose: As a general rule, suck on one 13-mg lozenge every two to three hours.

Vitamin C

Although vitamin C may not reduce your chances of contracting a cold or flu, research indicates it can reduce an infection’s symptoms and length.

Dose: Aim for 2,000–6,000 mg of C daily in divided doses; reduce dose if digestive upset results. If you have a sensitive tummy, opt for the gentler Ester-C form.


Antioxidant-rich elderberry extract can significantly reduce flu symptoms, including fever. According to The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 90 percent of the people in a 40-person study experienced a “complete cure” within two to three days.

Dose: Opt for sugar-free elderberry syrup, and follow label directions for use.


If you feel achy, try Oscillococcinum (pronounced os-sil-uh-cox-suh-num), a homeopathic remedy that can ease flu symptoms if taken within 48 hours of the first symptoms. Studies found significant symptom reduction after two days of taking the remedy, and a skeptical medical review acknowledged results were “promising.”

Dose: Follow label directions for use.


You may be able to reduce your supplements’ doses after a few days, but be careful. If your symptoms recur, you may be suffering from a temporary deficiency and need to maintain a relatively high vitamin C intake. To fight flu-related fatigue, consider adding coenzyme Q10 and L-carnitine, vitamin-like nutrients that naturally enhance energy production. 

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We are looking for someone to update this web site on a regular basis, make frequent Facebook postings, coordinate and send out emails to our customers, start a Tweeting program and other forms of electronic media marketing. While we expect to work with you to establish these programs and provide you with regular content, we expect that you will have the basic skills to do this type of work without training by us. There can be some financial consideration, but we would like much of the compensation to be in store credit. It's all negotiable. If you are interested or know someone who may be please talk to Malissa or Doug. 

On Sale This Month

For the entire month of November, 2013, all Country Life, Iron Tek and Biochem products are discounted 25%. Whether you buy just one, or want a year’s supply for everyone you know, there is no limit. So check it out. It’s a great deal you shouldn’t pass up. Click the links for more information or just come in the store and get some great deals on high quality products.

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For information on joining our Healthy Rewards program ask any clerk at the store. For every $100 you spend you get a $5 certificate good on any future purchase.
Valley Springs’ Other Grocery Store
Many people think they can’t afford to shop in a health food store. Think Again! Many of our grocery, produce, dairy and frozen items are priced LESS than the local super market for identical or comparable items. Check us out for that quick half gallon of milk or whatever you forgot and need in a hurry. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

So it only makes sense for you to buy all your natural groceries, vitamins and other health products at Health Habit  and let us help you …
Make Good Health Your Best Habit.

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Health Habit, Your Green Gourmet Store
Health Habit is Valley Springs’ complete health food store featuring “green” gourmet products including organic produce, groceries, meats, dairy, herbs, bulk foods, cosmetics, vitamins and more. We carry many national brands including Solaray, Source Naturals, Country Life, Barleans, Renew Life, KAL, New Chapter, Natural Factors, Health Aid, Boiron, Planetary Herbals, Iron Tek, Biochem, Nature’s Life, Jarrow and Nature’s Plus among many others. We offer a buying club, health assessments, a health calculator, healthy recipes and coupons plus much more.

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