The time of year is almost upon us when we begin to catch the common cold or even the flu. In a post on its site, Rodale Wellness recommends seven supplements that can help you fight back illness and not skip a beat this winter season.

The number one recommendation is plain-old Vitamin C. Specifically, 250-1,000 milligrams a day is recommended when you are under physical stress). It has been studied extensively and the results show that it can reduce the length of time that you have a cold by 20 percent. Vitamin C benefits people who have temporarily a lowered immune system due to exercise, environmental factors, or other stressors.

Other cold and flu treatment and prevention options include:

Pelargonium sidoides:  

A geranium found in South Africa and a part of Zulu medicine. Helps with treating bronchitis symptoms and can reduce the length of time that you have a cold to between 5-10 days.  

American ginseng:

Affects cells related to the immune system, such as macrophages, and increase antibodies. Reduces colds by 25 percent and can lower the time you have a cold too. Do not take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and may have reactions with certain drugs and alcohol.  

Brewer’s yeast:

Makes more compounds that help with your immunity and reduces the length you have the cold or flu and symptoms.  


A mineral found in the human body that can lower infection risk. Prevents viruses that carry colds from getting attached inside the nose and protects from toxins from these viruses. Can be toxic in large amounts.  


Small studies have been conducted on Elderberry and it has potential for treating cold

Andrographis paniculta:  

An herbal extract from India that has immune boosting and anti-inflammatory properties.

Vitamin D:  

Has some potential but only if your Vitamin D levels are already low.

Juice concentrate supplements:  

Supplements containing fruit and vegetable extracts.

Want to learn more about how supplements can help with cold and flu prevention and treatment? Read the full article here:  “7 Supplements for Cold and Flu Season