Q. Dear Terry, “I’ve started to do more traveling again for my personal and professional life. I’d like to know what you take to stay healthy while traveling?” – Sheila L., Sacramenta, CA
A. Dear Sheila, As someone who travels quite a bit, I think there are nutrients we can take to support our immune system while traveling. Elderberry is one of my favorite botanicals for the immune system. It is one of the best, most clinically studied herbs for fighting many viral illnesses, like colds and the flu. Research shows that elderberry disrupts viruses and can restore the body’s ability to fight them off – without the side effects or drug resistance that you see from prescription medications.
A recent clinical study involving 312 people traveling overseas found that Haschberg elderberry could significantly cut the risk of colds or the flu. Half of the passengers received elderberry and the other half received placebo. The passengers were surveyed for any cold or flu symptoms before, during, and after their flight. At the end of the study, the elderberry group had fewer illnesses compared to the placebo group. For those in the elderberry group who did get sick, their illness lasted only two-thirds as long as the placebo group, plus their symptoms were less severe.
I think elderberry works best when combined with other important immune system nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, magnesium, calcium lactate, zinc, selenium, and bioflavonoids.
I would take 2,500 IU of vitamin A (as retinyl acetate), 200 mg of vitamin C (as ascorbic acid), 3,000 IU of vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol), 15 IU of vitamin E (as d-alpha and mixed tocopherols), 41 mg of calcium (from calcium lactate), 6.7 mg of magnesium (as magnesium citrate), 15 mg of zinc (as zinc bisglycinate chelate), 150 mcg of selenium (from yeast), 50 mg of bioflavonoids from citrus, and 300 mg of elderberry fruit extract that is standardized to at least 12% anthocyanins. You could take these ingredients a few days or more before traveling, once or twice per day.
Additionally, you could consider propolis and andrographis for immune support.
I believe that taking 400 mg of andrographis daily would be an excellent choice for immune health. Look for an andrographis standardized to andrographolide content.
Make sure you use propolis that comes from a controlled and managed bee population, so the material provides consistent levels of bacteria, virus, and fungi fighting compounds. Look for a propolis that uses a patented method to filter out inactive resins and beeswax. For daily support, I would take 200 mg of propolis once per day for prevention and twice per day during active infections.
Terry . . . Naturally
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