It seems like whenever I’m on an airplane, I come down with a cold or just don’t feel well afterwards.
Q. Dear Terry, “I travel quite a bit for my job. It seems like whenever I’m on an airplane, I come down with a cold or just don’t feel well afterwards. What can I take to prevent this from happening?” — John F., Philadelphia, PA.
A. Dear John, Between the lack of oxygen, poor air quality, and being exposed to many passengers in a confined space, our immune system is definitely challenged when we are in an airplane. Did you know that a recent study found that 60% of airplane tray tables were contaminated with the superbug MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) versus just 3% of work offices and 6% of public restrooms?
One of my favorite botanicals when I’m traveling is elderberry. An Australian study found that taking elderberry while traveling cuts the risk of colds or flu in half. In this study, for the people taking elderberry that did get sick, their illness time was shorter and they had less severe symptoms than the placebo group.
Elderberry acts against viruses by neutralizing the virus particles so they cannot enter your cells and it helps with immune system activation, which can help control the spread of viral infections. The elderberry I recommend is very safe and can be taken daily.
This special elderberry is freeze-dried and standardized for 15% anthocyanins, which are strong supporters for your immune system. I also think vitamins A, C, and D3, along with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and bioflavonoids, work synergistically with elderberry to keep your immune system functioning optimally. All of these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, or immune-supportive properties.
I would take 200 mg of elderberry per day plus the other supportive ingredients. When extra support is needed, like traveling, you can increase to 200 mg of elderberry every three to four hours.
Terry . . . Naturally