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Immunity boosters are a popular product during cold and flu season. Many people spend thousands of dollars on supplements. The U.S. supplement market is worth $6.1 billion, and a single supplement bottle could run you $20 or more. The best supplements for your money aren’t expensive. In fact, it’s the basics that can help you stay the healthiest.

Supplements for immunity

There are some supplements widely believed to be good for your immunity. Usually you can pay between $6 and $15 for 100 tablets of Echinacea, a popular prevention and treatment medication for colds. However, placebos have the same effect as Echinacea, according to a New England Journal of Medicine study discovered on cold symptoms being prevented or treated. A lot of the time, herbs are helpful for symptoms. Still, anything trendy probably won’t help when it comes to immunity.

When it comes to supplements for immunity, these four are best

  1. The effectiveness of placebos was compared to Andrographis, or Kan Jang. This drug did better than placebos.
  2. Many have used elderberry to treat for common illnesses. It has been used for ages. An elderberry extract called Sambucol has been shown to prevent virus growth, thanks to strong antioxidants.
  3. With respiratory infections, honeysuckle has been shown to be really beneficial. Using honeysuckle leaves, stems and berries in a tea can help with mucus as much as over the counter drugs.
  4. Vitamin C has long been touted as an immune booster, and it does help. It won’t prevent you from getting a cold, but it could help shorten it. Don’t go overboard with it though. You will end up just losing anything more than 400 milligrams a day that you take.

If you’re paying for supplements, know you are getting the most

Make sure you spend your money right if trying to get supplements for immunity. Check for reactions to other medications you are taking along with the supplement. The FDA’s list of alerts for dietary supplements should be checked as well. This will help you to know all safety issues associated with the supplements first.

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