It’s the spring, which means colds, flus, and allergies are back in season. Did you know you can use vitamins for cold and flu relief? We mean vitamins — plural — too, it’s not just vitamin C. We at IV Revival are all about optimizing your health and we want you to have a safe and healthy spring. So today’s blog is dedicated to cold relief.
What is the Common Cold?
The common cold is a virus that most people get many times in their life. In fact, each year in the United States, there are millions of cases of the common cold. Adults have an average of 2-3 colds per year, and children have even more.
It’s not life threatening, but can be a nuisance to deal with. On top of that, it’s also highly contagious. According to the CDC, a sore throat and runny nose are usually the first signs of a cold, followed by coughing and sneezing. You can also experience headaches and body aches.
Most people recover from a cold in about 7-10 days.
You can help reduce your risk of getting a cold: wash your hands often, avoid close contact with sick people, and don’t touch your face with unwashed hands.
You can help reduce your risk of getting a cold by doing the following:
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Stay away from people who are sick
If you’re sick, stay home!.
You can also reduce your risk by taking vitamins for colds!
Vitamins for Cold and Flu Prevention
Certain vitamins are scientifically proven to prevent or shorten the duration of your cold or flu. You probably know about one of them: vitamin C.
While studies are mixed on whether or not vitamin C can prevent colds, it has been proven to shorten symptoms caused by the virus by 24-36 hours. Harvard Medical School reported that taking at least 200 milligrams of vitamin C per day reduced the duration of a cold by 24 hours in adults and children.
It may not seem like a lot, but 24 hours means everything when your symptoms can last up to 10 days! It’s faster relief!
The same study found that in physically active individuals, such as marathon runners, taking 200mg of vitamin C can cut the risk of getting a cold in half.
If you’re already sick, don’t worry about leaving your couch. We offer a mobile in home IV service, where our registered nurses come to your door. They’ll administer the IV and mix your treatment right in front of you, so you know that everything is fresh and nothing is pre-mixed. It’s all customized to fit your needs.
One session can take between 30 and 60 minutes.
Zinc Can Shorten a Cold
Research shows that taking zinc through the first few days of a cold can prevent and shorten the duration of your symptoms.
A study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine found that zinc can both prevent and shorten a cold. The pooled results of the 10 studies showed patients who took zinc had a shorter duration of cold symptoms by about one day. Additionally, two of the same studies found that taking zinc supplements substantially reduced the number of colds in participants.
The Mayo Clinic also reported that taking zinc helps reduce the length of a cold, especially when taken within 24 hours of the first signs and symptoms of a cold.
Glutathione for Cold Relief
We call glutathione the “mother of antioxidants” for a reason. It’s a powerhouse that boosts your immune system and repairs tissues. This means it helps protect you from so many things, including the common cold and the flu.
Emory University School of Medicine found that glutathione could protect against the production of the flu virus before the virus multiplied numerous times. In other words, it stops the virus from spreading in your system before it becomes a major problem!
Another study done by the Institute of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine had similar results! They gave one group glutathione and the other a placebo and exposed them to the flu virus. Only 25% of those who received glutathione got sick, compared to 79% of the placebo group! Those in the glutathione group also recovered faster!
So this spring, we think the answer is pretty obvious: stock up on these vitamins for cold relief, or give us a call! One of our trained and registered nurses will come to your door to deliver the relief you need, all in one convenient IV. Request an appointment today!