You have probably seen the television ads promoting the flu shot this year. Many people who get the flu shot would benefit from more natural alternatives. While it is recommended for those over the age of 65 or with weakened immune systems to get the shot, many younger people would benefit from natural immune building alternatives to prevent the flu, such as:
Natural Immune-Building Alternatives To Try Instead Of The Flu Shot
N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) is an amino acid that is often sold as an immune support supplement. Medical doctors have been using this amino acid to loosen mucus in patients suffering from chronic bronchitis.
In recent studies, NAC has been proven to prevent H1N1 flu symptoms in two-thirds of patients. The study also revealed that those who took NAC twice a day either did not catch the flu or had milder symptoms. When finding an NAC supplement, speak with us here at The Compounding Pharmacy of America for more information on the best and most natural supplement.
Zinc And Selenium
Recent studies have shown the minerals Zinc and Selenium can drastically increase the antibody response to cold and flu viruses. People who took 20 milligrams of zinc and 100 micrograms of selenium a day were less likely to develop a respiratory illness such as a cold or the flu over a two-year period.
Glutathione is responsible for the immune support against the flu. This compound is found in a variety of foods such as avocado, squash, and watermelon. During the winter months, it may be difficult to find these types of foods so you may need to supplement your intake of glutathione.
While many people know that vitamin D is important for healthy and strong bones, few know the immune support provided by Vitamin D. Many people do not get enough vitamin D in their daily diet and should take a natural supplement to increase the benefits. Studies have shown that 40 percent of people with low vitamin D levels will come down with a respiratory infection such as the flu.
Specialized Compounding Combinations
Each of these vitamins and minerals are proven to improve your immune function. Always speak to your doctor before using, but combining two or more of these vitamins and minerals can give you an even stronger immune response.
We can create a special compounding combination of these supplements based on your individual needs. By taking the necessary supplements, many healthy individuals will be able to forego the flu shot this year. However, in addition to these natural alternatives, remember, that if you are over the age of 65 or have a weakened immune system, speak with your doctor about the importance of getting the flu shot.
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Chief Operating Officer, The Compounding Pharmacy of America
Matthew Poteet, Pharm.D. graduated with Honors from Lee University with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Science. After his undergraduate training, he completed the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy, graduating in 2004. Dr. Poteet has spent much of his pharmacy career on staff at two of the most prestigious academic teaching hospitals in the Southeast; Emory University in Atlanta and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. At these institutions he received extensive experience and training in sterile products compounding.
He returned home to East Tennessee in 2010, where he has held the position of Pharmacy Director at two sterile products pharmacies in Knoxville. Matthew lives in Knoxville with his wife, Chris. Dr. Poteet is Tennessee’s first Board Certified Anti-Aging Pharmacist by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.