Herbal Remedies for Cough, Cold & Flu

For centuries, people have used herbal remedies to help strengthen their immune systems, especially during the winter months.

If you’re considering herbal medicines or remedies, remember they contain active ingredients made from the plant, its leaves, roots or flowers. Although natural, this doesn’t mean they’re necessarily safe to take. Always ask your local Alphega pharmacist for advice and more information and always tell them what medicines you’re already taking.

Here are our top herbal remedies to help fight cold & flu

Taken at the first sign of cold and flu symptoms, Echinacea can help to increase the body's resistance to infection, making it better able to deal with colds.

Garlic is another winter winner – it’s believed to help strengthen your immune system and odourless supplements provide a concentrated boost.

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Vitamins and Minerals to help prevent coughs and colds

As the winter season reaches the busy Christmas period, it’s important to make sure you are taking on the right vitamins and minerals to keep you fit and healthy during this busy period.

Vitamin C is found in a variety of fruits and vegetables and is an essential vitamin to take during the winter months as it‘s required for the growth and repair of tissues, as well as being a well-known antioxidant.

Zinc a vital mineral for maintaining the body's defences. It helps support a healthy immune system which can help fight off and prevent the common cold. Make sure you get yours by eating lots of beans, lentils, nuts and seeds.

Selenium is an antioxidant and is found in brazil nuts, wheatgerm and sunflower seeds.

Vitamin D helps us maintain healthy bones and helps the body absorb calcium. Production is stimulated in your body by sunlight. Eat plenty of oily fish, margarine and meat.

Calcium helps maintain healthy bones and teeth. Get yours from dairy products, canned fish and leafy, green vegetables.

If you need further advice about how selecting the right Vitamins and Minerals can benefit your family's health please visit our Pharmacy Locator and pop into your local Alphega Pharmacy.