The best way to avoid getting sick is to get the flu shot, and wash your hands and surfaces frequently.
Making sure your immune system is healthy is also a good idea. General self-care including exercise, proper nutrition and sufficient sleep are key.
Can certain supplements boost your immune function? There actually is data showing that elderberry juice has anti-viral properties and can help ward off infections. I've wondered about this, because elderberry products are now everywhere, so I went and found some peer-reviewed journal articles.
Recently, I was sent a bottle of Sambucus Gummies to try. They contain elderberry juice, Vitamin C and zinc. Vitamin C can shorten the duration of colds and flus, and zinc can also boost immune function.
They taste awesome, which isn't a surprise, but I don't love that they are made with sugar. The company does make a sugar-free liquid form of this product, however, and that would be my preference.
Over the past few weeks both Adam and the girls have started getting mild symptoms and tried the gummies to see what would happen. Nobody developed a full-blown cold or flu. Is this the work of the gummies? Who knows, 3 people does not make for a scientific study!
Both Adam and Little A seem to have picked up another bug this week, so we're back on the gummy wagon and hopefully both of them will fight it off.
It is nice to know that there is a product that is safe to give kids, since it is not permitted to give them standard cough or cold remedies. If you're a parent, you know how awful it is to have to look at your sick child and shrug your shoulders because there is nothing you can offer them for relief. At least with Nature Way's Sambucus products, you know what your are giving your kids is safe, and may shorten the duration of their illness or ward off a full-blown infection.
I recommend going with the sugar-free liquid, however, as these are essentially candy, which my kids are only too happy to eat, regardless of whether they are coming down with something.
Disclosure: I was sent these products at no charge but all opinions on this blog are my own.