Six Healing Nutrients to Take at the First Signs of the Flu

Incorporate these supplements and foods into your family’s daily regimen and you will be rewarded with a healthier, stronger family.

If, like many of our readers, you’re relieved that the end of one of the worst flu seasons in recent decades is in sight, an announcement by the CDC will come as an unwelcome surprise. The agency has warned that a second wave of flu has already begun and is likely to most severely affect young children.

Fox 2 Now recently reported that though the number of patients with the A-strain H3N2 flu virus has continued to steadily decline, there has been a steady uptick in the number of diagnoses of people with B-strain viruses. Though these strains are not as severe as the A-strains, they can still make you very ill and tend to be more severe in little kids.

While the medical community is already using this as yet another opportunity to pitch the merits of the toxic (and ineffective) flu vaccine, there are other, safer ways to boost immunity and get your family ready to beat the flu.

As Lifezette’s Jonny Bowden Ph.D., CNS, notes, it makes sense to “work with the body to shore up its natural defenses before reaching for pharmaceutical treatments. If your immune system is well-nourished and healthy, it will withstand challenges a lot better.”

Bowden is a board-certified nutritionist and the best-selling author of 15 natural health books. He recommends six natural immune boosters that are effective and don’t cause harmful side effects, and which should be taken at the very first signs of a cold or the flu.

Healthline reports that these signs include:

  • FatigueBody pain
  • A cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Gastrointestinal issues

In the case of children, also look out for fever accompanied by a rash; low fluid intake; difficulty urinating; crying without tears; lack of appetite; an inability to wake up or a lack of interaction.

Of course, if symptoms persist or worsen it may be worth taking your child to see their pediatrician.

Immune boosters provided by nature


This herb can prevent the flu or lessen its effects, and Bowden suggests taking between 300 and 500 mg three times per day. A study published in the journal Current Therapeutic Research in 2015, found that echinacea is just as effective as the antiviral drug Tamiflu at speeding recovery from the flu.


Bowden recommends taking 15 mg of this important mineral every day and increasing the dose to 50 mg a day at the first signs of illness. He notes that zinc is essential to the development of white blood cells, which play a vital role in determining the strength of your immune system. 


Cherries and other berries contain compounds called anthocyanins which fight inflammation, making them powerful disease fighters. Try to incorporate one or two servings of berries in your daily meal planning, especially during flu season.

Black elderberry extract:

This powerful immune booster is sold at pharmacies under the name “Sambucol.” Bowden recommends taking one or two capfuls a day during flu season, increasing to three caps at the first signs of flu or other illness. He notes:

One Israeli study took a group of people who were “coming down with something” and gave half of them Sambucol and half a placebo. The Sambucol group were back in action almost four full days before their placebo counterparts. Black elderberry is good to take even if you’re not sick, as it helps charge up your complex immune system.

Vitamin C:

This well-researched vitamin is a powerful antioxidant proven to protect against free radicals. Bowden recommends taking 1,000 mg a day during flu season, as well as increasing consumption of foods high in vitamin C, including citrus fruits, yellow bell peppers, kale, and guavas.


Garlic has a long and illustrious career as a natural way to ward off disease. It was known as the Russian penicillin during World War II because the government issued it as a disease treatment when its troops ran out of antibiotics. Garlic should be eaten fresh or chopped up finely and added to food near the end of cooking time.

Incorporate these supplements and foods into your family’s daily regimen and you will be rewarded with a healthier, stronger family, fully equipped to fight off the flu.

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Mike Adams

Mike Adams, the "Health Ranger," is an outspoken consumer health advocate, award-winning investigative journalist, internet activist and science lab director.

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Jackie Wilushewski

I’ve heard of the magic of garlic before but didn’t think of it in this way. I am very pleased to know these other nutrients as well. Thank you!

Dale Morrissey
Dale Morrissey

I recently learned that kale is very bad for our digesting system.

Melissa Rose Rothschild

Love this information! Thank you Mike !


Thank God for the healing power of nature. My daily dose of plant-based supplements and fruit/vegetable smoothies keeps me away from meds.

Thank you for sharing Adam, Jenni and Bryant. Namaste

Mary Duvall
Mary Duvall

This is a recipe my grandmother made if we got a cold…the flu……pneumonia. Peel and chop up 1 small onion….2 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped up. Put in food processor or blender add 1/4 cup of sugar……make into puree. Put in air tight container and refrigerate. Use 1- tbsp warm in microwave for30-45 seconds. Eat this 4 times for 3days then 3times a day for the next 3 days.


Echchinacea ,Vitamin D3 liquid plus Zinc Lozenges seem to keep a cold virus free zone in my personal experience.
Plus Importantabtly Probiotics & Prebiotic
*Good ideas here

Julia Kinandu

Awesome article.Im just recovering from flu and thanks for the natural way of dealing with the problem.
I will incorporate these in our diet. 🤗

Tiffany Newsome
Tiffany Newsome

Great to know. I will try to get a head start on this next week.

Suzan Muhialdeen
Suzan Muhialdeen

Awesome article thank you for the very good informations and advices which helps to recover from flu , during the flu i usually drink a cup of hot milk with half boiled egg, and i focus also on soups and natural juices and I don’t eat any fray meals ,also this way helps to recover faster .

Vasudevan Bhattathir

This is a useful good information this can be tried in our home without any problem
thank you for such information which will benefit thousands of people