According to the CDC, there have been over 25,000 laboratory-confirmed hospitalizations due to influenza between October 1, 2017 and March 10, 2018. Once someone has contracted the flu, prescription antiviral medications are often recommended. But these drugs (like oseltamivir and zanamivir) are not without possible side effects including nausea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, anxiety, mood changes and more. Oseltamivir has even been linked to delirium and self-harm in teenagers. Meanwhile, over-the-counter flu medicines also come with their share of possible risks.
I believe the strongest flu defense and treatment comes from food, herbs and supplements that build up the immune system; when the immune system is strong, the body is better able to fight off viruses and bacteria without the aid of synthetic drugs.
Here are some of my favorite remedies that boost the immune system and fight the flu.