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To help protect yourself from colds, flu and respiratory infections, it is wise to have a wellness kit on hand containing antiviral, antibacterial, immune enhancing and lung health remedies.
It is not known whether the remedies recommended for your wellness kit are effective against the COVID-19 virus, but since it is a virus, antiviral remedies may be helpful. In addition, supporting your immune system with immune enhancing supplements will help your body fight off infections. The better you can support the health of your body, the better you can resist illness.
Colds and flus are viral infections, but a bacterial infection can develop from weakness created by the virus. Upon the first sign of cold or flu-like symptoms, immediately take the supplements in your wellness kit. These remedies may be helpful in preventing an infection from taking hold, or if you contract one, reducing the severity and length of illness. You may want to increase the recommended daily dosage of the supplements while you are fighting off or treating an infection.
For your kit, select at least one or even better two, of the recommended supplement types for each of the health remedy categories listed below. Then pick a product brand under that category. For example, under the category "Natural antiviral and antibacterial remedies," select a product brand either under Colloidal Silver or Oregano Oil, but it's best to pick one from both types.
Natural antiviral and antibacterial remedies
Before man-made antibiotics, colloidal silver was used to treat infections. It is a destroyer of disease-causing organisms by disabling their oxygen metabolism enzyme. Take when you are fighting off or treating an infection. Do not take on an ongoing basis.
Sovereign Silver is a top-quality brand of colloidal silver.
Oregano oil is one of the most powerful germicidals known and a naturally-occurring antiviral agent. Oregano oil with its active ingredient carvacrol has been found to disrupt the viral membrane of viruses.
Hedd Wyn Essentials makes top of the line organic wild Mediterranean oregano oil. Zane Hella and Natural Factors provide top quality oregano oil in convenient capsule form.
Laboratory studies confirm the antiviral and antibacterial properties of garlic. Though garlic can be taken as a supplement, to get the full power of garlic’s antiviral and antibacterial properties, use raw garlic (preferably organic). Here is an easy way to take raw garlic: press a clove of the garlic through a garlic press onto the tip of a table knife. Then place the garlic from the knife at the back of your mouth or under your tongue. The minute the garlic leaves the knife into your mouth, swallow it with water (have the water ready). Doing it this way avoids garlic contacting your taste buds. It is suggested to do this after you have some food in your stomach. If you’re taking fresh garlic in-between meals, you may want to eat a cracker or something beforehand. You can do this throughout the day, even once every hour. Another way to consume fresh garlic is to blend it in blender drinks.
Number one recommended garlic-based supplement: Dr. Schulze’s Super Tonic which includes other herbs that help open and clear sinuses and lungs.
Top supplements to enhance your immune system
Echinacea is one of the strongest immune stimulators known and the star immune enhancing herb of North America. It stimulates your body to build more immune cells and then stimulates them into action. It can double and triple the amounts of T-cells and macrophages in your blood stream.
Dr. Schulze’s Echinacea Plus is the most potent on the market.
Beta 1 3-D Glucan
A super immune enhancer with the most amount of research is Beta 1 3-D Glucan which activates the immune response by activating the ability of macrophages to engulf and destroy foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria.
Recommended top-quality brand: Transfer Point Beta 1 3-D Glucan
Immune boosting mushrooms provide powerful immunity from their mycelium and fruit bodies. These mushrooms provide polysaccharides to stimulate the activity of natural killer cells and macrophages.
Recommended brands are Host Defense My Community, Mushroom Wisdom Maitake D-Fraction Pro, or RM-12 by Garden of Life.
The most beneficial vitamins and mineral for your immune system
It’s very important to consume vitamin C and vitamin D to maintain optimum immune systems. It is recommended to take both on-going for preventative health.
For maintenance, a natural form of vitamin C made from whole food sources is preferred.
Recommended brands: NutriGold Vitamin C Gold, Pure Synergy Pure Radiance C, or Dr. Schulze’s Super C Plus
For your wellness kit, it is best to have on hand high-dose vitamin C to help fight off infection. It is difficult to get cost effective levels of high-dose vitamin C using the whole food form. To do that, ascorbic acid does the job, but most ascorbic acid is made from GMO corn and made in China. One excellent non-GMO brand is Sufficient C, which is in powdered form providing 2,000 mg of vitamin C per scoop. Upon the first signs of cold or flu-like symptoms, take a scoop every couple of hours during the day. Your body should handle high-dose vitamin C levels, but you will know if you have reached your vitamin C tolerance when you start having loose stools.
An optimal level of vitamin D in your body is essential for immune support and protection against respiratory infections. The recommended form is vitamin D3 as it is more effective in raising the level of vitamin D in your body. Listed are brands that provide natural vitamin D from a unique plant called lichen.
Recommended brands: Pure Therapro Vegan D3+K2 or Whole Earth & Sea Vitamin D3
Having an adequate zinc level in your body is critical to support your immune function. It’s best to take a food form of zinc supplement.
Recommended brand: Megafood Zinc
Remedies for lung health
To help clear and open lung passageways, we recommend these supplements for your wellness kit: Dr. Schulze’s Lung Tonic and Ridgeway Herbals Clear Lungs Extra Strength (blue label).
Aromatherapy is also a valuable treatment for the health of your lungs. You can use an aromatherapy diffuser to permeate the air you breathe to deliver certain essential oils to your lungs that are antiviral and antibacterial in combination with other oils that help open and clear your lungs.
Antiviral and antibacterial essential oils for your wellness kit: tea tree oil, oregano and clove oil are among the most antimicrobial essential oils.
Eucalyptus oil is the go-to essential oil for coughs, colds, bronchitis and congestion of the upper respiratory tract.
Combine one or more of the antimicrobial oils with eucalyptus oil in an aromatherapy diffuser and then place the diffuser where it permeates the air with the mist of the essential oils so you can breathe it into your lungs. Doing this when you are sleeping or watching TV is an especially good time. Set up the diffuser on a bed stand and have your diffuser high enough so the essential oil mist will float down over your head so you can breathe it in all night while you sleep. Keep the door closed so that it better holds the diffused oil in an enclosed space.
The quality of the essential oil is key to its effectiveness. The top of the line brands are Young Living and doTerra. Revive is also a high-quality brand. Besides carrying the individual essential oils recommended, these brands make their own blends that are helpful for respiratory congestion and infections.
Young Living—Young Living makes an oil blend called Thieves that would be powerful to use in your diffuser.
doTerra—do Terra makes a great respiratory blend called Breathe for clearing the airways.
Revive—Revive’s version of Young Living Thieves is called Immunity Boost.
Other products for your wellness kit
Dr. Schulze’s Throat & Tonsil spray - to disinfect your throat. Most flu and colds start in your throat and sinuses and then move to your lungs. Use this product to help stop the infection while still in your throat.
Use Olbas Lozenges to soothe sore throats.
In conclusion, the possible exposure to viruses and bacteria is a fact of life. Once exposed, the microorganisms can invade and multiply very quickly. It makes sense to get prepared, and stay prepared. Your wellness kit will empower you so you can take aggressive action at the first sign that you are coming down with an infection. This way, you have a chance to stop the infection before it takes hold or reduce the severity and length of illness.
The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the statements above. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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When choosing which CoQ10 product to buy, it is important to determine the quality of the ingredients when making your decision. The better the quality of the ingredients, the more effective and healthier the CoQ10 product.
The first thing you want to look for is that the CoQ10 is manufactured by Kaneka. Kaneka CoQ10 is the only 100% pure yeast fermented CoQ10 with none of the impurities that synthetically processed CoQ10 contains. Much of the other CoQ10 on the market is processed using bacteria or tobacco derivatives. Kaneka CoQ10 is also the only CoQ10 made in the USA. Virtually all other CoQ10 is made in China (Beware, many CoQ10 supplements say, “Made in USA” on their label, even though they don’t use Kaneka CoQ10.) There are two forms of CoQ10 sold. When buying the conventional ubiquinone form of CoQ10, look for Kaneka Q10© under Supplement facts; and when buying the advanced ubiquinol form, look for Kaneka Ubiquinol®.
When you purchase the UBIQUINOL form of CoQ10 (Kaneka Ubiquinol®), it is already in the form most utilized by your cells whereas conventional CoQ10 (ubiquinone) has to be converted by your body into Ubiquinol in order to create cellular energy and work as an antioxidant. As you age, experience illness, stress, fatigue, or take prescription drugs, your body’s ability to produce and convert ubiquinone to ubiquinol declines. Scientific studies confirm Ubiquinol to be significantly more bioavailable than conventional CoQ10 ubiquinone. In addition, Kaneka Ubiquinol® is an active antioxidant, whereas ubiquinone is not.
Check to make sure it is a non-GMO product. Some CoQ10 products use soy oil or soy lecithin in their softgel capsules. Most soy oil or soy lecithin is made from soybeans that are genetically modified.
Softgel capsules add a coloring agent in order to protect the ingredients in the capsule from degradation and for eye appeal. It’s best to avoid capsules using caramel coloring or titanium dioxide. Some forms of caramel coloring, which is an artificial coloring, contain a potentially carcinogenic chemical called “4-Mel”. Titanium dioxide, which is a common ingredient in sunscreen, has been labeled as a possible carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It’s healthier to choose capsules colored with annatto or carob, which are natural colorings. Annatto is a plant source coloring derived from the seeds of the achiote tree, and carob comes from the fruit of the carob tree.
Some brands of CoQ10 products add an ingredient to increase absorption. One of those ingredients is Polysorbate 80, which is an unnatural synthetic compound that is not considered healthy by many in the health industry. Animal test studies have shown adverse health effects, especially connected with bowel conditions. A healthier ingredient for extra enhanced CoQ10 absorption is medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), a natural ingredient from coconut oil or/and palm oil. Another healthy absorption enhancer used is black pepper extract.
Many supplements contain questionable additives and/or fillers that are unnecessary in a CoQ10 product. Types of ingredients to avoid are magnesium stearate, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners and preservatives. In addition, it’s best to avoid rice powder or flour, which is used as a filler. Most rice has been found tainted with arsenic. Another filler that is better avoided is cellulose powder as it is made from wood and has been linked to digestive problems and inflammation.
If you are allergic to one or more food ingredients (or think you may be), look for a hypoallergenic product that is free of common allergens such as gluten, wheat, soy, peanuts/tree nuts, fish/shellfish, eggs, dairy or corn.
To receive uncompromising ingredient quality in a CoQ10 product, Ultimate CoQ10 UBIQUINOL avoids the unhealthy ingredients referred to in this article and contains only the recommended healthy ingredients.
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The CoQ10 found in supplements comes in two forms: either ubiquinone or ubiquinol. Both forms exist naturally in your blood, but ubiquinone has to be converted by your body into ubiquinol in order to obtain all the health benefits associated with CoQ10. Ubiquinol is the predominant form comprising 90% of the CoQ10 in the blood of a healthy young person.
The first CoQ10 in supplemental form appeared on the market over 30 years ago in the ubiquinone form. Because it was the initial form and has been around for so long, it is the most recognized form and thus is referred to as the conventional, standard or regular form of CoQ10 and it is what is being referred to when the word “CoQ10” is used.
The ubiquinol form was less stable and it was not discovered how to stabilize it for supplementation until 2007 when Kaneka Nutrients introduced Kaneka Ubiquinol. This advanced form is referred to specifically as “ubiquinol, CoQ10 ubiquinol or ubiquinol Coq10.”
This was a major breakthrough in CoQ10 supplementation. By supplementing CoQ10 in the ubiquinol form, your body does not have to convert it from ubiquinone to ubiquinol, and thus it is already in the form your body can use. This is important because in your body, the natural conversion of ubiquinone to ubiquinol declines as you age. It also declines if you experience illness, stress, fatigue or take prescription drugs, especially statins. The resulting reduced levels in turn lead to a decrease in the health of your body. Age-related conversion decline starts in your thirties and declines as you get older. Because of this conversion reduction, conventional CoQ10 supplementation becomes less and less effective as you age, whereas ubiquinol bypasses the conversion process and is utilized directly by your body. Studies confirm ubiquinol to be significantly better absorbed and more effective than conventional CoQ10.
Another benefit of ubiquinol is that it is a powerful antioxidant. Ubiquinone is not, so although some conventional CoQ10 products are advertised as an antioxidant, actually they are not. You will notice on the label of some ubiquinol products, it will say, “Active Form of CoQ10”. Ubiquinol is referred to as the “active” form because it is an active antioxidant, and it is actively promoting cellular energy. The problem with conventional CoQ10 is that your body must convert it into ubiquinol before it becomes active as an antioxidant, and before it can help make the cellular energy your heart and other organs need to function properly.
Beware, some conventional CoQ10 brands falsely promote their products as containing ubiquinol, so be sure and check that ubiquinol is listed on the product label.
If you are under 30 years old, in excellent health and leading a healthy balanced life, conventional CoQ10 would be acceptable to consume. Otherwise, ubiquinol is the superior form of CoQ10 supplementation offering significantly more benefits than conventional CoQ10.
Know the source of the CoQ10 you buy!
Not all CoQ10 is the same. The first thing you want to look for is that the CoQ10 is Kaneka Q10© or is derived from it as is the case with Kaneka Ubiquinol®.
Kaneka Q10© is the only 100% pure yeast fermented CoQ10 with none of the impurities that synthetically processed CoQ10 contains, and it is the only CoQ10 made in the USA. Virtually all other CoQ10 is made in China with many of them processed using bacteria or tobacco derivatives. Beware, many CoQ10 supplements say “Made in USA” on their label, even though they don’t use Kaneka Q10©.
Kaneka Q10© is bio-identical to the CoQ10 produced within your body. It is the most thoroughly researched CoQ10 available with 40 years of manufacturing, safety and clinical studies.
To know if the CoQ10 is Kaneka Q10© or Kaneka Ubiquinol®, check the label under “Supplement Facts” and it will be specifically listed as such. In addition, Kaneka requires that the Kaneka Quality Seal is displayed on the label of all brands carrying their CoQ10. See their ubiquinol quality seal on Ultimate CoQ10 UBIQUINOL denoting the finest quality CoQ10 available.
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