Protect yourself from that nonstop coughing coworker or your sneezing preschooler! Here’s what types of supplements you should take, how much, and how often, from The 17 Day Diet Breakthrough Edition.
Zinc: 11 mg total daily for men and 8 mg total daily for women
Vitamin C: 1,000 mg total daily
Folic acid: 400 mcg total daily
Ginseng: As directed
Why? Zinc, vitamin C, and folic acid all strengthen the immune system so it can better defend you against colds and all types of infections. Check the label of your multivitamin to see if the appropriate dosages are included, and if not, take them separately.
One more supplement to consider, but to use within reason, is ginseng. There have been conflicting reports over the years about its usefulness, but some of the most compelling research shows that it can be very beneficial to people suffering from chronic illnesses. As always, discuss supplements and their side effects with your doctor, but you should consider making this part of your regimen.