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What supplements should I take for a cold as a teen?

Daphne Oz
Health Education
Just follow this easy recipe and give your immune system the boost it needs to get you over a cold:
  • Vitamin D: 5,000 IU day 1, down to 2,500 until you're recovered. Taking cod liver oil is a great way to get vitamin D, which needs fat to be absorbed (otherwise you just pee it out).
  • Vitamin C: Increase intake from 500 to 1000 milligrams daily.
  • Echinacea (in capsule, tea, or tincture form): As directed on the label. Try Celestial Seasonings' Echinacea Complete Care Tea or Nature's Herbs' Echinacea Power. You can also try echinacea with added goldenseal, for boosted immune power.
  • Elderberry extract (in liquid, tea, or capsule form): Use as directed.
  • Zinc (lozenges): Take with food.
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