There are few things worse than spending hours on a long flight only to spend half your trip sick with a bug you picked up on the plane. Although you may be more likely to think of jet lag as the major downside of intercontinental air travel, it's very common for travelers to end up with a cold or even the flu after a long flight as well. Fortunately, research conducted last year at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, has identified a helpful step you can take to keep this from happening to you.
Researchers recognized that travelers often ended up suffering from upper respiratory troubles after a long flight. Knowing that elderberry has been shown to help fight colds effectively, they decided to investigate whether it could help airline passengers in particular. They recruited 312 economy-class passengers for a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. The passengers taking the supplement took 300 mg of a standardized, proprietary, membrane-filtered elderberry extract, which had previously been shown to be effective at fighting respiratory bacteria and influenza viruses. All of the passengers were flying out of Australia to a variety of overseas destinations. And the researchers asked them to keep track of any symptoms in a daily diary.
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When you're in an enclosed space with other people for hours on end, it can be hard to avoid exposure to their germs. Fortunately, this research shows that while you may not be able to escape an unwanted souvenir of the plane ride altogether, you can make it a lot easier to deal with. Try taking elderberry extract before and during your next trip to ensure you're protected both on the way there and on the way home. You can get European elderberry and many other immune-boosting nutrients in Advanced Greens Formula
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD