Tamiflu is an antiviral medication that can be prescribed to help shorten the duration of the flu if taken within 24-48 hours but it can cause side effects such as headache, nausea, vomiting, and hallucinations. Some people are weary of the side effects or missed the window to take Tamiflu. There are alternative therapies to help fight and treat the flu, as well as support the immune system.
What are natural remedies for the flu?
Vitamin D: Lowers inflammation and increases antimicrobial proteins to fight against viruses. A study showed that those who take Vitamin D recover faster from the flu.
Vitamin C: Has been found to upregulate the immune system to help fight against viral infections.
Elderberry: Has antiviral, anti inflammatory, and antioxidants properties.
Zinc & Selenium: Both are important for the immune system and can reduce the duration of the virus if taken within 24 hours of symptoms starting.
Echinacea: While no studies have shown that echinacea can treat flu, it an reduce severity of symptoms.