Planning a long-overdue vacation or trip to visit family or friends? Taking elderberry extract 10 days before traveling (and continuing for five days after you return) will help you enjoy your trip to the fullest. Australian scientists found that folks who did so when embarking on a flight had 22% fewer respiratory infection symptoms and recovered two days faster than those who didn’t take elderberry. What’s more, a Swedish study found that taking elderberry extract at the first sign of symptoms reduced participants’ flu duration by three days. Credit goes to anthocyanins, which blunt the ability of viruses to invade cells. One to try: New Nordic Elderberry Gummies (NewNordicUSA.com)
An easy way to ward off fatigue that tends to set in during the fall and winter: Season your favorite savory dishes with seaweed flakes instead of table salt. This low-sodium pick provides salty flavor and plenty of thyroid-nourishing iodine, which helps increase energy within 30 minutes. Another plus: It boasts appetite-suppressing soluble fiber to thwart cravings, and it’s terrific on poultry, vegetables, salad or even popcorn. Tip: To preserve its beneficial enzymes, add the flakes after cooking. One to try: Maine Coast Dulse Granules (SeaVeg.com).