For the nearly 20 million women who have trouble catching their breath due to asthma or COPD, a trio of nutrients can help. I suggest 1,000 mg of vitamin C, a mild antihistamine that reduces respiratory tract inflammation that interferes with breathing; 500 mg of magnesium, which opens airways; and 1,500 mg of quercetin, which has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory effects. Also smart: Sip coffee or tea. Caffeine relaxes airways and metabolizes into theophylline, a compound used in some asthma meds.
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.