5 Best Vitamins to Treat a Sore Throat

Posted by – December 11, 2013
Categories: Health & Healing

In their book, Better Health through Natural Healing: How to Get Well without Drugs or Surgery, Dr. Ross and Shea Trattler compare the common cold to spring cleaning. Just as we get the urge to clear out and wipe clean the spaces around us, the body is also busy undergoing a natural cleansing process. In the excerpt below, find out which vitamins are best for treating a sore throat, a common symptom of the cold, when dietary changes, herbal supplements, and physiotherapy exercises aren’t enough.

The common cold is probably the most poorly understood health complaint. Most of us look upon a recurrent cold as an irritating nuisance, caused by some virus going around, and we direct all our efforts to eliminate, by any means possible and in as short a time as possible, the various uncomfortable symptoms. At the local drugstore we find a bewildering arsenal of weapons to wipe out this enemy, the antipyretics, antihistamines, decongestants, sedatives, and many more. This is the treatment given to us in childhood and recommended daily on television, and it is what our doctors recommend. How strange it must sound to hear that this is the worst possible of all courses to follow!

The most important thing to understand about a cold is that the multitude of symptoms usually present are actions, not reactions, by the body in an attempt to establish internal equilibrium. The body’s defense mechanisms are working fast and furiously to reestablish balance. If this can be seen to be true, then to suppress these actions by the body is not a reasonable course of action.

Five Best Vitamins to Treat a Sore Throat

1. Vitamin A
High doses are needed in upper respiratory conditions. This should be in the form of emulsified vitamin A. Adult doses may be 25,000 IU four to six times per day for 1 to 2 weeks. (This is a toxic dose if taken for several months, but completely safe for short periods.) Use any dose of vitamin A over 50,000 IU per day with medical supervision only. Children’s dose: Ages 3 months to 1 year: 4,000 IU two to four times per day for 1 to 2 weeks; ages 1 year to 6 years: 10,000 IU two to four times per day. Again, this is a toxic level if prolonged, but entirely safe and sometimes required in acute respiratory complaints for 1- to 2-week periods. Vitamin A is essential for the health of the mucous membranes and increases cilia action to expel mucus.

2. Beta-carotene
10,000 IU twice per day. A precursor to vitamin A. Boosts immune function and helps heal skin and mucous membranes.

3. Vitamin C with bioflavonoids
At least to bowel tolerance. Adult: 1,000 to 2,000 mg four to eight times per day; child: 300 mg four to eight times per day. Infant: 100 to 250 mg four to eight times per day. Helps the body defend against viral infections by improving the immune response.

4. Zinc
(In gluconate or acetate with glycine, because the citrate and tartrate forms are
ineffectual.) Dissolve in the mouth. Improves immune function.

5. Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)
Antihistamine.

About the Authors

Ross Trattler completed pre-medical studies at the University of Illinois and the University of New York. After a severe back injury led him to discover osteopathy, he went on to pursue degrees in naturopathy and osteopathy at the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy in London. Shea Trattler completed his osteopathic training at RMIT University in Melbourne. The authors share an osteopathy practice in Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast of Australia. Find more remedies for everything from the common cold and allergies to more serious illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease in their book Better Health through Natural Healing: How to Get Well without Drugs or Surgery.

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About the Author

Katherine is a California native, though she has spent time as a student in India and as a teacher in Japan. She attended Humboldt State University on the California coast where she earned her degree in religious studies and a minor in botany. Her love of all things books and reading led her to North Atlantic Books.