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Saturday, January 31, 2009


Immune system booster.

This popular remedy is one you can find in supermarkets, drug stores, and your friendly neighborhood WalMart. For about $5 you get 10 fizzy tablets (put them in water, not your mouth!) that may help thwart cold and flu bugs you pick up in public places. Like airplanes, where the air keeps recirculating.

Or classrooms, where you may sit for an hour or more with people who didn't want to miss a class, but are willing to pass the joy along to someone else who may miss a class or a fun weekend. Don't let this happen to you, not if you can help it! And you can - or at least you can try.

When something is going around, prop up your immune system before venturing out in public. Or if something has caught you by surprise, start taking this remedy as soon as you notice. (You can take antispas, too.)

Airborne has vitamins A, C, and E, minerals magnesium, potassium, zinc, selenium, and manganese, and herbal extracts including echinacea and ginger to help your immune system in times of challenge. It also has some amino acids.

In addition to the tube of fizzy tablets you can get single-serve packets that you add to a personal-sized bottle of water. (Caution: don't add the powder to your water bottle, close it up because it's suddenly (finally!) time to board the plane, take your seat, shake it up a little to remix, then open it. It makes a rather loud and suspicious-sounding popping noise that could alert the authorities! When I unthinkingly did this, I was very surprised - and relieved - that nobody seemed to notice.)
Note: My bad. Instructions clearly say DO NOT SHAKE.

For convenience - and airport security - Airborne Soft Chews have the original Airborne formula and don't need water. They come in caramel apple flavor. Sounds yummy! (I just found out about this one, so I'll let you know what I think of it later.)

In addition to several convenient forms and formulas, this remedy comes in many flavors. I've tried the orange fizzy tablets and the lemon-lime packets, and like both. Yet to try: pink grapefruit (tablets), and any of the other flavors and forms. Read on.

For kids, there are Airborne Power Pixies - put it right on your tongue - available in an 8-packet box with fun flavors Cherry, Grape, Sour Apple and Bubble Gum. Also, grape-flavored Airborne Jr. fizzy tablets that go in water.

Airborne Gummies is a throat-soothing formula with six natural flavors. Airborne Nighttime, in apple cider flavor, has the original Airborne formula plus herbs to help you sleep. Airborne Seasonal has herbs, vitamins, and minerals to boost your immune system during allergy season, and comes in a citrus blend flavor.

I highly recommend this company and their products. I've used the fizzy tablets for years and felt much better for doing it. With all these forms, formulas and flavors, you're sure to find one that's just right for you!

Have you already tried it? Did you like it? How did it work for you? Leave a comment below.

More Info:

Airborne - the official website, with history, product information, lists of ingredients, special offers, and new product announcements.

Airborne settles lawsuit for $23.3 million - article about the settlement of a class action lawsuit which alleged false advertising. [My personal opinion: the original formula is a good product and it works. I trust the other formulas are also helpful.]

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