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Do Immune System Boosters Really Work?

Do Immune System Boosters Really Work?

Q: Do immune system boosters like Airborne really work? I get sick a lot after flying, and it would be great to have some protection from all the bugs that get passed around on planes.

A: There is insufficient evidence to support claims that products such as Airborne or other “immune boosters” actually work. The best advice for preventing travel-related illnesses: eat a healthy diet when traveling, exercise, manage stress and wash your hands.

Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting www.beekman1802.com.

Got a health question for Dr. Brent? E-mail him at drbrent@care2.com.

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As an undergraduate, Dr. Brent Ridge majored in public health and environmental science, studying the way the state of the natural environment impacts our health choices. As a physician, he specializes in the field of aging. Send your health questions to Dr. Brent at drbrent@care2.com

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2:14AM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Thank you :)

9:53AM PDT on May 5, 2013

I don't think they work

6:59PM PDT on May 4, 2013

thanks

6:14AM PDT on May 3, 2013

Thank you Dr. Brent, for Sharing this!

However, they certainly DO Boost the Immune System!

1:34AM PDT on May 3, 2013

Thank you :)

3:06AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

Thanks

12:01PM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Thanks.

7:04AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

How about something simpler and healthier, such as balanced diet and physical exercises?

4:38AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Thanks for sharing

7:43AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Thank you

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