What to Know About Airborne

A Dietary Supplement Intended to Help Boost Your Immune System

The original Airborne supplement is a chewable tablet intended to help boost your immune system. While Airborne's claims have not been specifically assessed nor confirmed in scientific studies, some of the individual vitamins, herbs, and nutrients included have been shown to be immune-supporting in some studies.

Uses

Airborne contains 17 herbs and nutrients, including vitamins A, C, and E; magnesium, zinc, selenium, manganese, sodium, and an herbal extract blend of echinacea, ginger, vitex, Japanese catnip, isatis root, and forsythia.

In addition to its vitamin and herb blend, Airborne contains these inactive ingredients: dextrose, magnesium stearate, vegetable juice color, sucralose, natural flavors, microcrystalline cellulose, silicon dioxide.

Airborne's claims have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and the product carries a disclaimer that the product "is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease." This statement is required by the FDA, which does not evaluate supplements sold without a prescription.

According to Natural Medicines, the only ingredients in Airborne that are “possibly effective” in treating the common cold are echinacea, vitamin C, and zinc. None of the listed ingredients, however, is known to boost the immune system.

Many of the botanical ingredients used in Airborne's herbal extract blend, such as forsythia, are rooted in Chinese medicine and have a long history of use in fighting the common cold, though their benefits are still unproven in medical trials.

The airborne supplement is available at many drug and retail stores throughout the United States and at www.airbornehealth.com.

Precautions and Contraindications

Airborne should only be used according to the manufacturer's directions and is not for everyone.

The Airborne Jr. formulation is available for kids ages 4 to 10. It is not recommended for children under 4 unless instructed by a doctor.

Women who are nursing or pregnant should not take this product unless instructed to do so by their health care provider.

This product can be used as a dietary supplement, but a multivitamin should not be taken when taking Airborne. Taking both Airborne and a multivitamin daily may result in an overdose of certain vitamins, which could cause serious side effects.​

Dosage

The recommended dosage according to the package directions is four chewable tablets for children and adults over age 12.

You may choose to divide the dosage up by one tablet every 3 to 4 hours, not to exceed 4 tablets in one day.

Side Effects

The manufacturer lists no side effects, but if you have a sensitivity or allergy to any of the ingredients, you should not take Airborne.

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