We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Airborne®?

By Dorothy Bland
Updated Jan 26, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Airborne® is a popular dietary supplement blend. The product contains a combination of more than a dozen different ingredients, including synthetic vitamins, electrolytes, and antioxidants that purportedly work together to support immune system health. Users are told that by taking the formula when the signs of a cold begin to appear or when entering a crowded germ-invested environment, such as a school, airplane, or theater, the formula may be able to help prevent a cold from occurring or help the cold clear up faster.

Victoria Knight-McDowell, a second-grade school teacher, created Airborne® in the early 1990s. She reportedly started experimenting with the formula in an effort to avoid getting sick herself. Vitamins and herbal extracts included in the formula were chosen for their supposed abilities to help defend against the common cold.

At 1,000 milligrams per tablet, vitamin C is the most represented ingredient in the product. According to the official Airborne® website, this megadose of vitamin C is provided to help boost the body’s defenses. Echinacea, or the purple cornflower, is added because the herb has long been a traditional favorite for fighting the common cold. Ginger has also been added to help prevent nausea. Other ingredients in the formula include vitamin A, zinc, and selenium.

Currently, Airborne® is sold in tablets or in a portable powdered form. Tablets are generally sold in 10-count tubes, while the powder is usually packaged in boxes containing eight individual serving pouches. When taking the supplement, a single tablet or serving of powder is dropped into 4 to 6 ounces (around 118 to 177 milliliters) of a hot or cold liquid. Due to the effervescent nature of the product, the user is directed not to shake the mixture together but to wait until it finishes dissolving before drinking the formula down. The product can be taken with water or most other liquids as the user desires.

Both Airborne® tablets and the on-the-go formula are designed to be used for those 12 years of age or older. Children can be given half of a tablet or take one of the two versions specifically designed for kids between four and 12 years old. The Airborne® Jr. formula is similar to the original formula, but ingredients are included at half dosage sizes; for instance, the amount of vitamin C has been reduced to 500 milligrams. Airborne® Power Pixies, on the other hand, is a powdered formula that can be poured right on the tongue.

When using the product to defend against colds, Airborne® can be taken up to three times in a 24-hour period as long as users wait at least three hours before repeating a dose. It can also be taken once a day as a multivitamin. In the United States, the supplement is available nationwide at many drugstores, grocery stores, and mass merchant retailers. The product is sold in various flavors, including pink grapefruit and lemon-lime. Each tablet contains a small amount of the artificial sugar sucralose for sweetness.

Generally, Airborne® is considered to be safe to take for most individuals. The product is lactose-, caffeine-, and gluten-free, while no formula contains more than five calories per serving. Consulting with a physician, however, is generally a good idea for anyone with a current medical condition and for pregnant and lactating women. To avoid drug interactions, a medical consultation is also generally recommended for those taking any prescription medications and for individuals who already take a multivitamin.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.