Cold and Flu Season
The cold and flu season is coming up fast. Are you prepared? Well there's no time like the present to arm yourself with knowledge and also a few proven supplements to prepare for the upcoming season. Here are a few of the most effective products to help build up that immune system and prepare you for the battle.
Elderberry, a rangy shrub that produces large clusters of small, dark berries, has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb. European, or black elder, is the most commonly used of the 30 species of elderberry. Because the raw berries contain a cyanide-like substance, they must be cooked before use, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Black elderberry syrup offers many potential health benefits.
Black elderberry syrup may reduce the duration and severity of your next cold or flu by decreasing congestion and increasing sweating, which helps your body rid itself of infection, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. A test tube study published in the December 2011 issue of the journal "Phytomedicine" found that a commercial herbal preparation containing elderberry, gentian, primula flower, sorrel and verbena showed effectiveness against a broad spectrum of respiratory viruses. The form of the supplement produced different results in some instances, with the dried form -- capsules or tablets -- showing significantly greater effect than oral drops.
Bacterial infections, such as H. pylori, the bacterium the causes stomach ulcers, may respond well to treatment with black elderberry extract, according to the University of Texas at El Paso. Elderberry also enhances the effectiveness of the antibiotic clarithromycin. A study published in the February 2011 issue of the journal "BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine" found that black elderberry inhibited several species of streptococcus, a type of bacteria that commonly causes respiratory infections.
Black elderberry contains proteins that inactivate certain types of cell reproduction and may offer anticancer benefits, according to a study published in the May 2011 issue of the journal "Toxins." Researchers noted that the elderberry proteins are less toxic than other proteins, such as ricin, a highly toxic derivative of the castor oil plant, and may represent a viable lower-risk option for cancer treatment and prevention.
Oscillococcinum Homeopathic Medicine temporarily relieves flu-like symptoms, such as the run-down feeling, headache, body aches, chills and fever.
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What is colostrum?
Colostrum is an amazing nutritional substance, produced by mothers for their newborns, that supports and nourishes the immune system. It’s that first mother’s milk before real milk comes.
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