THE FLU season has already struck with many people going down with a particularly nasty bug that has a couple of weeks duration.
While a visit to the doctor's can help, statistics show that more people are turning to traditional and natural remedies to help reduce risk or help relieve cold and flu symptoms with pharmacy sales in the cold and flu vitamin category growing by more than 14% in the past 12 months.
Obviously one of the first lines of defence against cold and flu viruses is a strong and healthy immune system and there are many natural and herbal remedies which can help boost healthy immune function.
Additionally the digestive tract has a big role in the body's immune function and maintaining a balanced digestive health can help shore up the body's natural defences.
Should the first signs of a cold appear such as a scratchy throat or a sneeze, this indicates that the immune system needs extra help to fight viruses.
According to Bioglan, some of the key ingredients to look for are:
Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
This is a traditional herb cold remedy herb with natural antioxidant properties. A special black elderberry preparation was found in preliminary clinical trials to be of help with relieving flu symptoms.
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
It can help support a healthy immune system and may help relieve symptoms and shorten the duration of the common cold.
Garlic (Allium sativa)
Known for its anti
microbial and immune enhancing properties. Used as a warming and blood cleansing herb to relieve coughs, colds and flu symptoms
Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
A herbal medicine with anti-inflammatory, antiviral and expectorant properties.
Willow bark (Salix alba)
Known for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic properties. Used to help with fever, flu symptoms, and headaches.
A powerful antioxidant that has an immune-stimulating effect.
This mineral is involved in many aspects and essential for healthy immune function.
Vitamin A or Beta-carotene
Beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A, which is essential in maintaining the immune system and mucous membrane health as barriers against bacteria and viruses.