As the weather gets cooler and daylight savings comes to an end, our immune systems begin to brace themselves for the onslaught of winter colds and flus that come alongside knitwear, heaters and slow cooked meals. Luckily, there are a few natural ingredients that work to boost your immunity and fight infection – here’s a quick run through of the 6 main nutrients you need to protect your family this cold and flu season:
This wonder herb treats sinus and upper respiratory tract infection through its strong antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal actions. It works to reduce symptoms like earache, headache, cough and fever and helps to kick the common cold to the kerb.
An immune boosting herb that can reduce the duration of cold and flu by a third! Use this to prevent a pesky stuffy nose or post-nasal drip hanging around longer than necessary. It’s a brilliant way to fasten recovery from illness.
3) Olive Leaf
A potent antioxidant (100 times stronger than Vitamin C) olive leaf is the answer to fever and fatigue. An antibacterial, it also inhibits growth of major food-borne pathogens like E. Coli and Salmonella to protect both the respiratory system and the tummy from germs.
We know that curcumin is a strong anti-inflammatory nutrient, but it also relieves lung irritation and hyperactivity of airways, and reduces mucous. Chesty coughs be gone!
5) Vitamin C
The science is undeniable. Dosing with this amazing immune support can prevent and relieve cold and flu symptoms by up to 85%. Load up on your citrus, strawberries and red capsicum and fight cough, cold and flu through food.
The only nutrient thought to stop the rhinovirus from replicating, zinc fights the virus responsible for that runny nose, scratchy throat and inflamed sinuses. It is also an important mucous membrane healer that can repair damaged nasal passages and soothe a sore throat.
With a little help from these superhero ingredients, the evil cold and flu can be a thing of the past. Take throughout Winter to prevent illness, and use them to boost your immune system before travel. Almost 50% of travellers experience some illness while overseas, and upper respiratory tract infections are the most common, so if you’re planning a holiday, give your immune system a helping hand with these powerful herbs and nutrients.