What do you do when you wake up one morning then suddenly feel out of the weather? You open your medicine cabinet and gulp those white tablets. Then you started feeling grumpy and can’t work. All of us don’t want that. And since prevention is always better than treatment, Nuzet shares with us the top 6 ingredients that can beat common cold.
Common cold is one of the most frequent infectious diseases in humans with $2.9 billion spent on over-the-counter drugs in the USA alone. Contrary to popular belief, colds are not cause by one virus, but are comprised of 200 varieties of it. These viruses, particularly the Rhinovirus strain, affects the upper respiratory tract (nasal cavity, pharynx and larynx), in particular the nose.
However, there is no wonder cure to the common cold. Although vaccination may provide protection against some of the typical ones, there are far too many to provide total protection, and new ones are regularly appearing. What we recommended is to keep on top of your health year-round with the focus being prevention rather than cure.
How does it spread to one people from another?
- Air – transmission of colds and viruses through air via droplets
- Physical contact – holding or having physical contact with a contaminated object (aka fomites) and then to the mouth or nose. It is also known that viruses can survive on objects for extended amounts of time, maximum of 18 hours for rhinoviruses.
What are the Symptoms?
- runny nose
- blocked nose
- sore throat
- muscle ache
- loss of appetite
This can cause difficulty distinguishing between a cold and influenza (the flu), the latter generally having more severe symptoms and a lower likelihood of a runny nose.
How to prevent colds?
In addition to supporting your own natural defense mechanism (the immune system) through maintaining a healthy, balanced and nutrient-rich diet, ensuring that you get adequate sleep, keeping stress levels down and not over-extending yourself in your physical exercise regime is a must. The easiest method to help prevent the cold during peak times is through monitoring your physical interactions with other people and with surfaces that may have been contaminated. Regular Washing of hands or using antibacterial hand wash in prone areas like public transport, schools, hospitals etc. is highly recommended.
There are varying studies on which specific nutrients can prevent, or speed up recovery from the cold. Listed here are some of the more common ones, together with notes to relevant research.
One study in 2011 found that supplementation of zinc for a minimum of 5 months before contracting the cold reduced the incidence rate, school absences and antibiotic prescriptions. Additionally, supplementation 24 hours before the onset of symptoms saw the duration and severity of a cold notably reduced compared with those who didn’t supplement. The take-home message being, to make sure you’re getting the adequate amounts of zinc for optimal immune functionality all year round!
Foods rich in Zinc include: lean beef, spinach, pumpkin and squash seeds, cashews, cocoa powder, chickpeas, white mushrooms.
Nuzest Good Green Stuff contains 12mg per 10g serve, which is 109% of the RDI for adults aged 19-50yrs in Australia.
A 2005 experiment found that those who supplemented with ginseng over a minimum of 4 months had a reduced number of colds per year compared to those who did not supplement. Additionally, the severity and duration of the colds for those on ginseng were less than the placebo group.
Nuzest Good Green Stuff contains 100mg per 10g serve.
Interestingly, the gut bacteria lactobacillus showed signs of limiting the likelihood of acquiring a cold when supplementing regularly. These results were greatly improved when supplementing with several essential vitamins and minerals at the same time.
Nuzest Good Green Stuff contains 6 billion CFU (colony forming units) of dairy-free probiotics per serve. Other foods rich in Probiotics include: yogurt, kefir, dark chocolate, pickles, tempeh, sauerkraut.
A deficiency in vitamin D3 has been linked to an increased severity of the common cold. This may be due to its function in the creation of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) that are used by immune cells to defend against cold viruses. Ensuring you have the optimal vitamin D3 in your diet all year round is essential to helping prevent the cold (in addition to other conditions such as weak bones).
Foods rich in Vitamin D3 include: sunlight (not a food but the best sources), salmon, tuna, milk, eggs, mushrooms.
Nuzest Good Green stuff contains 10µg per 10g serve, which is 200% of the RDI for adults aged 19-50yrs in Australia
The use of vitamin C for colds has been a topic of heated discussion among researchers, however, in a review by Hemilä et al, showed that while it doesn’t reduce the incidence of colds it can help reduce their duration and severity. Even though it may not be the miracle vitamin, it is still beneficial for colds and, in general, a great antioxidant, required to produce collagen and in terms of iron absorption, is indispensable.
Foods rich in Vitamin C include: capsicums, kale, kiwi, broccoli, strawberries, oranges, tomatoes.
Nuzest Good Green stuff contains 360mg per 10g serve, which is 800% of the RDI for adults aged 19-50yrs in Australia
Studies show that Echinacea shortens the duration of a cold if you take it when symptoms are present. A smaller (but not statistically significant) effect is observed for the prevention of colds with nearly all prevention trials pointing in the direction of (very) small preventive effects.
Unfortunately, as of yet there is no cure to the common cold. As mentioned, this is mainly because of the many different virus strains that cause it!
At Nuzest we understand that health is complicated and we are a long way from understanding the intricacies of the human body. However, we do know that to function at our best we require the basic nutritional building blocks. That’s why we do what we do. Good Greens Stuff is filled with ingredients that support all 12 body systems and contains the majority of nutrients that help with prevention of the common cold.
So, next time you come down with a cold, consider if year-round great nutritional supplementation could have helped prevent or ease your runny nose! Or, don’t wait. Get started now; you won’t be disappointed.