Common Cold Preparations

Preparing Your Body Against the Common Cold

Unfortunately there is no cure for the common cold but there are natural supplements you can take to help support the immune system and ease the sniffles, aches and coughs.

Zinc helps repair tissue and strengthens immune system cells, thus speeding up the recovery period and lessening the severity of symptoms associated with the cold virus. A research analysis of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews assessed the efficacy of zinc in reducing the incidence, severity and duration of common cold symptoms. The conclusion revealed zinc administered within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms reduced the duration of the cold in healthy people. Zinc can also be found in shellfish, meat, milk, dairy products and bread.

Echinacea is a natural herbal remedy made from the juices of the Echinacea purpurea plant. The properties of Echinacea activate chemicals in the body which could decrease inflammation and reduce the symptoms of colds and similar upper respiratory illnesses.

Garlic has long been used in the prevention of colds because of its natural infection fighting capabilities. A study published in Advances in Therapy gave 146 volunteers either a placebo or a garlic capsule for 12 weeks between November and February. Volunteers who took the garlic were less likely to get a cold and recovered faster if infected.

Pura Cleanse and Pura Cleanse II can help stimulate the immune system to fight infection and reduce the duration of a cold by ridding the body of excess toxins and toxic waste. These products can be especially effective after a period of illness or course of antibiotics. The bowel plays a huge role in determining how we feel.