Switching from hot to cold weather can result in unpleasant effects. All changes in the atmosphere set the stage for the installation of respiratory virus diseases. For many of us, autumn means colds, viruses and many headaches.
We can fight colds by using natural dietary supplements that protect us from external factors and help our body to recover.
Ingredients with multiple effects:
In the Ancient Chinese Medicine was found that licorice root may be used in multiple therapeutic purposes. Licorice root extract contains glycyrrhizinic acid salts as Ca, K and Mg. It also contains glabra acid, resin, fat, starch, menthol, vitamins B group, minerals, albumin, mucin and a steroid estrogen hormone similar with estradiol.
Licorice is the richest natural source of phytoestrogens in the world. Supplements containing it helps us get rid of menopausal symptoms and strengthens the endocrine system, but also the immune system. Also licorice possesses spasmolytic actions, stimulates intestinal transit and gastric juice production, being often used in treating gastric or duodenal ulcers.
In cases of cough, licorice is having emollient and expectorant action by stimulating bronchial secretions, mucus in the airways soften and facilitates its elimination. Has antiviral and antibacterial actions.
Another essential treatment against colds is the volatile oil of eucalyptus. Aborigines in Australia have called eucalyptus “the fever tree” because oil extracted from the leaves of this tree was used as a remedy against fever, but also for other diseases, such as skin diseases.
Supplements are based on eucalyptol as an active ingredient, which is the oil that gives decongestant and disinfectant properties. Also, the volatile oil of eucalyptus stimulates immunity, removes fatigue and restores tone when a virus invaded the body.
Menthol, the main component of peppermint oil, possesses antiseptic, anesthetic and spasmolytic properties and prevents vomiting. Having vasodilator effect is used for regeneration and growth of airway mucosa.
People with diabetes, pregnant women and during lactation, people with heart disease (hypertension), with severe kidney disease (edema cardio-renal), with liver disease (cirrhosis) and bile disease (cholestasis) must be cautious and take such supplements only on medical advice. Also, do not give such supplements to children aged under 5 years.