4 Remedies for a Cold, so Why Wait for a Cure?
No shortage of people have told you there’s no cure for the common cold. What does it take to consider something a cure? What would a cure look like? What would it feel like?
Here’s the medical definition of cure according to medicinenet.com:
Cure: To heal, to make well, to restore to good health.
According to this definition, waiting out a cold is technically a cure. We are usually restored to health a few weeks after the onset of a cold. But these weeks are often miserable.
Later we’ll explore a Little Change we can make that might decrease our chances of falling prey to the latest sickness making its way around where we work or go to school. Meanwhile, let’s see if there is something we can do to help release us from our misery even sooner.
At least two things are happening when you come down with a cold.
- The first is exposure to the rhinovirus, the viral infection that produces the symptoms of a cold.
- Another factor is that your immune system fails to stop the virus from multiplying.
Now you have a cold.
What if there was a substance that could simultaneously create an unfriendly condition for a cold virus and support your immune response?
What if this ingredient could be found in an OTC (over the counter) supplement?
Perhaps there is such a thing!
1. Oregano Oil
Consider taking a standardized Oregano Oil extract at the time you experience the very first symptoms of a cold, no matter how subtle they might be.
Oregano oil has demonstrated both antiviral and immune stimulant properties.
Be sure to use a standardized extract with a significant percentage of carvacrol, believed to be the chief active ingredient. Look for carvacrol content of 55% or higher. Not all products and brands are created equal.
While oregano oil is potent stuff, let’s see if we can further facilitate a hostile environment toward pathogens.
Consider adding standardized astragalus to your “cold stack.”
Astragalus has been shown to have beneficial effects on the immune system (1) and it may help support your fight against the virus responsible for your cold.
Find an astragalus product that is standardized to contain a significant percentage of polysaccharides.
Many have found the above two supplements to be beneficial, especially when spending time with people who already suffering with a cold. Some believe taking astragalus and oregano oil at the times they were most susceptible have helped them prevent the onset of a cold.
Keep in mind that oregano oil isn’t intended for long term use. When you are no longer experiencing the symptoms of a cold discontinue using the above supplements, unless you are otherwise directed by a healthcare professional.
There’s no need to overdo it. Use caution if you are not used to taking multiple supplements. Trying one new supplement at a time, at the lowest possible dose is a good practice. This makes it easier to know which substance is the culprit should you experience undesired effects.
Here are two other supplements you may consider stacking as part of a daily maintenance plan, which may help keep your immune system functioning at optimal levels.
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C has long been associated with supporting the body when exposed to various infections, especially when a deficiency exists. (2)
The amount of Vitamin C found in foods is small compared to what is available in supplement form, and wouldn’t equal the therapeutic dosages used in research.
Although not all controlled studies have demonstrated prevention of colds, Vitamin C has been shown to shorten the duration of colds. (3)
Vitamin C also has a decent track record for safety.
4. Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency may leave one more susceptible to catching the cold and flu viruses, and supplemental Vitamin D has shown significant benefit for infections among those who are deficient. (4) Deficiency may happen during the winter months, or among those who have little exposure to unobstructed sunlight.
Add Vitamin C and Vitamin D to your daily supplement stack to help prevent deficiency and support your immune function.
In the event you find yourself catching a cold despite your efforts at prevention, try oregano and astragalus at the very first signs of symptoms.
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