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All of a sudden, everyone seems to be sneezing and coughing around us.
If you use public transport then you know what we mean!
The common cold is a viral infection of your nose and throat (upper respiratory tract) that spreads by direct contact with someone who has a cold, by sharing contaminated objects, through droplets in the air (when someone coughs or sneezes or talks). If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth after such contact or exposure, you're likely to catch a cold. What's more, there are over 200 of viruses that can cause a common cold!
A cold is usually harmless, although it might not feel that way... And it can seriously slow you down as it can take up to 10 days to clear up.
So here are our top supplements to support a speedy recovery:
It shortens the duration of a cold and reduces the severity of symptoms. Start taking it asap. Chose a high quality Ester-C form (rather than ascorbic acid) and take between 1,000mg to 2,000mg a day.
Zinc has been shown to shorten the duration of a cold, in particular zinc gluconate lozenges when taken within 24hours of first symptoms.It also helps reduce symptoms such as coughs, sore throat and nasal congestion.
Reduces the duration of the common cold. It can also prevent onset of the cold/ decrease the number of times you get a cold (3)
Research has shown that vitamin D3 has various immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties.
One randomized controlled trial suggests that 2,000IU a day for a year can virtually eliminate getting a cold.
Helps reduce the incidence of colds in those with acute respiratory infections (3)
Here's more great research-based advice on self-care for the common cold;
Written by Dana Glaiel Houareau
Nutritionist at Omninatural