Beat the bugs

Nature knows best. However, most of us are separated from Nature by town and city living. We don’t know where our fruit and vegetables were picked, or how long ago, so we don’t know their nutritional status; we live in the fast lane, always scurrying from one commitment to the next; we’re exposed daily to the germs and viruses carried by colleagues, friends and strangers. Simply, nature needs a helping hand if she is to be our ally.

That’s where immune-system boosters come in: they combine the best of nature and science to boost our immune systems, and optimise our quality of life.

PharmaChoice spokesperson and pharmacist Liezl van Tonder explains how infections can be picked up. Airports, offices, shopping centres and restaurants are all “danger zones” for potentially infectious bacteria and viruses, she says. When our immune systems are robust and the viral exposure is relatively limited, we shrug off any attacks. But when the viral contact is repeated and quite heavy, or when our immune systems are compromised, for instance at the change of season, or in the cold of winter, we succumb, and get a cold, or flu.

She recommends supplements like ViralChoice as part of the solution. “It contains some of the most highly-rated boosters provided by nature, and is highly rated by my customers,” she says. The “miracle” ingredients include Echinacea extract, which increases the body's natural resistance to infections, particularly against cold and flu; garlic, which has been shown to possess antimicrobial properties to beat bacteria and viruses; Vitamin C, which prevents and treats colds and flu; and a host of other little fighters, like L-Methionine to boost antibodies, zinc for healing, plant sterols and sterolins and other antioxidants.

She explains that immune-system boosters work in two ways:

  • to help reduce susceptibility to cold and flu infection; and
  • to help recovery, by reducing the duration and severity of colds and flu.

In addition to taking the right immune-system supplements, your best defences are:

  • wrap up warmly;
  • eat a balanced diet,
  • get enough sleep,
  • practice good hand-hygiene, and
  • keep yourself well-hydrated.

(Source: PharmaChoice press release, July 2011)

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