Here Comes the Common Cold – Start Fighting it Now!

Posted on October 13, 2010 by


Probiotics & prebiotics have taken some time to be fully appreciated but digestive health last year entered the top three fastest growing nutritional categories. Developments in science and technology now offer greater choices in these supplements beyond the traditional dairy variety. Probiotics are defined, by the WHO, as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”.

A new study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, indicates that daily supplements, with probiotic Lactobacillus strains, may reduce the incidence of acquiring the common cold by 12 percent. Furthermore, the number of days of symptoms for the cold was significantly reduced in people taking the probiotic supplements, from an average of 8.6 to 6.2, compared with placebo.

The common cold is a viral infection primarily caused by rhinoviruses. The study’s results suggest that probiotics, alone or in combination with prebiotics, potentially reduce the incidence of upper respiratory track infections. Indeed, earlier this year Croatian researchers reported that Lactobacillus GG may decrease the risk of upper respiratory tract infections including rhinitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, otitis, and the common cold in children attending day care centres.

This is exciting news! By starting the habit of probiotics now, you may avoid suffering when the cold season hits us hard! The common cold is responsible for millions of illness days every year. Give your immune system a leg up this year – add probiotics to your daily habit.

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Yours in health,

Dr Phil

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