Cough and common cold

Olefar DUO Solefarin

Olefar DUO Solefarin contains minerals zinc and selenium that contribute to normal functioning of the immune system and cell protection against oxidative stress. Vitamin D, B6 and B12 help to maintain normal functioning of immune system, vitamin B6 and B12 help to reduce tiredness and fatigue. Arabinogalactan is a fiber with prebiotic effect, that helps to maintain intestinal health.
 
Ingredients: 
  • Beta-Glucan (1.3/1.6 glucopolysaccharides)
  • Arabinogalactan
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B(pyridoxine hydrochloride)
  • Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamine)
  • Selenium (from selenium enriched yeast)
  • Vitamin D(cholecalciferol)
Recommended daily dosage: 1 capsule
 
Usage: recommended to use internally 1 capsule per day
 
Restrictions: recommended from age of 12
 
Per package: 15 capsules
 
Original formula developed by Solepharm Pharmaceuticals research development team. 
 
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COMMON COLD

The most common symptoms of the cold are runny nose, coughing, headache, aching muscles and fever. Colds are usually mild, lasting from 2 days to 2 weeks (1).

All the infections that cause colds are combined into one group, ARVI – acute respiratory viral infections. Colds may be caused by over 200 different viruses (2). Mostly (10 to 40% of cases), rhinovuses are the cause, in about 20% of cases – coronoviruses, and in about 10% of cases - the respiratory syncytial virus, as well as bacteria: streptococci and pneumococci (1,3).

The number of viruses is very high, new variations develop constantly, so the body is often not able to fight against all of them.

Healthy immunocompetent people are also very susceptible to colds. Studies have shown that 95% of people are infected with the virus entering through the nose. Most cases occur in the autumn-winter season, when viruses are more common (4,5).

Acute respiratory viral infections remain one of the most common diseases in both adults and children. Children suffer more frequently – between 4 to 5 years of age, middle-aged adults - 1-2 times per year, seniors – less than once per year (2,6).

INFLUENZA

The flu is an acute, highly contagious viral infection that affects the respiratory system. Compared to other infectious diseases, the flu varies by the speed of spread, and frequency and severity of complications. Due to complications, the number of hospitalizations and the incidence of human recourse for medical service increase 2 - 5 times during the flu epidemic (7).

The flu agent is a virus that differs from other viruses with its variable nature. There are antigens on its outer envelope, which are in a different combination every year. When the virus enters the human body, antibodies are created against these antigens. The sooner the body's immune system produces antibodies the sooner immunity is developed (8).

Although, colds and the flu have relatively similar symptoms, their manifestations are very different.

With colds, symptoms develop slowly; colds include the following:

  • Fever and temperature up to 40 °C
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Lacrimation (5)

Flu symptoms are more severe, they usually start suddenly and develop quickly; they include the following:

  • Fever and temperature above 40 °C
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nausea
  • Rigor and sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain, especially in the back, arms and legs
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite (9,10)

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE COMMON COLD?

  • Wash your hands regularly, follow the hygiene measures.
  • Avoid locations close to infected people. If this is not possible, try to ventilate the rooms as often as possible.
  • Avoid from freezing as much as possible by choosing appropriate clothing for the weather and footwear (freezing increases the susceptibility of the body to viruses).
  • Make sure the feet are always dry and warm.
  • Use a diet rich in vitamin C. Select products rich in vitamin C such as rosehips, cranberries, blackcurrants and cabbage. Interestingly, the content of vitamin C in cabbages is higher than in lemons.

HOW TO STIMULATE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM ON A DAILY BASIS?

Nutrition. The frequency of meals should be at least 3 times a day. The diet must be varied considering the diet pyramid proportions. The more wholesome is the diet and the more vegetables, herbs, fruit are on the menu the more extensive is the vitamin, macro and micro-nutrient spectrum your body receives.

Sleep. A good and healthy sleep is the basis of wellness and immunity. 7 - 8 hours of sleep per day are required. If a person does not get a good sleep systematically, there is a risk of a "chronic fatigue syndrome" resulting in weakness, fatigue, drowsiness, easy irritability, even depression. Such condition can lead to fast depletion of immunity and exacerbations of chronic diseases.

Body hygiene. A regular and proper hygiene helps the body avoid infectious agents. Bathhouses promote elimination of waste products from the body, the accumulation of which in the body weakens the protective function of the immune system.

Physical activities. They must be matched to the abilities and health condition. Sedentary life style promotes excess weight, but the overweight contributes to the development of different diseases. The minimum of physical activities is considered a 30-minute walk a day.

Avoiding stress. Stress is one of the dominant factors which affects negatively the body's defense mechanism. Empathy and gentle attitude toward your own psyche and that of people surrounding you is very essential to the everyday stress reduction.

Use biologically active products. Therapy can be temporary, for example, during various illnesses, and for their prevention (15,16,17).

- During the day, drink at least 2 liters of water, thus preventing the viruses in the body to evolve. Water acts as a kind of decontaminant that washes harmful substances out of the body and, in particular, it should be used during the period of colds (11,12).

IMMUNITY

Immunity is the human body's natural defense against all the genetically foreign microbes, foreign tissues (surgically transplanted organs) or even against own cells with an altered genetic structure (including tumour cells) (13). The immune system is influenced both by the lifestyle, physical activities, eating habits, emotional overload, environment etc., and genetically inherited characteristics. The immune system, like any other body system, is subject to various disorders and environmental impacts, as a result of which people can get sick (14).

HOW TO STIMULATE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM ON A DAILY BASIS?

Nutrition. The frequency of meals should be at least 3 times a day. The diet must be varied considering the diet pyramid proportions. The more wholesome is the diet and the more vegetables, herbs, fruit are on the menu the more extensive is the vitamin, macro and micro-nutrient spectrum your body receives.

Sleep. A good and healthy sleep is the basis of wellness and immunity. 7 - 8 hours of sleep per day are required. If a person does not get a good sleep systematically, there is a risk of a "chronic fatigue syndrome" resulting in weakness, fatigue, drowsiness, easy irritability, even depression. Such condition can lead to fast depletion of immunity and exacerbations of chronic diseases.

Body hygiene. A regular and proper hygiene helps the body avoid infectious agents. Bathhouses promote elimination of waste products from the body, the accumulation of which in the body weakens the protective function of the immune system.

Physical activities. They must be matched to the abilities and health condition. Sedentary life style promotes excess weight, but the overweight contributes to the development of different diseases. The minimum of physical activities is considered a 30-minute walk a day.

Avoiding stress. Stress is one of the dominant factors which affects negatively the body's defense mechanism. Empathy and gentle attitude toward your own psyche and that of people surrounding you is very essential to the everyday stress reduction.

 

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