Herbal Remedies for Cough, Cold & Flu

Cold and flu remedies
For centuries, people have used herbal remedies to help strengthen their immune systems, especially during the winter months. 

Here are our top 5 herbal remedies to help fight cold & flu:

Echinacea helps increase the body's resistance to infection, making it better able to deal with colds.
Garlic is another winter winner - it is believed to help strengthen your immune system. Odourless
supplements provide a concentrated boost.
Devil's Claw, a shrub found in the desert regions of Southern Africa, is believed to help maintain supple and flexible joints (particularly the back).
Ginkgo Biloba has traditionally been used to aid healthy circulation.
Ginger is another herb, which can be taken in either vitamin form or easily added into your evening meals as a raw ingredient. Ginger tastes great and has many health benefits including aiding digestion and helping to maintain a good circulation.


Vitamins and Minerals to Help Prevent Coughs & Colds

As the winter season reaches the busy Christmas period, it is important to make sure you are taking on the right vitamins and minerals to keep you fit and healthy during this busy period.
Vitamin C - found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Vitamin C is an essential vitamin to take during the winter months as it is required for the growth and repair of tissues as well as being a well known antioxidant.
Zinc - a vital mineral for maintaining the body's defences. It helps support a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system helps us fight off  and prevent the common cold. Make sure you get yours by eating lots of beans, lentils, nuts and seeds.
Selenium - an important mineral in cold weather. It is an antioxidant and is found in brazil nuts, wheatgerm and sunflower seeds.
Vitamin D - helps us maintain healthy bones and helps the body absorb calcium. Production is stimulated in your body by sunlight. In winter eat plenty of oily fish, margarine and meat.
Calcium - helps maintain healthy bones and teeth. Get yours from dairy products, canned fish and leafy, green vegetables.
If you need further advice about how selecting the right Vitamins and Minerals can benefit your family's health please visit our Pharmacy Locator and pop into your local Alphega Pharmacy. 

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