Adults catch cold 2-4 times a year, while children experience 6-10 episodes per year. Approximately 30% of absences at school and 40% of absences at work are due to having a cough and runny nose. What causes the common cold? One of about 200 known viruses, usually – the rhinovirus.
Where are viruses found?
Viruses can be contracted by touching contaminated surfaces, such as door handles, keyboards, money, and afterwards touching the hand to the mouth or nose. That is precisely why washing your hands with soap and carefully drying them afterwards is one of the most efficient methods of avoiding cold viruses throughout the year. Another typical means of contracting viruses is being in close proximity to an infected individual who is spreading the virus through airborne particles, especially when sneezing or coughing. The virus attaches itself to the mucous membranes in the nose or throat, and the body begins to fight it.
Do the same measures help with treatment and prevention?
Usually when virus season begins, people have two questions. How to best avoid falling ill and how to alleviate symptoms and recover quicker in case you have caught a cold? Antibiotics do not help, because a cold is usually caused by a virus.
The new dietary supplement LYL immunUP® is the only product in Latvia combining 17 immunity-boosting compounds of 7 plant extracts, 6 vitamins and 4 minerals for acute, as well as long-term support for the immune system. Extracts of linden, garlic, acerola cherries, Echinacea, rosemary, turmeric and ginger, vitamins D3, B6, B9, B12 and natural vitamin C, zinc, copper, selenium and iron – theses 17 active compounds reduce the risk of catching a cold, and, at the first symptoms of a cold, help the body in dealing with the virus easier and faster. LYL immunUP® contains compounds that will protect the body against almost 200 different viruses!
Echinacea – only together with vitamin C!
The prophylactic benefits and acute effects of each of the substances contained in LYL immunUP® has been proven by large scale studies. Rosemary extract improves respiratory health (1). After using ginger extract, the upper respiratory tract produces more interferon, which is a protein with antiviral properties (2). Ginger promotes sweating, while sweat contains dermcidin, a substance discovered by German scientists, that protects against infections (3). Linden extract contains bioflavonoids, including quercetin, kaempferol, tiliroside, which are beneficial for the immune system and the body’s defences (4). The active substance in turmeric extract is curcumin, which boosts the health of immune cells by improving their cell membrane (5). Garlic extract provides the body with substances with strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. An interesting fact – viruses never adapt to the active compounds in garlic! This is extremely important today, when medicine often falls short in the face of viruses.
LYL immunUP® also contains the most effective species of Echinacea for fighting rhinoviruses – Echinacea Purpurea. People using Echinacea catch colds an average of 65% less often and are ill for shorter periods of time. This plant extract also helps, when the first symptoms of illness have already appeared. (1) Therefore, by starting to use LYL immunUP® as soon as possible, you can reduce the duration of your cold, as well as the severity of the symptoms.
Based on the results (2) of 93 studies, natural vitamin C from acerola cherries was also included in the LYL immunUP® formula. The minerals, vitamins and biologically active substances found in the acerola extract help the body use vitamin C efficiently (3). Prophylactic use of vitamin C reduces the duration and severity of cold symptoms. Furthermore, supplementation of vitamin C is recommended for people who are temporarily subject to intense physical activity. (2) Studies have shown vitamin C to have a synergetic effect with Echinacea. A group of subjects taking vitamin C together with biologically active compounds from Echinacea and propolis, experienced 55% less episodes of illness. On the individual level incidence was also by 50% lower, as was the number of sick days – 62%.
LYL immunUP®, the strongest complex in Latvia for immunity and respiratory health, has been created with the aim to protect against all on-coming viruses and colds, for preventive use, as well as in case of falling ill.
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- Chang JS, Wang KC, et al. Fresh ginger (Zingiber officinale) has anti-viral activity against human respiratory syncytial virus in human respiratory tract cell lines. J Ethnopharmacol. 2013 Jan 9;145(1):146-51.
- Birgit Schittek, B., Hpfel, R., et al. Dermcidin: a novel human antibiotic peptide secreted by sweat glands. Nature Immunology , 2001, 1133 – 1137
- Wilczak, J, M. Łój, M., et al. The influence of hydrolyzed and non-hydrolyzed linden inflorescence (Tilia cordata) extract on metabolic and transcriptomic profile in rat liver. Journal of Animal and Feed Sciences, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2013, 63–69
- Barry J. Fritz M, et al. Determining the effects of lipophilic drugs on membrane structure by solid-state NMR spectroscopy: the case of the antioxidant curcumin. J Am Chem Soc.2009 Apr 1;131(12):4490-8.