The common cold is a viral infection primarily caused by rhinoviruses. Previous studies have shown that probiotics, alone or in combination with prebiotics, have reduced the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections. Swedish researchers enrolled 272 men and women in a 12-week long study, during which subjects were supplemented daily with either with 109 cfu (colony forming units) of probiotics or placebo. The team found that the probiotics reduced the incidence of one or more episodes of the common cold. Among those who received the probiotics, both the total symptom score and number of symptom days among were markedly reduced. The researchers conclude that: “Intake of the probiotic strains Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus paracasei reduces the risk of acquiring common cold infections.”
I recommend Ultra Flora Plus DF capsules by Metagenics. This is an advanced probiotic nutrition blend that is dairy free.
A study of school children in Japan showed a 42% reduction in risk of developing influenza A when taking vitamin D supplements. Asthma attacks were also less common among vitamin D takers who caught the flu.
Also Vitamin D3 is critical for calcium uptake into bone. There is growing evidence that vitamin D may also reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis, depression, obesity, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and upper respiratory infection.
I have been recommending Vitamin D3 for several years now. I am convinced that it can also help clients with chronic low back pain. I usually prefer omega 3 fish ooils with the D3. Take D3 with food.
For centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments such as colds and upset stomachs. But now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that daily ginger consumption also reduces muscle pain caused by exercise.
Ginger has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory effects and decrease pain. Cooking with ginger is one way to increase your intake. Another way to benefit from the pain-relieving effects is to make a shake with UltraInflamX 360.
UltraInflamX® Plus 360° is a medical food made by Metagenics formulated to provide specialized nutritional support—including reduced iso-alpha acids (RIAA, from hops), L-glutamine, and easily digestible rice protein. UltraInflamX includes ginger and rosemary. It also provides turmeric extract, which has been shown in research to inhibit the activities of a wide variety of enzymes, cytokines, eicosanoids, and reactive species implicated in pain and inflammation.
Another recommendation to help decrease pain is to increase EPA-DHA consumption (Omega 3 fish oils). I recommend EPA-DHA 720 by Metagneics.