Everyone’s worst nightmare on a cold winter morning is to wake up with a sore throat, a blocked nose and a sore head. It means you are faced with the conundrum of either phoning the office to explain why you won’t be making it in today, or to drag yourself to work and inflict a variety of germs onto your co-workers.
While products such as aspirin and lemsip can be very useful in your dire state of need, there could be a helping hand from the humble elderberry. Extract from the black elderberry is the main, key ingredient in a product called sambucol that is designed to alleviate cold and flu symptoms. Sambucol also contains Betacarotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B6, Zinc, Folic Acid, Copper, Selenium. It is available in two forms; a clear black liquid or in convenient capsules.
Myself, I like to use it in liquid form – unlike some medicine, it doesn’t taste too bad. As soon as I start to feel any sign of the symptoms of a cold, I start to double my intake of fruit and vegetables, consume Vitamin C and Zinc supplements, along with a shot of sambucol twice a day.
If I’m lucky, within a few days my immune system will have warded off the effects of the virus and I can continue with my life phlegm-free. Even if the illness does take hold before you are able to take steps to prevent it, increasing dosage of sambucol, Vitamin C and Zinc can reduce the effects significantly. This should hopefully leave you able to make it into work AND feel like yourself while you’re there.
I hope this helps some of you who are currently in a cold-induced state and that you make it out the other side. Have a great week and I’ll be back soon with more of my thoughts.