‘Aaaaachoo! God bless you! ‘Is this what you are going through of late as the season is changing? We all go through the seasonal bout of flu with symptoms of cough and cold every now and then. The common cold is an infection of the upper respiratory tract caused by a variety of viruses. It is a highly communicable condition which can spread through airborne droplets or by direct contact with the infected secretions of the respiratory tract.
Cold generally starts off with a sore throat along with symptoms like:
- Headache and ear ache
- Running nose
- Low grade fever
- Watery eyes
- Loss of appetite
Common cold can e contagious one or two days before the symptoms begin to show up. As mentioned above, many viruses cause common cold but the most common viruses are rhinovirus, adenovirus, par influenza virus and corona virus. The common cold is the most frequently occurring disease in the world and the body cannot develop resistance against it as new cold viruses keep developing.
Some of the risk factors for common cold are as follows:
- Weak immune system: A strong immune system is like a shield against all the pathogens but the moment this natural guard takes a dip, the viruses causing common cold attack. Excessive emotional turmoil and fatigue can also make an individual more prone to common cold.
- Age: Young children and babies are more susceptible to catching cold as their immune system is not all that well-developed.
- Seasonal changes: Catching common cold is more common during the fall, rainy season and winter. The reason for this being those during these times people tend to stay confined indoors where the possibility of transmitting the viruses becomes higher.
Influenza- Commonly known as flu, influenza is caused by a virus and is highly contagious. Common symptoms of flu are:
a) High temperature
b) Cold sweats and shivering
d) Headache and ear ache
e) Aching limbs and joints
f) Gastrointestinal issues like nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea are more common symptoms in young children. High fever is not a common symptom of common cold, but if present, it can be a sign of flu along with a bacterial infection. In such a case, antibiotics are of help.
The individual may get relief from the normal symptoms of flu but the general weakness and fatigue continues for many days after recovery. So, the best way to prevent all the diseases caused by seasonal changes is to be aware of the diseases. Taking precautions and building up immunity are the two solutions to keep you safe.
Turmflu is a novel product, from Bagdara Farms, based on the age-old benefit of phytochemicals called curcumin and turmerone.
The benefits of curcumin for cold and flu are as follows:
- Since curcumin and turmerone both have broad spectrum antimicrobial activity, it can help to provide relief from symptoms of cold by interfering with the activity of the protein haemagglutin that is present on the surface of viruses.
- Curcumin is rich in manganese and potassium that can protect the immune system from various viruses that can cause flu and also secondary infection by bacteria. Thus, we can say that curcumin ahs great anti viral benefits.
- As a powerful antioxidant, curcumin and turmerone can fight the free radicals that can weaken the immune system making it more prone to infections.
- Curcumin has the potent therapeutic ability to reduce the viral replication by almost 90%, thus preventing the spread of infections to other cells.
- The anti inflammatory properties of curcumin blocks the nuclear factor kappa B which is the main culprit giving rise to inflammation. This property helps in reducing fever and providing relief from cold and cough.