Some natural supplements can be of great help during seasonal changes, when there are continuous changes in temperature and you risk developing the dreaded flu symptoms more easily: cough, sore throat, cold, etc.
Products such as FLAVOXALE® (mixture based on propolis, honey and Manuka essential oil) or natural extracts such as elderberry juice and echinacea have a balsamic effect and, as we will see, can be really useful in helping to stimulate the proper functioning of the immune system. , support the functionality of the upper respiratory tract and the fluidity of bronchial secretions.
It is a unique combination of precious natural elements derived from bees that collect propolis, honey and essential oil Manuka New Zealand, which have shown 2 to have beneficial qualities that help to support the immune system thanks to the natural defenses our organism, particularly in the respiratory tract.
Propolis is a natural product that derives from the work of foraging bees , whose use in popular tradition has been handed down for centuries. Numerous scientific researches 1 have shown interesting beneficial properties. To obtain this extraordinary product, bees collect resins and gums on the buds and trunks of some plants, working them with their enzymes and transforming them into propolis.
The properties of propolis were already known at the time of the Egyptians. Think that the Greeks and Romans used it to disinfect wounds! The composition of this substance is characterized by an interesting concentration of polyphenols and flavonoids , in particular galangin and pinocembrin. It is mainly used as an adjuvant in mucosal and skin infections and as a support for the immune system.
These properties have also been confirmed by recent pharmacological studies 1 , where propolis has also been shown to be active on fungi , in particular on Candida Albicans , responsible for two frequent ailments of the child: thrush and diaper candidiasis. Other human studies 1 confirm its usefulness as "first aid" to assist in the treatment of viral infections of the upper airways such as colds, sore throats, stomatitis, etc.
However, it should be remembered that, although propolis can be used safely, it obviously does not have the same therapeutic efficacy as an antibiotic and, in the presence of persistent or worsening symptoms, it is always better to consult a doctor.
3. Manuka honey
The Manuka honey native to New Zealand is having un'enrome famous because of its attractive benefits. Manuka honey is mainly produced in New Zealand and Australia from the sweet nectar of the manuka tree, Leptospermum scoparium , and contains unique elements that make this honey support respiratory health.
One of the most significant characteristics that distinguishes Manuka honey from others on the market is the presence of a high percentage of Methylglyoxal or MGO (MethylGlyOxal), a natural active ingredient that promotes the elimination of bacteria present in the body. In 2006, studies conducted by Professor Thomas Henle, head of Food Chemistry at the University of Dresden, showed that Methylglyoxal is directly responsible for the antibacterial activity of Manuka honey, where the potential for contrasting various types of honey emerged. microorganisms. In addition, while in the other types of honey the formation of hydrogen peroxide (commonly called "hydrogen peroxide"), which has a disinfectant and germicidal action, vanishes quickly, in Manuka honey it remains stable thanks to this component that does not degrade with heat or light and is resistant to enzymatic activity in body fluids .
Elderberry has been used for centuries in the culinary tradition and in Western herbal medicine as a flavoring and coloring agent for infusions thanks to the extract of elderberries . In support of the use of elderberry in the immunological sphere, a series of researches 3 have been conducted which have shown how elderberries can help the activity of the immune defenses, as well as provide an antioxidant action.
The flavonoids contained in elderberry juice bring relief in case of nasal congestion and help to stimulate and thin the bronchial secretion, so as to move excess mucus more easily.
L ' echinacea is one of the plants commonly used in the indigenous folk medicine in the United States and in modern herbal medicine to help adults and children find well-being in case of seasonal disorders to respiratory tract and influenza-like illness.
From the United States, the use of echinacea has expanded to Europe, particularly in Germany, where it is still frequently prescribed by doctors and pediatricians 4 . The action of echinacea is expressed through its ability to support the immune system's response to infections, intervening positively in case of diseases involving the upper airways, such as colds, coughs and the classic flu symptoms.
You can start taking echinacea even two or three months before the first colds arrive, stopping the regular intake of this product for a week or two and then resume, so as not to accustom the body too much to the substance and thus maintain its its effectiveness.
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