Conquering the Common Cold

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Zinc, vitamin C, and beta carotene (pro-vitamin A) are a powerful team. These three essential nutrients work even better in combination with echinacea, ginger, wild cherry bark and licorice to help you ward off sore throats and colds.

Here's how they do it. Researchers have identified zinc as an activator of at least 100 important enzyme functions in the human body. It is also known that zinc is essential for immune function: the ability of the body to resist and fight infections. It enhances the activity of vitamin A, and both nutrients are essential for the health and integrity of the epithelial cells that form the membranes lining the mouth, throat, sinuses, stomach and bowels.

Almost 20 years ago a three-year-old girl, who was undergoing treatment for cancer and receiving vitamin and mineral supplements as part of her therapy, came down with a sore throat and cold. It made it difficult for her to swallow whole tablets and she was encouraged to chew them. Within two hours her sore throat and other cold symptoms miraculously disappeared. Her parents drew this to the attention of their physician, and ultimately, a clinical study was set up. It conclusively established the anti-cold virus activity of zinc. When the zinc tablet is chewed the mineral ionizes in the saliva, and migrates into the tissues of the mouth. From there it enters the blood stream where it then comes in contact with the cold virus, binds with its shell, and neutralizes it.

Vitamin C reduces the severity and duration of colds because it neutralizes the toxins that cause the symptoms of runny nose, muscle pain, headache, and inflammation. Vitamin C also helps to protect the body from environmental pollutants that lower resistance to viral infections.

Beta Carotene or vitamin A helps the body resist colds. It also helps the body resist other viral infections, and in this role benefits the thymus gland. The thymus, which is the master gland for immune function, shrinks when the adrenals enlarge as a result of illness or excess stress. Vitamin A helps prevent adrenal enlargement.

Echinacea is reported by R. Bauer and H. Wagner to have a powerful immune stimulating and anti-viral effect.

Ginger has long been recognized by herbalists for its healing effect on the tissues, stimulating circulation of the blood and helping promote healing. As an expectorant it helps clear the bronchial passages of mucous.

Wild cherry bark is valued by herbalists for managing fevers and severe coughs, and is recognized for its tonic effect on the chest and lungs, and licorice is a popular herbal remedy for coughs and chest colds.

You'll be glad to know all these ingredients have been combined in a chewable supplement now available in health food stores. It's called Kama C.A.Z.E., distributed by Albi Imports

Recommended reading from alive Books

Super Natural Immune Power by Stella Weller (sc) 144pp $5.50

Understanding Your Immune System by E. Potts & M. Morra (pb) 217pp $4.95

Viruses, Allergies & the Immune System by J. DeVries (sc) 128pp $9.95

Echinacea: The Immune Herb! by Chrisopher Hobbs (bklt) 40pp $7.50

Maximum Immunity by Michael Weiner (pb) 385pp $5.95

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By Croft Woodruff

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