Canadians suffer an average of 2–5 colds every year, according to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.[1] The common cold can be caused by some 200 viruses and is one of the leading causes of missed work and school days.

We all know that catching a cold can leave you feeling pretty rotten. A cold can drag on for days, or even weeks and lead to sleepless nights, a stuffed up nose, and seemingly constant coughing, sneezing, and sniffling. And, if you catch the flu, symptoms are even worse.

Imagine if you could stop a cold in its tracks? Imagine if, when cold viruses attack, you were ready and waiting with natural antimicrobial agents to snuff out symptoms of colds and flu?

Natural Cold and Flu Remedies

Oregano is no average herb. It contains active compounds called carvacrol, thymol, and rosmarinic acid, and has four times as much antioxidant potential as blueberries. Culinary oregano contains very little of these active compounds, however, so eating pizza and pasta won’t do much to cure your cold (sorry!).

Thankfully, oregano oil is a potent solution that effectively addresses infections of all kinds, including colds and other upper respiratory tract infections as well as stomach ailments. Oregano oil’s antimicrobial properties have been shown to destroy bacteria, fungal infections, and certain intestinal parasites. It also provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory protection.

It is easy to see, then, why this natural oil has traditionally been used by herbalists to treat infections. Of course, oil of oregano is not a foolproof way of preventing coughs and colds, but having it on hand could help stop infections in their tracks and mean fewer days off work during cold and flu season.

Not all oil of oregano is the same, though. When choosing products, be sure to check whether they are standardized to contain meaningful amounts of the active ingredients, namely carvacrol.

Products such as COLD-A-TAK® Oregano Oil (with 80% carvacrol) are increasingly popular. As the nights get colder and the coughs and sneezes commence, having this tried and tested remedy on hand helps you fight off the rhinovirus that causes winter colds.

In addition, Webber Naturals has harnessed the power of natural echinacea by creating the standardized extract COLD-A-TAK Echinillin®. Clinically proven to get rid of a cold three times faster, it contains a beneficial ratio of alkylamides, polysaccharides, and cichoric acid as used in clinical studies. Research has shown that these bioactive components induce immunomodulation and enhance the action of immune cells. This natural remedy prompts cells called phagocytes (a type of white blood cell) to devour and destroy viruses. [2] And, in one randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, volunteers who took the extract at the first sign of a cold (taking 10 doses the first day and four doses per day on subsequent days for 7 days) had a 23.1% lower daily symptom score than those taking a placebo. [3]

How to Take COLD-A-TAK

COLD-A-TAK products are pharmaceutical grade cold remedies that feature standardized levels of key active compounds to support the immune system’s efforts in tracking down and eliminating pathogens. This includes the rhinovirus responsible for the common cold.

To give these remedies the best shot at preventing a full-blown cold, they should be taken at the first sign of viral infection. That means reaching for a COLD-A-TAK product if you’re experiencing symptoms such as:

  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Cold sores

Who Can Benefit from COLD-A-TAK?

Anyone whose daily routine brings them into contact with a wide array of germs can benefit from taking the COLD-A-TAK products. If you work in healthcare, education, retail, or if you just take transit a lot, using these remedies can help prevent you from getting a full-blown cold. The same is true if you have kids who come home from school or daycare with the sniffles.

For some older adults, very young children, and those with compromised immunity, getting a cold or the flu can have serious consequences. For most, however, these aren’t hugely significant but might necessitate a few days off from work or school.

There were an estimated 55,000 cases of the flu in Canada in the 2017/2018 flu season alone. [4] January and February are peak times for catching the flu, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods come March. Winter flu season continues right on through into April, so if you haven’t caught it yet there’s still a chance you’ll catch the flu this year. Keep COLD-A-TAK products handy so you can act fast at the first sign of a sniffle or sneeze and reduce the severity and duration of your symptoms.

References:

[1] Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. Common Colds. Available: https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/diseases/common_cold.html

[2] Goel V, Lovlin R, Chang C, et al. A proprietary extract from the echinacea plant (Echinacea purpurea) enhances systemic immune response during a common cold. Phytother Res. 2005; 19(8):689-94.

[3] Goel V, Lovlin R, Barton R, et al. Efficacy of a standardized echinacea preparation (Echinilin) for the treatment of the common cold: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. J Clin Pharm Ther. 2004; 29(1):75-83.

[4] Infection Prevention and Control Canada. Current Seasonal Influenza Update. Available: https://ipac-canada.org/influenza-resources.php