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And what about chicken soup, you ask? 

The suspected benefits of chicken soup have been reported for centuries.  The Egyptian physician Maimonides recommended it for respiratory symptoms in his 12th century writings that were, in turn, based on earlier Greek writings.  And, of course, mothers all over the world have said it time and time again.

University of Nebraska researcher, Dr. Stephen Rennard, became interested in the subject, and in 1993, he conducted a well-controlled research study on chicken soup that he prepared in the laboratory following his family’s recipe.  He was not able to identify the exact ingredients or ingredients in the soup that he prepared in the laboratory following his family’s recipe.  He was not able to identify the exact ingredient or ingredients in the soup that made it effective but concluded that it was the combination of all the vegetables and the chicken soup that made it so beneficial. 

The study also presented evidence that chicken soup can stop or reduce inflammation.  Since inflammation, particularly of the respiratory tract, contributes to cold/flu symptoms, the soup clearly has its benefits.  For comparison purposes, commercially available chicken soups were tested for anti-inflammatory effects, and most of the soups were just as effective as the homemade chicken soup.

There are also many herbs, which are recommended for both conditions.  Some boost the immune system, some suppress cough, and yet other reduce fever.  Since all herbs contain active substances that may interact with other herbs, supplements or medications, or trigger side effects, it is advisable to consult a knowledgeable practitioner in this field.  Here some of the herbs used to treat cold/flu that are also found in Alveo: Licorice, Peppermint, and Yarrow.

Similarly, dietary supplements (such as vitamins, minerals and others) may interact with medications or have various side effects; therefore, a consultation with a knowledgeable health provider is advised.  Despite a popular belief that vitamin C can cure a cold/flu, the scientific evidence in support of this, is limited.  Some experts suggest that vitamin C may only be beneficial for individuals with already low levels of this supplement.  Others suggest that the effect of vitamin C may be very individual – some people may improve, while others may not. 

Several studies, but not all, have revealed that zinc lozenges and nasal zinc gels may reduce some symptoms of cold and flu, cough in particular.  However, nasal zinc spray does not appear to have the same benefits.

Prevention

Even though everybody gets cold/flu from time to time, there are preventive measures one can take.  The best defense is frequent hand washing.  Scrubbing your hands for at least 15 seconds with the ordinary soap and water is the most efficient way to prevent viruses from entering the body.  Remember: telephones, doorknobs, shopping cart handles and computer keyboards, are well known carriers of germs!  And of course, a healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate rest and reduction of stress are all essential I building a strong immune system.

Alveo Can Help!

One of the reasons our body needs food supplements is the quality of food in our stores and markets.  Most of our food, if not all, is mass-produced, meaning it is produced with the use of pesticides, colorants and additives.  It often has decreased nutritional value.  Since food is essential in keeping our organs and body systems working properly, we need to add supplements to our diets to meet nutritional requirements and to keep our bodies strong and resilient.

In order to get all nutrients to our organs, our digestive system must absorb them well.  Alveo is an excellent digestive tonic and as such, helps in the gastrointestinal absorption by stimulating digestive enzyme production.  The herbs found in Alveo also have anti-inflammatory properties in the gastrointestinal tract.  When our organs are well-nourished and function properly, we are much more prepared to face the fall and winter seasons.

Until next time…Stay healthy

Katarzyna

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Alveo should be a basic part of our preventive health program against majority of diseases and premature aging.

Alveo improves the function of Central Nervous System (CNS) by supporting blood circulation and the nutritional requirements of the brain.  It also improves the activity of neurontransmitters (chemicals which help to transmit nerve impulses), and has a calming effect.  The extracts that have the greatest effect in this area are ginkgo biloba, gotu kola, lavender, passionflower and blessed thistle.  The result is an improved memory, better concentration, an improved ability to adapt one’s mood (and in avoiding depressive moods), and deeper sleep.  CNS functions are important to support because the brain creates hormones that affect every other organ in the body. 

A healthy brain usually means a healthy body.  Alveo harmonizes the hormonal system by providing prohormones of phytosterol, plant hormones that activate your natural metabolism by working on the endocrine glands.  The main extracts utilized in this area are red clover, licorice, and alfalfa, as well as several others.  They are important to menstrual regularity, fertility in both genders and for moderating the symptoms of menopause.  These extracts also help to regulate blood sugar levels, helping to prevent diabetes and obesity.

Alveo also harmonizes the function of the immune system by adapting the capacity and mucous membranes of the alimentary tract, harmonizing the microbes in the large intestine and by boosting the Peyers patches; the cells of the immune system that surround the small intestine.  It helps food move through the intestines and has anti-inflammatory effects on the intestinal wall.  Baradykinase from aloe, tannins, pectins, chlorophyll and antibiotic substances are those parts of Alveo that are active here.  

Alveo helps the hormonal system create estrogen – an essential hormone even for men.  It also increases our resistance to stress by boosting the immune system and has detoxicative and diuretic effects that facilitate the function of the liver and kidneys.

Extracts from gingko biloba, licorice and alfalfa lead the way in fighting off autoimmune diseases (diseases where the body has an immune response to itself) such as psoriasis.  Extracts from Siberian ginseng, gingko biloba, red clover, licorice, horsetail, Chinese fo-ti-tieng, alfalfa and Korean ginseng also have a positive influence on the prevention of oncogenous diseases.

Alveo ensures the efficiency of vitamins in fighting increased levels of homocystein because by working on hormones it regulates the enzymes and the substances from which an organism creates these enzymes.   Alveo therefore operates at the earliest stages of the defect development, compared to most of today’s pharmaceutical products; which try to fix problem once it has already become major.

Alveo positively influences the activity of the digestive tract by improving the appetite and optimizing the amount and composition of the digestive system and biliary juices (in particular, decreasing the growth of the Helicobacter pylori using Irish moss extract, and thereby preventing ulcerative disorders of the stomach and the small intestine).  It also supports the activity and enzymatic set of the liver (this is where the organ sulphides and bitter extracts from the blessed thistle and yellow genitian come in), and by assisting the adaptation of enteric micro-flora, which provide anti-bacterial, anti-virus and anti-fungal effects, especially in the large intestine and the regulation of bowel movement (through extracts from aloe, licorice, red clover and thyme).

Alveo harmonizes blood circulation by improving heart activity (by utilizing Siberian ginseng, Korean ginseng, alfalfa, lavender, gotu kola and passionflower), improving blood clotting ability, expanding the blood vessels from the coronares to the capillaries (gingko biloba, cayenne and cinnamon operate here) and accelerating blood circulation.   In addition, Alveo supports blood cell creation because the immune system becomes more harmonized with the cytokine set-the cells which destroy alien proteins in the blood.

Alveo  stimulates and protects the respiratory system: it positively influences the depth and frequency of the breath (using yarrow and cayenne); and commensurate with your present condition it may moisten the airways and release mucus, Alveo aids the airways in their expansion and contraction, stimulating expulsion (blessed thistle, horsetail, fennel seed, licorice, Irish moss) and at the same time calming a dry cough (boneset and thyme).  By virtue of its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects.   Alveo leads to the prevention of diseases of the respiratory system.

Alveo harmonizes the musculoskeletal system: it releases tension in the muscles (ginseng, passionflower and guarana) and strengthens muscles that are flaccid and weakened.  By regulating muscle tension, it helps to protect ligaments and bones from stress due to contracted muscles (using Chinese fo-ti-tieng, cardamom and gotu kola).  It also improves the quality of articular cartilage – the anti-inflammatory effects from the extracts can assist in the prevention of rheumatism and arthritis, which are often a result from inflamed joint cartilage.

 

Until next time…Stay healthy

 

Katarzyna

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RosehipROSEHIPS
Rosa canina
Rosehips are one of the most natural and freely available sources of vitamin C, as well as containing other important vitamins, minerals and trace elements.  Its richness in vitamin C makes it especially attractive in the fight against infections, sore throat and as a preventive measure against colds.  Traditionally recommends for urinary tract infections, rheumatism, gout, kidney disease, water retention and sciatica, as well as a general aid against exhaustion. Rosehips have a mild laxative and slight diuretic quality.

 

 

 

syberian ginseng

SIBERIAN GINSENG
Eleutherococcus senticosus
Used in China for over 5000 years, Siberian ginseng has been used as a cure-all for a wide variety of ills.  It is one of the best herbs for the heart and vascular system, increasing blood flow to the heart and lowering blood pressure.  World famous athletes seek out this superior herb for all its restorative and regenerative abilities.  When used regularly, Siberian ginseng helps to regulate and harmonize the entire body by increasing the entire body’s energy and healing abilities.  In Asia, Siberian ginseng is generally accepted treatment in the care of those who have undergone surgery, severe illness, and exhaustion. It helps to prevent a wide variety of debilitating conditions such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease, and it also has the ability to normalize blood pressure.

 

 

Thyme

THYME
Thymus vulgaris
Used from the middle ages onward for its medicinal properties, thyme’s antispasmodic and expectorant properties have been relied upon to treat chronic bronchitis (helping to loosen phlegm and combat bronchial spasm), bronchial asthma, reducing hay fever, chronic gastritis and digestive disorders.  As an antiseptic and antibacterial, thyme has been used in the treatment of inflamed sinuses, nose, throat, and larynx, and has a history as a remedy for whooping cough.

 

 

 

Wild_cherry

WILD CHERRY
Prunus serotina
Generally used as a pain reliever, wild cherry’s most popular claim to fame is that this herb is well known to break down and expel kidney stones.  Wild cherry contains beta carotene and vitamin A.  Long valued as a treatment against colds, coughs, and diarrhea, it is also used in the treatment of lung ailments, in particular, the treatment of whooping cough, bronchitis, pneumonia and other similar disorders.  Herbalists today recommend wild cherry for respiratory ailments such as coughs, colds and bronchitis, and consider it effective for calming effect, relieving anxiety, stress and sleeplessness.

 

 

 

Yarrow 3

YARROW
Achillea millefolium
Used since medieval times, yarrow was looked upon as a headache cure, its anti-inflammatory properties seeming to have the ability to reduce headaches and blood clotting.  Yarrow has been one of the most popular treatments for arthritis and related conditions, alleviating painful inflammation of tissues and joints.  Historically it has also been used to fight bacterial invasion and treat wounds.  Yarrow has also been used to soothe and quiet the digestive system.  Because of the substances contained in yarrow, a feeling of peace and relaxation have been known to be replicated thus making it effective in treating sleeping disorders.  This also makes yarrow particularly beneficial in the treatment of some of the effects of menopause.

 

 

Yellow gentian

YELLOW GENTIAN
Gentiana lutea
Used in the Middle Ages as an antidote for certain poisons and in the treatment of gout and rheumatism, this herb id thought to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.  Said to stimulate the appetite, promote secretion of salivary, gastric, liver, pancreatic and intestinal juices, it accelerates emptying of the stomach and alleviates indigestion, bloating and flatulence.  In its original state, yellow gentian is a very bitter testing herb.  For centuries it has been used to stimulate the gallbladder and pancreas as well as the stomach, improving digestive and liver function.

 

 

 

* Please note that in the United States, Alveo contains American ginseng instead of Asian ginseng.

The information on these pages is intended solely for educational purposes and is not a recommendation by Akuna of any kind.  Akuna and its representatives make no claims as to the ability of herbs and their derivatives to cure or treat any condition.  The herbs contained in Alveo may vary from country to country.

 

Until next time…Stay healthy

Katarzyna

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