Cold and flu season in Singapore is unmistakable — many people will be sneezing and coughing uncontrollably, constantly sniffling, and complaining of a sore throat. It would seem that everyone around — from family members, friends, colleagues, supervisors, commuters on the MRT or bus - has it.
A high number of flu cases are seen during two peak seasons in Singapore, one during the months of April through to June, and the other during the year-end. Additionally, in July 2017 alone, almost 3,200 cases of respiratory tract infections, including the common cold, were reported at polyclinics.
The cold and flu are both infections of the upper respiratory tract, However, they are both caused by different viruses or bacteria.
In general, the cold is milder and its symptoms range from individual to individual. Symptoms of the common cold include sneezing, a blocked nose, sore throat, and mild cough.
In comparison, symptoms of the flu are more intense. They usually include fever, muscle or body aches, fatigue, chills, headaches, and cough. People suffering from the flu may sometimes sneeze, have a sore throat, or stuffy nose. If the flu is not addressed, it could result in more serious associated respiratory tract complications. [source: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/coldflu.htm%5D
Many factors affect the incidence of respiratory tract infections in adults, two of which are the lack of proper sleep as well as increased stress. Some consequences of respiratory tract infections are a decrease in work productivity, and the inability to effectively perform activities such as driving.
The best prevention of a respiratory tract infection is a strong immune system. Having strong body immunity prevents viruses from fully expressing themselves. Some ways of boosting the body’s immunity include having sufficient sleep, stress management, and good nutrition with dietary supplementation.
Should you develop symptoms of the cold or flu, it is also important to support the immune system to recover from the infection. This enables the body’s immunity to fight the virus that is causing respiratory tract infection and allows the body to heal faster.
Medlab has created a novel vitamin C powder called MANUKA -CTM that will support optimal functioning of the immune system in adults, as well as relieve symptoms of cold, sore throat, and upper respiratory tract infections.
Medlab is a clinical research and development institute that creates bio-therapeutics that enhance the absorption and bioavailability of their products, to complement existing preventative care for healthy lifestyles.
Thus, Medlab has formulated MANUKA -CTM as a powder that dissolves in water, enabling those with difficulty swallowing capsules to easily consume this. Its powder form also increases the bioavailability and absorption of MANUKA -CTM by the body. This reduces the incidence of excess vitamin C being excreted through the urine.
The ingredients in MANUKA -CTM brings several benefits to the body:
Simply add 1 teaspoon of MANUKA -CTM to 200ml of water, and drink this one to two times a day. MANUKA -CTM is suitable for adults and vegetarians. It is not to be used by children under the age of two years without medical recommendation.
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