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Got Cold Symptoms? Five Ways to Stay Healthy This Season
Date:2/17/2009

- Europe's Top-Selling Cold Remedy Now Available in U.S. -

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Aaaaachooooo! Gesundheit! It's that time of the year again when sneezing, stuffy noses, sore throats and coughs start to make unwelcome visits. Each year, U.S. families spend over $3 billion in over-the-counter cold remedies in the hopes of preventing and lessening symptoms of the common cold. Yet, according to the Centers of Disease Control, Americans still manage to miss approximately 22 million days of school due to the common cold. While it's no secret that there is no cure for the common cold, there are proven ways to help increase your chances of warding off the sniffles during this cold season.

Here are some useful tips for consumers to help keep their families and homes cold-free this year:

Nourish your body - Eating healthy and well balanced meals gives your body the energy and fuel it needs to strengthen your immune system and fight off any intruders. Foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals will keep your body functioning at its best.

Take a natural cold remedy with pelargonium - Take a natural cold remedy with pelargonium. Zucol Coldcare is the first and only natural cold remedy in the U.S. that is clinically proven to shorten the duration and reduce the severity of the common cold without zinc and its harsh side effects. Its secret weapon is an extract of Pelargonium sidoides, a potent yet gentle plant-based pharmaceutical ingredient that has been used for generations as a remedy throughout Europe.

The benefits of pelargonium have been featured in several U.S. medical journals including the American Family Physician and The Journal of Family Practice. Taken at the earliest signs of a cold, Zucol has been proven to end cold symptoms sooner and reduce the likelihood of secondary infections. Zucol , a gentle quick-dissolve lozenge, is produced according to exacting FDA-drug standards and should be taken three-times-a-day for six full days.

Clean and disinfect your work area - According to a University of Arizona study, a typical desk is capable of supporting up to 10 million bacteria -- that's 400 times more germs than the average toilet seat! Frequently cleaning and disinfecting your telephone, key board and mouse are necessary to avoid the spread and contamination of cold germs and viruses.

Wash your hands - Many of the surfaces that hands come in contact with on a daily basis are filled with germs. Door knobs, ATM machines, elevator buttons, bus armrests, escalator handrails and money are prime examples of everyday things riddled in viruses and germs. Health Magazine reported that after testing 38 ATMs in downtown Taipei, Chinese researchers discovered that each key contained, on average, 1,200 germs!

Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated - Getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of water are two important ways to keep colds away. Water is an effective way to remove toxins and keep the body hydrated while getting plenty of rest allows your body to repair itself and strengthen immune function.

"Zucol is powerful medicine to fight colds, and this plant-based extract has been studied extensively and found to be safe for children. In Germany, it is prescribed to adults of all ages and children beginning at two years of age -- though we recommend that when used for children younger than six, you consult your family doctor," said Dr. David Riley, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, University of New Mexico Medical School and Founder of the Integrative Medicine Institute. "With all of the recent warnings from the FDA about conventional cough and cold medications in children, it seems prudent to use a safe and effective alternative."

In addition, pelargonium has also been the subject of 18 published clinical studies which concluded that cold sufferers were able to return to their normal routine a full two days faster than those who simply treated their symptoms with OTC medicines."

"While there are many over-the-counter remedies to choose from, pelargonium sidoides preparations have been used to treat coughs and upper respiratory symptoms for hundreds of years, and it is now the top-selling active ingredient for upper respiratory tract infections sold in Germany and most of Europe," said David Gumner, Vice President Mass Market at Nature's Way, the U.S. manufacturer of Zucol and subsidiary of Schwabe Pharmaceuticals in Germany. "It was only a matter of time before pelargonium would arrive in the United States in the form of Zucol."

This cold season, it is necessary to make choices that promote strong immune function in order to keep your family, children and self healthy. Don't forgot to stock medicine cabinets with items such as tissues, Vitamin C, hand sanitizers, saline nose drops and disinfectant spray to help ward away germs and bacteria.

Zucol will be available nationwide at Walgreens, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, Meijer Stores, and regional drug stores and pharmacies across the US.

About Schwabe Pharmaceuticals

Schwabe Pharmaceuticals, based in Karlsruhe Germany, is a leading phyto-pharmaceutical company and purveyor of leading OTC medicines in Germany and worldwide. Schwabe leads in the research, development and commercialization of the most effective plant-based remedies. As a vertically integrated pharmaceutical company, Schwabe carefully controls the manufacturing process from growing and harvesting the plants to the production and finished goods. Schwabe products are sold in over 60 countries worldwide

About Nature's Way

Nature's Way was founded in 1968 and has improved the lives of millions of consumers by bringing the healing power of nature through herbal formulations. Nature's Way is headquartered in Springville, Utah and its products are sold throughout the US.

For more information on Zucol, please log onto Zucol.com.

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