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Colostrum against cold and influenza

About colds and influenza

The influenza or “the flu”, as it is commonly called, causes by infections in the respiratory tract. In comparison with a cold, influenza virus can cause more severe complications and symptoms and even death. Influenza viruses are changing constantly, usually by mutation. This enables the virus to attack the immune system of its host so that people are susceptible to the influenza virus throughout their life. Recovery from the flu takes from one to two weeks and most people recover completely, however some people can develop serious and potentially life-threatening diseases such as pneumonia.


Typically symptoms of influenza are high fever, respiratory problems such as a cough, sore throat, runny and stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and fatigue; other symptoms can be nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and gastrointestinal symptoms, but these are rather rare. Some people can develop flu related serious complications such as pneumonia; the most at risk groups are the elderly, children and the people with chronic health problems.

Do antibiotics work?

No. Antibiotics are designed to fight against bacterial infections; because colds and flu are viral, antibiotics really cannot affect them. The overuse of antibiotics has led to the growth of many strains of common bacteria, which are now antibiotics resistant. Sometimes infection caused by a virus can be followed by infection caused by bacteria and this should be treated by antibiotics, but generally, the use of antibiotics should be limited to only necessary cases.

How colostrum can help agains colds and flu

To protect against the flu many people are recommended the flu vaccine, but there are so many strains of flu virus that it is impossible to create a vaccine to immunize people against all of them. To have a vaccine is not without risk. They are made using dead or weakened viruses and bacteria and they can have serious consequences.

Taking colostrum before the winter period can strength the immune system naturally; it may also help to take colostrum with the first symptoms of an oncoming cold or flu for reduction of some of them. Colostrum helps to fight viruses by giving support to the immune system. Colostrum's anti-viral properties include Lactoferrin, Cytokines and Leukocytes. Lactoferrin is an iron-binding protein with anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Cytokines help to boost the production of antibodies important in fighting viral infections and they regulate the intensity of the immune system response. Leukocytes are white blood cells that invade and destroy foreign pathogens, including viruses.

Recent research has shown: “Two month supplementation with oral colostrum was compared to anti-influenza vaccination in the prevention of flu. Colostrum was at least three times more effective than vaccination in preventing flu.” (Cesarone, MR)

Our holvita™ colostrum can help to boost immunity and offer support against viral infections such as cold and flu.

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