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Don't take on winter without Linctagon! - Your parenting partner from pregnancy to pre-school

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Don't take on winter without Linctagon!

The Linctagon range offers support to those who are suffering from colds and flu or secondary bacteriological infections of the nose, throat, lungs and ears. The actives in Linctagon’s plant base display both anti-bacteriological and bacteriostatic properties, making the products in the range an obvious first line of defence against bacteriological respiratory infections associated with conditions such as sinusitis, ear infections, tonsillitis and bronchitis.

In addition research studies indicate that Linctagon’s actives also assist the body to get over colds and flu quicker through its active support of the immune system. Linctagon users generally report that complaints associated with colds and respiratory infections like coughing, a sore throat and runny nose, clear up fairly fast.
The main active ingredient in the whole Linctagon range is Pelargonium sidoides, a medical native plant from South Africa. The extraction of Pelargonium sidoides is successfully used for the treatment of respiratory tract disease, including infection in the airways and ear-nose-throat region. Note that efficacy of support may vary between users.

The various Linctagon products are available from pharmacies, Dischems, Clicks, retail outlets and garage forecourts (sachets) nationwide. Formulations, the action of active ingredients, dosages and contraindications are listed on the Nativa website http://www.nativa.co.za/products/category/linctagon

Choosing the right Linctagon:

· The first product to be developed by marketers Nativa, trusted Linctagon Syrup is a smooth, thick and pleasant tasting extract of Pelargonium Sidoides that is popular with the whole family because its actives linger a little longer in the throat and provide a pleasing sensation when throats are sore. It is also available in a sugar and alcohol free variant.

Linctagon Syrup recommended selling price (RSP) R102.80 for 150ml.

Linctagon Syrup, Sugar and Alcohol Free RSP R82.90 for150ml.

· Linctagon Spray is a convenient concentrate popular with mothers and their small children as it fits into a handbag with ease, children like the taste and it is very easy to administer. RSP R102.80 for 20 ml.

· Linctagon Forte Tablets (RSP R113 for 30) and Linctagon Forte Capsules (RSP R102.80 for 20) have added quercitin, zinc (only in Linctagon Forte Capsules) and bromelain which deliver added symptomatic relief by assisting the body to:
counter inflammation and viral activity; ease congestion; suppress coughing; prevent allergic reactions; cope better with inhaled dust; counter cell-destructing free radicals and fluid retention.

· Linctagon-C Effervescent is a great tasting, three-a-day fizzy combining all the goodness of Linctagon Forte Tables and Capsules with added Vitamins A and C (anti-viral); MSM (with anti-inflammatory properties) and Zinc (involved in practically all the immune processes in the body). RSP R77.60 for 12.

· Linctagon Lozenges have been formulated to provide soothing throat relief and can also be used as a preventative. RSP R41.95 for 15.

· Linctagon Nasal Spray contains Xylitol and saline to assist the body to isolate and flush out bacteria from the nasal passage and could also be beneficial to counter ear infections and irritants that trigger allergies. RSP R43.70 for 15 ml

· Linctagon Cough may assist the body to manage coughing and chest infections. The formula has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and immune-boosting properties to assist both wet and dry coughs. Suitable for the whole family from six months and older. RSP R89.95 for 150ml and sachets RSP R6.15 for 10ml.

· Linctagon Viral Defence lends a hand with immune support and it is a good idea to take it before and during the winter months. Consisting of mostly naturally occurring actives the formula displays immune-boosting and immune maintenance qualities. It may also support the body to fight infection and inflammation, bacteria and free radicals. RSP R106.85 for 60 capsules.

· Linctagon Chest Rub contains menthol, camphor, eucalyptus oil, pine oil and shea butter. It may support the body to manager the symptoms of chest infections, including congestion and coughing. It can also be used as an inhalant to assist the body to counter nasal congestion. RSP R33.90 for 25g.

· Linctagon Lip Balm (RSP R35.60 for 5ml)

Specially formulated for the younger ones: Linctagon Junior range http://www.nativa.co.za/products/category/linctagon%20junior

· Linctagon Junior Viral Defence, RSP R64.60 for 150ml, can assist the body with immune support, inflammation support, infection support, free radical support. The once a day dosage is safe to use from one year of age and is free from artificial colourants, tartrazine, caffeine, lactose, gluten or yeast. Its super formula contains:
Rose hip which has scientific evidence supporting the antioxidant and immune function properties:
Echinacea has been used historically for support during infections, influenza, nasal congestion or runny nose, nasopharyngeal catarrh, tonsillitis and whooping cough, as well as being an antioxidant.
Grape seed extract’s efficacy is mainly due to its antioxidant effect. Antioxidants are necessary to protect our cells, including cells that form part of the immune system.

B vitamins for antibody formation, necessary for normal cell function, growth and energy production. They are also essential for the metabolism of carbs, proteins and fats and are important for the normal functioning of the immune system.
Vitamin C has antioxidant properties, helping to prevent cell damage by neutralizing free radicals.
Vitamin A is required for a vast number of biological processes such as vision and cellular growth.
Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium.

Vitamin E. Due to its antioxidant properties Vitamin E has been proposed for use as a supportive part of a preventative or treatment plan for numerous health conditions, including support of the immune function.

· Linctagon-C Junior (RSP R77.60 for 12) offers anti-viral and anti-bacterial support as well as infection, inflammation, congestion and allergy support. It has no sugar, gluten or lactose and is safe to use from one year of age. With natural antibiotic properties it can act as a first line defence against infections associated with colds and flu. It may also assist to speed up recovery time and reduce severity of illnesses such as sinusitis, tonsillitis and bronchitis. In the formulation are:

Pelargonium for antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Vitamin C has antioxidant properties, helping to prevent cell damage by neutralizing free radicals.

Bromelain can be used to treat sinus inflammation and can also prevent sinusitis from progressing into bronchitis.

MSM has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Zinc is necessary for a healthy immune system. People who are deficient in zinc tend to be more susceptible to a variety of infections.

Vitamin A is required for a vast number of biological processes such as vision and cellular growth.

· Linctagon Throat Lollies (RSP R39.70 for 12) offer immune, infection, irritation and antioxidant support and contain menthol oil, zinc, ginger oil and Echinacea extract which can all help to build a healthy immune system. They may also help to soothe irritated, scratchy and sore throats.

People who cannot take Linctagon:

· Pregnant and lactating mothers;

· People with raised haemorrhage (bleeding) inclination;

· People suffering from severe liver and kidney illness;

· People who are allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients;

· Linctagon Syrup, Linctagon Cough, Linctagon Viral Defence Junior, Linctagon Lollies and Linctagon Lozenges are not suitable for people with diabetics.

Insights into the nasty world of colds and flu

· Both are contagious viral illnesses.

· The common cold is the most frequently occurring illness in the world and is the world’s leading cause of visits to the doctor and days off work and school. 2-4 times a year the average adult suffers from a cold. 6-8 times a year an average child suffers from a cold. 200 viruses are implicated in the cause of the common cold which occurs most frequently in the autumn and winter months.

· Families with school age children have more flu infections than other families. On average one third of family members are infected with flu passed on by a child each year. Children can remain contagious longer than adults (more than seven days). Children are two to three times more likely than adults to get sick with the flu.

· How to contract colds and flu: Colds and flu are passed on through direct contact (hand to hand, kissing or hugging, etc) with an infected person. The person then touches eyes or nose and deposits the virus in a warm environment where it can thrive. It is then swept to the back of the throat where the virus sticks to cells and reproduces. This whole process takes only around 12 hours.

· How to avoid spreading colds and flu: wash your hands frequently with soap and water; avoid contact with others; avoid touching your eyes and nose; use disposable tissues; avoid sharing towels.

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