Getting Ready for Colds and Flu Season: Review and Giveaway (Ends 10/18) CLOSED

Monday, October 04, 2010 Posted by Dina N

It's been surprisingly chilly at night around here, and I just know the first colds, coughs and runny noses of the fall season are not far away. Today, I am featuring three products that may help you prepare for the inevitable arrival of that time of year.

The first product aims to boost your immune system - a little dose of prevention. Kinoko AHCC is made in Japan from the roots of medicinal mushrooms. AHCC stands for Active Hexose Correlated Compound - the world’s most researched natural immune ingredient. Last year, AHCC became Japan’s #1 selling immune supplement which is now available in the U.S. A new clinical study at Michigan State University showed that AHCC enhances the effectiveness of the seasonal flu shot.

Kinoko AHCC comes in a 60-capsule bottle, and should be taken before meals. The recommended daily dose is 4-12 capsules. I found the pills easy to swallow, and the only hard thing for me was to remember to take them before I eat rather than after. I wish a 120 or even 150 count bottles were available, and the AHCC were more concentrated so it could be taken once or twice a day. I learned that the reason for the split dosage is to make sure the product is absorbed completely. The therapeutic dose is 3 grams per day (12 capsules), and the maintenance dose is 1 gram per day (4 capsules). A Kinoko Gold AHCC from the same company has double the strength of Kinoko AHCC, so this addresses my wish for a stronger formula.

Kinoko AHCC from Quality of Life Labs is available at health food stores such as Vitamin Shoppe, at most Whole Foods, as well as online at www.yesAHCC.com.

The other two products to help you during colds season are for children. PediaCare has a line of medications that address most sick-child conditions: cough, cold, allergy, flu, congestion, fever and pain. The products come in several yummy flavors and are available in stores just in time for the colds and flu season.

To guide parents in choosing the best over-the-counter medicine for their child, PediaCare is launching a free iPhone application that will help parents select the product which best addresses the symptoms. Of course, it is for informational purposes only and does not replace a medical diagnosis. The new application will be available for free in October at www.pediacare.com.

I received the PediaCare Children's Fever Reducer/Pain Reliever in cherry and the PediaCare Children's Fever Reducer Plus Multi-Symptom Cold in grape. The first product is for children 2-11, and the second for those 6-11 (okay for ages 4 & 5 with dosage determined by a pediatrician). My children love both flavors, and that helps the medicine go down easier. I have not had the opportunity to try them on my kids since they have not been sick but I welcome a safe alternative to the many recalled cold medications that were pulled from the shelves recently.

Check out the full line of PediaCare products on their website. They retail at $6.99 for a 4 oz. bottle, and are available at drugstores, supermarkets and retailers nationwide.

The Giveaway
One lucky reader will win all three products - a $74 value - one bottle each of Kinoko AHCC, PediaCare Children's Fever Reducer/Pain Reliever, and PediaCare Children's Fever Reducer Plus Multi-Symptom Cold!

To enter, please comment below how you prepare for colds and flu season.

 You may do any and all of the following for extra chances to win:
  • follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway, feel free to copy and paste: "Win PediaCare and Kinoko AHCC products to prepare for colds season! #Giveaway ends 10/18 @aitmama #win #contests #kids http://tiny.cc/yg2dl" – you may do this once a day;
  • go here for additional ways to get extra entries.
The deadline to enter is October 18, 2010, 11:59pm EST. The winner will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail. They will have 72 hours to get back to me, or alternates will be chosen. Subject to this site's Official Rules. Open to residents 18+ of U.S. Winner will receive their prize directly from the company or PR firm. Product information and images courtesy of the sponsor.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was obtained for this post. I received three complimentary products to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed here are mine and may differ from yours, and this review does not intend to give any medical advice or recommendations.

44 comments:

  1. Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

    I live in Minnesota.... I need to always be prepared :) I actually dont do a whole lot to prep but I probably should. I dont get sick often but when i do it takes me out of the game for about three days.

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    Good handwashing is a must for us. I make sure the kids {and hubby, too, :)} to wash after coming in the house.

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