have an average of six to eight colds each year and adults
have two to four. Which home remedies do you use for colds and
do you know if they really work? News that a homeopathic
teething remedy has caused the deaths of at least 10 children
has raised questions about the safety and effectiveness of
alternative medicines for treating common problems.
C was first mentioned as a treatment for the cold in the
1970s. Since then it’s been studied in dozens of trials.
Some have found that if taken daily before you catch a cold,
vitamin C can decrease the severity of symptoms such as sore
throat and runny nose.
also been found to shorten the duration of colds by about 10
percent if taken soon after symptoms begin. That means the 12
days of feeling sick from a cold that adults typically
experiences each year could be reduced to about 11 days with
the help of vitamin C. However, in some studies where vitamin
C is compared to a placebo pill, people taking vitamin C are
no better off than people taking a placebo.
C is found in citrus fruits and berries. The recommended daily
dose is 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women. Some people take a
higher dose, especially during cold season, but doses higher
than 2000 mg per day have been linked to stomach problems and
is still out on the effectiveness of echincaea, a flowering
herb which is made into tinctures and teas and commonly used
to combat colds. Some studies show it boosts the number of
white cells which could mean a stronger immune response to
infections. But other studies find echinacea doesn’t really
the worst that can happen with echinacea is an allergic
reaction that causes a rash and in some people, serious
anaphylactic shock. A more common side effect of the herb is
an upset stomach. Echinacea can cause liver problems if
combined with heart medicines such as amiodarone.
published in 2011 found zinc supplements shortened the
duration of a cold and reduced the number of days kids skipped
school because of illness. The study reviewed the results of
15 experiments and found taking zinc also cut the use of
the studies showed zinc only seemed to work if taken within
the first day of symptoms. People who took supplements soon
after they fell ill were sick for one day less than those who
took a placebo pill.
there are mixed results on the effectiveness of this
supplement. A 2009 study found there simply wasn’t enough
evidence to recommend zinc as a way to prevent and treat
interfere with one of the most common causes of the cold —
rhinoviruses. The supplement has been found to stop
rhinoviruses from replication and could block the virus from
latching on to human cells.
small studies found garlic supplements reduced the number of
colds a person experienced and quickened the pace at which
they recovered from a cold. But these were studies of only a
few hundred people.
analysis which grouped together the results of eight
experiments found there was not enough evidence to say that
garlic wards off colds. Garlic breath might ward off people
which could be one way of staying germ-free during cold