Can these herbs and vitamins help colds & flu?

Dr Mercola’s

Story at-a-glance

  • The reason you catch a cold or flu is because your immune system is impaired. It’s not an inevitable event based on exposure alone
  • Lifestyle factors that depress your immune system, alone or in combination, are more important than exposure to determine if you will get sick. These include eating too much sugar, vitamin D deficiency, insufficient sleep and lack of exercise, and unaddressed stress
  • Research has shown that people who took garlic daily for three months had fewer colds than those who took a placebo, and, when they did come down with a cold, the duration of illness was shorter—an average of 4.5 days compared to 5.5 days for the placebo group
  • A review of the research on zinc found that when taken within one day of the first symptoms, zinc can cut down the time you have a cold by about 24 hours. Zinc was also found to greatly reduce the severity of symptoms
  • Supplements that can help combat cold and flu include vitamin C, propolis, oregano oil, medicinal mushrooms, olive leaf extract, and tea made from a combination of elderflower, yarrow, boneset, linden, peppermint and ginger

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