Cold And Flu Remedies

Written by Gregg Ruais
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Medical experiments have shown that vitamin C, zinc, and echinacea reduce the duration and harshness of symptoms in people who have the common cold or influenza. Many doctors recommend that people take these nutrients daily, whether or not they are sick, as preventative measures. When symptoms arise, increasing dosages often helps.

People who are not sick can either take vitamin pills or make sure they get 100 percent of the FDA recommended daily allowance of vitamin C from their diets. Foods high in vitamin C include tomatoes, potatoes (with the skin on), oranges, and grapefruits. When people first notice cold-like symptoms, like scratchy throats or runny noses, taking one to three grams of vitamin C per day will often curb the effects of the illness. Vitamin C has proven especially effective for children.

Studies have shown that zinc may help deter viruses from reproducing or entering human cells, although some reports suggest that this mineral will only help adults. Zinc nasal sprays have been proven to considerably reduce cold symptoms. Lozenges that contain zinc also help relieve symptoms.

Preventing and Fighting off the Flu

Reports from German clinics say that 300 mg of echinacea per day can help relieve flu-like symptoms, and those who regularly take this herb along with vitamin C are less likely to catch influenza. People over the age of 18 can take aspirin pills to help ease pains and reduce fevers.

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