garlic reduces risk of cold

This safe, simple, inexpensive supplement has tons of benefits, including fighting heart disease, cancer and diabetes. As an added bonus, it will help prevent you from catching a cold.

Garlic is an important herb for fighting heart disease, including high blood pressure,  atherosclerosis and cholesterol. Garlic also reduces your risk of cancers, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, gastric cancer and lung cancer.

And while your taking garlic to prevent those serious diseases, it will give you the added bonus of preventing you from catching a cold.

When 146 people were given either a placebo or garlic supplements containing 180mg of allicin for twelve weeks, the placebo group caught a total of 65 colds; the garlic group caught only 24: that’s a significant benefit. The placebo group suffered 366 days of illness compared to only 111 in the garlic group. Though the researchers say the number of days taken to recover was similar for both groups, it was a full day faster in the garlic group.

Double-blind research has also found that taking 2.5 grams a day of aged garlic extract significantly reduces the severity of colds and flus as well as the number of days of school or work missed. Over the six month study, the garlic group had a full 58% fewer colds and 61% fewer days with colds. They also had 21% fewer symptoms with the colds they did catch (Clin Nutr 2012;31:337-344).

Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2014 Nov 11;11:CD006206

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