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Cold & Flu

Evidence mixed on the usefulness of echinacea for colds

Posted February 21, 2014

For people seeking a natural treatment for the common cold, some preparations containing the plant Echinacea work better than nothing, yet “evidence is weak,” finds a new report.

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Common Cold Cured With Natural Remedies

Posted February 17, 2014

Cold season is in effect and if you haven’t already come down with a cold this winter, you more than likely will before winter is over. Symptoms of the common cold include coughing, sneezing, runny nose or congestion and headaches. While there are many over the counter medications that can help shorten the lifespan of a cold and make you feel better faster, many of them contain unhealthy ingredients. There are many natural cures that are just as effective in curing the common cold and lessening symptoms and they are better for you.

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Zinc and Hand-washing Best For Preventing Colds According to Study

Posted January 29, 2014

There’s no vaccine or cure for the common cold, which adults catch two to three times a year on average, while children under age 2 are stricken with colds about six times a year. The common cold is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, with pronounced symptoms hitting at one to three days and lingering effects lasting seven to ten days. A new review study on the prevention and treatment of the common cold, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal had some surprising findings.

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Will Vitamin C or zinc save you this cold and flu season?

Posted January 7, 2014

Besides handwashing, is there anything you can do to reduce your chances of getting a cold or the flu this winter season? Is there any truth to the saying “Starve a cold, feed a fever,” or is it “feed a cold, starve a fever?” I can never remember.

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Sore Throat Remedies to Try This Winter

Posted January 6, 2014

The sore throat is one of the most annoying, winter related, health issues. A large number of bacteria and viruses can cause a large variety of respiratory infections and most of them start with a sore throat. You can prevent the matter from aggravating itself and also stay away from antibiotics or prescription medicine by using a few simple and affordable sore throat remedies.

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Sore Throat Remedies to Try This Winter

Posted January 2, 2014

The sore throat is one of the most annoying, winter related, health issues. A large number of bacteria and viruses can cause a large variety of respiratory infections and most of them start with a sore throat. You can prevent the matter from aggravating itself and also stay away from antibiotics or prescription medicine by using a few simple and affordable sore throat remedies.

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Fight the common cold with 5 foods and natural medicines

Posted December 31, 2013

It is the season for catching colds. We spend more time indoors exchanging germs and less time outdoors getting exercise. During the winter and the holiday season, we are also less likely to eat the most healthful foods. Instead, we indulge, eating comfort foods and partying with friends and family. While these behaviors may lead to good times, they can also create the perfect environment for getting sick. Indulging in alcohol and unhealthy foods weakens the immune system. Fortunately, you don’t have to run to the drugstore for a prescription or even over-the-counter drugs to treat your cold.

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Natural methods to prevent, fight a cold

Posted December 19, 2013

Not long ago, it seemed that zinc and echinacea were the only cold-fighting supplements on drugstore shelves. Now, there are so many natural immune boosters available that choosing among them can be daunting. We asked the experts we trust most — a Chinese-medicine practitioner, an integrative M.D., and a holistic-health counselor — to nominate their all-time MVPs. The result: an arsenal of products and strategies to get you through the season of stuffy noses and scratchy throats.

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Goji berries protect against the flu in new study

Posted December 16, 2013

Since current flu vaccines do not completely protect against influenza infection, researchers have been looking for alternative measures. Now, a new mouse study has shown that older mice are given extra protection from the flu with a diet that incorporates goji berries.

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Consumption of cranberry polyphenols enhances human gammadelta-T cell proliferation and reduces the number of symptoms associated with colds and influenza: a randomized, placebo-controlled intervention study

Posted December 16, 2013

Our main objective was to evaluate the ability of cranberry phytochemicals to modify immunity, specifically gammadelta-T cell proliferation, after daily consumption of a cranberry beverage, and its effect on health outcomes related to cold and influenza symptoms.

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