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Healthy Ways to Combat the Flu: Garlic, Zinc, and Vitamin D

Cold and Flu

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  • 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

By Dr. Mercola

The cold and flu season got off to an early start this year in the US, and everywhere you turn, you've undoubtedly seen ads and media reports urging you to get the flu vaccine.


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