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Herbs and supplements to treat colds naturally
You can alleviate the symptoms of an annoying constipation with natural remedies in the form of herbs or supplements. These are some of the most common remedies to combat cold symptoms.
1. Vitamin C
Vitamin C has been long considered a possible cure for the common cold. Although there is still no evidence that vitamin C can cure the common cold, there are some studies that suggest that supplementation with vitamin C may be beneficial in reducing the duration of colds
Although zinc is necessary for the immune system to function properly, data from clinical trials indicate that the use of zinc (in lozenges or nasal sprays) is unreliable at best. What's more, large doses of zinc (more than 50 milligrams a day for a long period) can be dangerous.
3. Probiotics (lactobacilli)
Some preliminary studies suggest that probiotics containing Lactobacillus strains may be beneficial in preventing the common cold and may also reduce the severity of cold symptoms in children.
4. Andrographis paniculata - Andrographis
Andrographis is a medicinal plant that combined with Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) has shown, in a study, that reduces cold symptoms.
5. N-acetyl cysteine - NAC
N-Acetyl Cysteine is a powerful antioxidant that has been used for several years to treat various lung conditions such as bronchitis, due to its expectorant and mucolytic properties. In one study, researchers found that daily supplementation with 600 mg N-acetyl cysteine tablets reduced the rate of infection of flu-like symptoms as well as the severity of symptoms in elderly patients.
Echinacea has been a somewhat controversial herb that has been used to prevent and treat symptoms of the common cold. The results on the efficacy of echinacea purpera (typical dose of 300 mg 3 times a day) are contradictory, sometimes indicating efficacy and others ineffectiveness. Overall, there seems to be some indication that echinacea might be effective.
7. Siberian Ginseng - Eleutherococcus senticosus
Both Siberian and American ginseng are often called "adaptogens" for offering purported benefits for adaptation to stress. Siberian Ginseng has been studied in combination with Andrographis; One study showed that when taken within 72 hours of the onset of a cold, this combination significantly improves symptoms of the common cold.
8. American ginseng - Panax quinquefolium
There is some evidence that doses of 400 mg a day of American ginseng can reduce both the risk of catching a cold and the severity of its symptoms.
9. Garlic (Allium sativa)
Garlic has long been known to have some antimicrobial properties. One study found that regular consumption of garlic capsules reduces the risk of catching a common cold. The data from this study are limited, of course. Those taking a blood thinner should avoid garlic supplements as they can increase the risk of bleeding.
10. Vitamin D
Research suggests that low vitamin D levels are associated with an increased risk of upper respiratory infections. In fact, the decrease in vitamin D levels during the winter months is one of the recent hypotheses about the increase in the incidence of colds and flu during the winter months.
11. Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra)
The elderberry has been studied for its potential role in reducing the duration of the flu. Plus, it potentially helps lessen congestion.
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