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Garlic Helps Prevent Colds

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I love garlic. I can't think of any savory meal where I don't use it, and I also take garlic supplements. It's something my doctor recommended because she believes it helps regulate digestion and ward off colds. Turns out she's right, at least about the preventing colds part.

A study followed two groups — one that took garlic supplements and another that took a placebo — and found that the garlic group came down with fewer colds, and recovered faster too. Researchers aren't exactly clear why it helps, but some suggest that allicin, a main component of the pungent vegetable, blocks enzymes that play a part in causing infections.

It's also not clear if garlic works after the onset of a cold, or if it needs to be taken as a preventative measure. Until more research comes in, I'll keep taking my supplements regularly.

Spectra Spectra 8 years
I love garlic, but I don't eat it ALL the time.
sunsophia sunsophia 8 years
I'm scared for exactly that reason too apple
1apple 1apple 8 years
Can the scent of a garlic suppliment come out in perspiration? I knew a woman who swore by "odourless garlic" suppliments but, well, always smelled really garlicy. Ick.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
i LOVE me some garlic :)
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 8 years
I eat a ton of garlic and I very rarely get sick. Maybe once a year I get a cold. Now I know why!
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
I love garlic too! I've heard the garlic supplements can upset the stomach - which sort of scares me from taking them.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
Didn't even know garlic supplements existed! Pretty amazing.
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