Cold weather is here and many are experiencing the common cold in full force – runny nose, mucus production, headache, sore throat, fever, fatigue and body aches. While there is no real “cure” for the common cold and antibiotics can’t treat a virus, over-the-counter cough suppressants and fever reducers can ease the symptoms.
If your goal is to shorten the duration of a cold, drinking plenty of fluids and getting rest are essential. There are also some natural remedies you can try; however, a one-size-fits-all approach is not effective for adults and children.
Therapies that are not effective in children or adults include over-the-counter antihistamines, Echinacea angustifolia and vitamin C. Additionally, Benadryl and decongestants are not effective in children, while codeine and nasal irrigation are not effective remedies for adults.
So what does work?
The duration of a cold depends on your body’s immune system, which is dependent upon your diet, the fluids you drink and your overall health. Adults can recover more quickly by using some of the following supplements known for strengthening the immune system and decreasing the duration of the common cold:
Children may benefit from:
While taking vitamin C doesn’t help to reduce the duration of a cold, it, as well as garlic, can be beneficial in preventing the common cold. Children may also benefit from saline nasal irrigation, probiotics and zinc sulfate.
In addition to dietary supplements, you can improve your chances of a speedier recovery by:
For additional information about how supplements may benefit you or your child, talk to your doctor.