Last week we began sharing our collective recipes—yours and ours—that we have shared and exchanged over the last decade. Last week we brought new research to help out in the Colds and Flu season (for immune support). Lets continue our discussion on handling a nasty cold.
The British Journal of Nutrition meta-analysis research by King et al. (2014), demonstrated the effectiveness of probiotics on the duration of illness in healthy children and adults resulting in a reduction in days loss to work and school.
The Organic Freeze-dried Garlic is a great partner to the probiotics. Today we want to expand on the garlic ingredient. Let me share with you a foundational research for the use of garlic to prevent colds and also reduce the effects of a cold.
In a 2001 trial, 146 volunteers were randomized to receive a placebo or an allicin-containing garlic supplement, one capsule daily, over a 12-week period. [That would certainly cover the flu and cold season]. The active-treatment group had significantly fewer colds than the placebo group- 24 vs. 65.
The placebo group, in contrast, recorded significantly more days challenged virally- 366 vs. 111, and significantly longer duration of symptoms- 5.01 vs. 1.52.
Peter Joslin, (2001). Preventing the Common Cold with a Garlic Supplement: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Survey, Advances in Therapy, 18(4): 189-193.
Therapeutic Food Recipe for Colds and Flu:
Supernatant Synbiotic Formula- one capsule daily
Original Synbiotic Formula- one teaspoon daily
Freeze-dried Organic Garlic- one capsule daily
When you feel a cold coming on: Take the recipe twice daily. If it is especially a nasty cold, you may increase the garlic to two capsules, and open up in water (mix with probiotic if you wish), let sit for one minute (to create the allicin) and drink!
More on Garlic next week. There are many recipes and uses for garlic as it is a powerful Therapeutic Food.
We love Garlic as a therapeutic food supplement. It has such a broad spectrum of applications, particularly as an antimicrobial. As many of you know it was called the Russian Penicillin During WWI where garlic poultices were used to prevent wound infection. Louis Pasteur in 1858 recognized and researched on the antibiotic properties of garlic. In traditional medicine all over the world it has been used against bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral infections.
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