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What is the best supplement for treatment or prevention of the common cold?

 

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What are the benefits of various suppliments for preventing or accellerating recovery from the common cold?  What are the side effects of the suppliments, and which are the best to take?
 

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin C

Zinc Lozenges

PROS

Shown to help prevent respiratory tract infections1.

PROS

In high doses (1,000 times the U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), it has been shown to treat all kinds of diseases, including common cold. http://www.naturalnews.com/028396_vitamin_C_nutrition.html

PROS

May help in the treatment of the common cold 2.  Another Canadian review concluded it may help eleviate common cold symptoms 4

CONS

 

CONS

High doses may cause side effects such as kidney stones and severe diarrhea.3

CONS

 

 

Echinacea

Garlic

Nasal Saline Solution

PROS

Shown to help in the treatment of the common cold2.

PROS

 

PROS

 

CONS

 

CONS

 

CONS

 

Alternatives

Chicken soup?

Increased rest?

 

References

1. Vitamin D and Respiratory Tract Infections: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
Peter Bergman, Åsa U. Lindh, Linda Björkhem-Bergman, and Jonatan D. Lindh http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3686844/

2. Complementary and alternative medicine for prevention and treatment of the common cold
Richard Nahas, MD CCFP http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3024156/

3. Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/1001.html

4. Zinc for the treatment of the common cold: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Michelle Science, MD⇓, Jennie Johnstone, MD, Daniel E. Roth, MD PhD, Gordon Guyatt, MD MSc, Mark Loeb, MD MSc http://www.cmaj.ca/content/184/10/E551

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