Common cold and garlic
The common cold is generally caused by viruses and usually treated symptomatically by doctors. A weakened immune system as well as poor hand hygiene helps common cold viruses to spread.
Scientific research backs up the immune-boosting, antibacterial and antiviral effects of allicin and anti-fungal effects of phytoncide, both found in garlic. Allicin is produced when garlic is crushed. It’s best to eat it raw and when combined with water (not hot!) it stabilizes the Allicin and extends its’ goodness.
Next to good hand hygiene, strengthening the immune system by the use of garlic is encouraged by doctors and has been mentioned in numerous articles and publications (ref. 1, 2, 3). It is said that consumption of raw garlic may decrease the frequency of colds in adults and help to decrease intensity of the symptoms.
A cure for the common cold and flu does not seem to exist. The speed of the viruses’ mutation and the difficulty in trying to predict what kind of cold viruses we can expect each season. This makes it impossible to work around it and creates great difficulty in the developing of an effective vaccine.
“There are only a few types of flu each season, while “there are usually 20-30 different types of rhinovirus circulating each season in one geographic area.” explains Yury A. Bochkov, an associate scientist in the department of paediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.” – article by Lauren Friedman.
To help you with figuring out how to get rid of a cold and how I use raw garlic for colds and flu have a look at some simple and effective cold & flu remedies you can easily make yourself at home.
Flu & common cold fighting garlic recipes
Garlic soup for cold and flu…coming soon!
Common cold fighting garlic feet compress…coming soon!
Tip: Garlic helps your health when raw – it loses most of its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties when exposed to a high heat!