No matter what study or body of research you look at, one method comes across consistently to avoid catching the common cold. Washing your hands frequently, especially prior to eating and after using a public restroom, is one of the best, simplest methods to reduce your risk of catching a cold.
Vitamin C has gained notoriety for reducing the frequency and severity of colds when taken in large doses. Research is mixed on the effectiveness of vitamin C against catching a cold.
However, most research is finding vitamin C does reduce the severity and length of a cold. For my own use, I find if I take extra vitamin C during cold and flu season, when I’m around many people with colds, I do not catch a full blown or severe cold.
Echinacea or purple coneflower is another popular remedy used to treat colds. Echinacea boosts the immune system which helps decrease the severity and duration of the cold. Most herbalists recommend large frequent doses at the onset of a cold.
The trace mineral zinc is another method of boosting our immune systems to treat colds. Zinc supplements have been shown to assist immune systems by enhancing the activity of white blood cells. Zinc lozenges help resolve a cold and sore throat.
Other methods of treating a cold include cayenne pepper, garlic, ginger, horseradish , myrrh and many more natural products. Vitamin C, echinacea and zinc are the most popular and highly publicized natural remedies. Perhaps, in a few more years, with research, some other natural methods for treating colds will gain notoriety.