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Can You Use Garlic as a Cold Remedy?

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Dakota Karratti has been writing fitness and health articles since 2010. Her work has appeared in the "Salisbury University Flyer" and "WomanScope NewsMagazine." Karratti has been a Certified Nursing Assistant in Delaware since 2008. She is currently enrolled in The University of Alabama's Nutrition and Food Science BS program.
Can You Use Garlic as a Cold Remedy?
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If you're struggling with cold symptoms like runny nose, headache and coughing, some people may suggest taking a garlic supplement to help relieve your symptoms. Unfortunately, garlic isn't a proven remedy for the common cold. But if you don't have a cold yet, research suggests that garlic supplements might be a good way to prevent this annoying infection.

Garlic to Prevent Colds

Can You Use Garlic as a Cold Remedy?
More research is necessary to determine how effective garlic is at preventing or remedying the common cold. Photo Credit Tom Le Goff/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Peter Josline investigated the relationship between garlic and the common cold in a study published in "Advances in Therapy" in 2001. This study didn't show that garlic cured common cold symptoms, but it did suggest that taking a garlic supplement could prevent you from catching a cold. The participants in the study who took garlic supplements caught fewer, shorter colds than the participants who took a placebo. Although researchers have not conducted many studies on the relationship between garlic and the common cold, this study showed that you may be less susceptible to the common cold if you take a garlic supplement each day. If garlic's a remedy for the common cold, not enough research exists to prove it yet.

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