Using Probiotics, Including Acidophilus, for Colds

Whole Food Vitamin C, Probiotics, Acidophilus for Colds When people get a cold or the flu they reach for Vitamin C. While Vitamin C helps the body heal, so does probiotics.

Whole Food Vitamin C, Probiotics, Acidophilus for Colds

Researchers in Germany investigated the effect of long-term consumption of probiotic bacteria [such as Acidopholus] against the common cold. In a double-blind study [neither the scientists nor the patients knew whether they were getting the real thing or a placebo.]

Four hundred and seventy-nine healthy adults were tested, some getting multiple vitamins and some getting the vitamins plus the probiotics. The result was nil on their getting colds. Those who already had a cold found that taking vitamins plus probiotics shortened the duration by two days and reduced the severity of symptoms.

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Bibliography: Using Probiotics, Including Acidophilus, for Colds

Vaccine, Nov. 10, 2006 (largely unreported by the media.) By: Drs. de Vrese, Winkler, Schrezenmeir, et al., Institute of Physiology and Biochemistry of Nutrition, Federal Res. Ctr. of Nutrition and Food, Hermann-Weigmann-Strasse 1, D-24103 Kiel, Germany.