Suffering from the cold and flu can make you feel helpless; even the smallest task seems exhausting. It is a common belief that there is no real “cure” for colds and flu; you simply have to let it run its course. But garlic may provide a solution to help reduce the severity and length of those colds and flu symptoms.

Studies on Garlic’s Effects on Cold and Flu:

There have been studies to try to understand how garlic can affect cold and flu symptoms. One particular study looked at 146 people for three months. The people who used the garlic supplement experienced 24 occurrences of cold symptoms, while the people who did not use the garlic supplement has 65 occurrences. Another story found that people who took garlic supplements were able to recover from cold and flu symptoms faster than those who didn’t.

How Does Garlic Help Stop Cold and Flu Symptoms?

So, what is in garlic that may make it so powerful against the cold and flu? Some researchers believe it is the sulfur compounds and allicins, saponins and amino acid derivatives found in garlic that are responsible for targeting cold and flu symptoms.

Here are a few ways garlic may help you end those cold and flu symptoms.

Make Sure Garlic is Right for You:

Do a little more research as to the benefits of garlic against cold and flu symptoms to make sure that it will target those you are actually suffering from. Also, check to make sure you are not allergic to it because if your body is not suited for garlic, it will not do you any good.

Get Familiar with the Smell

If you have used garlic before you know it has a distinctive smell. No matter how much you wash garlic, the smell never goes away. This smell is due to the presence of the same agents that are responsible for remedying a cold and flu. If you are going to use garlic, get used to it now.

Ways to Incorporate Garlic into Your Diet:

There are several ways you can incorporate garlic into your diet so it can start helping you fight those cold and flu symptoms.

Raw Garlic:

It might be a strong but effective way of using garlic to help prevent cold and flu.

Cook with Garlic:

Add garlic in your food while cooking. Cooking and sautéing garlic reduces its pungency and makes it a little easier to eat.

Garlic Supplements:

There are various garlic supplements available on the market. If you do not want to cook or consume raw garlic, you can simply use garlic supplements.

Another time-tested remedy that has been passed down by generations in my own family is a garlic infused syrup that has proven to be effective in the prevention of colds, and also reducing the severity in illnesses. Mix together organic turmeric powder, organic raw honey, 1 good squeeze of lemon, cut ginger and 1 garlic clove and leave it overnight in a small jar. In the morning, take a spoonful of the syrup until your symptoms have resolved. Make sure you are not allergic to any of its ingredients and can handle the taste as it is quite strong.

If you would like to learn more about staying healthy during cold and flu season, book a time to talk with me!