George Lewith, professor of health research at the University of Southampton and a former GP.
“Despite what many patients say, vitamin C probably doesn’t cut short colds. It probably won’t do you any harm and it won’t break the bank, but on the whole the evidence is pretty limited.
“There’s also no evidence that it staves off colds. If you have a good diet, with plenty of vitamin C from fruit and veg, your immune system will protect you as far as possible. But those supplements containing 500 per cent of your recommended daily amount (RDA) are a waste of time.
“Echinacea, on the other hand, does have some pretty positive evidence to show it may shorten the length of a cold.
“There’s also some intriguing evidence around the plant extract perlargonium – that’s what I take when I have a cold.”
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Pelargonium sidoides extract is sold in the UK under the brand name Kaloba – a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections including the common cold, such as sore throat, cough and blocked or runny nose, exclusively based on long standing use as a traditional remedy. Available in oral liquid and syrup for adults and children from 6 years. Convenient Kaloba tablets can be taken by adults and children from 12 years.
For more information and special prices please visit http://www.kaloba.co.uk. Always read the label.