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Probiotics for Cold & Flu?

It seems there is no end to the list of supplements promoted for those with colds and flu. This makes it all the more important that you examine the claims carefully, and look for those supported by research. Many research-supported products are included in the Willner Chemists Photo-Tech? line–including Elderberry-Pelargonium Complex, Zinc Immune Plus, and Immune Complex to name a few.

Now, we can add a category that might surprise you – Probiotics! Research indicates that probiotics effectively stimulate the immune system and reduce cold and flu symptoms. In this study, 134 people with at least four colds or flu in the last year drank a placebo or a probiotic beverage containing lactobacillus paracasei, casei, and fermentium, for 12 weeks. Eleven in the placebo group reported a fever plus cough, nasal congestion, or headache, compared to three in the probiotics group. Symptoms also lasted longer for placebo. Doctors said blood tests suggest the probiotics benefit may come from an increase in interferon gamma levels, an immune response to viral and bacterial infections.

Reference: Synthetic and Systems Biotechnology; 2018, Vol. 3, No. 2, 113-20

With so many cold and flu products to choose from, talk to the nutritionists and Pharmacists at Willner Chemists for guidance tailored to your specific health concerns.

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