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Veggie concentrates reduce a cold

First we got some good news about echinacea, then green tea and now vegetable juice concentrates. It's enough to make me want to get sick so I can get well, if you know what I mean.

Researchers at Charite - University Medicine Berlin have shown that fruit and vegetable concentrates reduce the number of days people experience severe cold symptoms. The report has been published in the British Journal of Nutrition. They also showed a bonus lowering of expenses associated with treating a cold.

The juice concentrate tested is called Juice Plus+ and is technically a drug. In the double blind study, half of more than 500 employees took the drug and the other half took a placebo. After just two months the number of cold in both groups was equal. However, in the group that took the drug, the colds lasted much shorter and were much less severe. The decrease was estimated at 20 percent. The test lasted for eight months.

There remains a question of whether there would be further benefits if the supplement was taken for longer periods. "The results of the study are certainly encouraging because they show that certain dietary supplements may mitigate the burdens and consequences of the common cold," said Professor Stefan Willich, Director of the Institute for Social Medicine and head of the study. You can bet there will be future studies. In the meantime, grab a V8.

Source: Cambridge University Press, ScienceDaily


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