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Garlic (food supplement) for treatment of Common Cold in Adults with cold

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    Ineffective

    Bottom Line

  • Treatment with garlic supplement (Allicin tablets). Only 1 valid studies conducted, with 146 adults. More research is needed, to determine benefits and risks. It does not influence the duration of Common Cold occurrences, and there is no proof that it helps any common Cold symptoms. Side effects seem minor.

    • Curefacts.com -  Evidence icon EVIDENCE | NEEDS MORE TESTING
    • Curefacts.com -  Effectiveness icon EFFECTIVENESS | INEFFECTIVE
    • Curefacts.com -  Safety Circle icon SAFETY | PROBABLY SAFE

Recommendations

Avoid this treatment:

It is ineffective and it does not make the length of Common Cold occurrences shorter (according to the only valid study that was published).

About Garlic (food supplement)

Allicin (garlic) tablets

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    Target Population:

    Adults with cold, 16 to 65 years old

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    Dosage:

     Daily tablet with 180 mg of allicin (garlic)

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    Goal:

    Treatment of Common Cold symptoms

Research Summary

  • Curefacts.com - Green Pages icon Needs more testing
  • 1 Clinical Studies
  • 146 Curefacts.com - Tooltip icon Adults Tested
  • Ineffective
  • Benefits:

    Unclear impact, more research is needed. Based on only one trial, it does not effect the duration of Common Cold occurrences.

  • Curefacts.com - Safety icon Probably safe
  • Risks:

    Unclear, more research is needed. Side effects include odor and a skin rash, according to the same single study.

Common Cold Overview

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    Medical problem:

    Common Cold (symptoms caused by viral infection of the upper respiratory system).

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    Symptoms and signs:

    Cough, general discomfort, headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose and weakness.

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    Complications:

    Bacterial infections: lung infection, middle ear infection, strep throat, sinus infection.

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