Most of the magic bullets to treat colds and flu - from antibiotics to zinc lozenges - are shots in the dark and not as effective as tried-and-tested traditional remedies.
For a properly functioning immune system, consider the following nutrients:
* Antioxidant supplements counteract toxic build-up and keep blood vessels flexible (see main text). There is evidence that people who take vitamins C or E have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease compared with those who do not
Q I’ve had a venous ulcer on my ankle for some three months now, and hydrocolloidal bandages have not alleviated the almost constant pain. I’m 74 years old, in otherwise good health,
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Vitamin C maintains healthy blood vessels and prevents fat accumulation (Am J Clin Nutr, 1974; 27: 866-76).
Vitamin E protects blood vessels and prevents blood clots (Int J Vit Nutr Res, 1976; 46: 18-91).
It has been suggested that children who don’t consume enough iron in their diet are more likely to catch an ear infection.
Q An elderly colleague, aged 82, is experiencing symptoms that he feels may be attributable to his medication for high blood pressure. His daily regime is levothyroxine (150 mcg), aspirin (150 mcg), nifedipine (30 mg), alfuzocin (400 mcg) and...
My father was an optometrist, and I grew up hearing him say, “Take care of your eyes. They’re the only pair you’ll ever get.” I did. I read with good lighting and used eyeglasses faithfully (contacts, now) for my nearsightedness. Several people in...