Half of Americans fighting flu with supplements
Consumer Reports noted, though, that two substances that are among the most likely to help fight flu, elderberry and http://nmcd.consumerreports.org/nd/Search.aspx?pt=100&id=1018, were being used by far fewer people. Each of those substances is supported by a bit of science showing they can shorten the duration of a bout of flu or lessen its symptoms. Still, the two only merit rankings of "possibly effective" in CR's ratings, which are based on the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.
While 35 percent of the supplement-inclined said they planned to get vaccinated against influenza, 62 percent said they'd turn to prescription and over-the-counter medications to battle the flu. And 13 percent said they'd be relying on supplements alone, thank you very much.
Call me cautious, but I got a flu shot (and nasal vaccine for my kids) as soon as I could this season, and I'll continue to do so until someone can prove that a supplement can be relied on to keep me healthy.
How about you? Do you use dietary supplements or homeopathic medicine to get you through flu season? Share your thoughts in the comments section, and please vote in today's poll.
Jennifer LaRue Huget
| November 24, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Dietary supplements, General Health, Infectious Disease, Influenza
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