- March 12, 2007 at 11:22 pm #238906BiggerPiggyBankParticipant
Re: Budget101.com : Natural Remedies, Was Earache
>> I also believe in the properties of Vitamin C for the onset of
>> colds…what I’m
> wondering is what is the difference between me taking vitamin C tablets
> a cold and what you are doing with the acid?<< I equated vitamin C with ascorbic acid, as though they were the same thing.
They’re not. Ascorbic acid is an isolate, a fraction, a distillate of
naturally occurring vitamin C. In addition to ascorbic acid, vitamin C must
include rutin, bioflavonoids, Factor K, Factor J, Factor P, Tyrosinase,
Ascorbinogen, and other components.
Ascorbic acid has an acidifying effect in the body, making an unfriendly
environment for viruses, Candida, and pathogenic bacteria. Most infectious
pathogenic bacteria thrive in an alkaline pH.
When you take Vit C, you are essentially boosting your immune system. When
you take ascorbic acid, you are flushing your system out.
>>What about that new stuff called Airborne? My husbands boss swears by it,
>>but I’ve never taken it. << From my understanding Airborne contains a blend of 7 herbs, amino acids,
anti-oxidants and electrolytes. According to the box it contains 1,000 mg of
Vit C, 5,000 IU of Vit A, Zinc and Echinacea. Since those are the top 3-4
ingredients I would say that they probably work pretty well, although I’ve
never tried them myself.
The only thing I would watch out for is that this
product contains Sorbitol – which for a lot of people creates congestion.
> What about the effects of zinc? I’ve heard that is suppose to work really
> well also. << Zinc works well in conjunction with other therapies. It’s basically a
component of many enzymes. If you take too much (more than 300 mg a day), it
actually impairs immune function.
There have been quite a few studies about
how it cuts the duration of a cold in half, but those are viral. I don’t
know it’s effects on bacteria.
Another one that I recently read for Sore throat relief (not strep throat)
is cayenne pepper powder mixed in water. I don’t know how much, but since my
throat already hurts, I thought I would give it a whirl to see. Nothing like
being a guinea pig.
. I’ll let you know if it provides any relief and for
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