As we head further into October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the 2019-2020 flu season will be upon us soon, with the agency suggesting that we get vaccinated by the end of this month to best protect ourselves.

But you may have noticed that a number of nasty colds are already circulating.

Along with those colds come plenty of home remedies to fight them that make the rounds as well, so Popular Science put together a list of remedies that do and don't work.

Remedies that don't work:

  • Vitamin C
  • Echinacea

The article says that those particular supplements that are featured in plenty of over the counter cold remedies, "[don't] seem to do much".

Remedies that do work:

  • Rest
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Gargle with salt water
  • Try zinc lozenges

While vitamin C and echinacea apparently won't fix your battered immune system, those same experts do however say that another popular over the counter cold remedy may have something to it, stating that zinc lozenges may actually help if you start taking them right away.

And finally, your grandma's favorite home remedy, and the simplest of the bunch, may actually do some physical good - They say that there is some evidence that a nice big bowl of chicken soup, "...may have anti-inflammatory properties."

You can read much more from Popular Science by clicking here, and you can keep up with flu activity in New Jersey by clicking here for the NJ Department of Health's weekly flu activity summary.



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