Cold FX

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  1. NikkiJo

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    Anyone know about this cold-fx stuff? Its supposed to boost your immune system so you dont get sick. Does it really work? My friends take it but should i take it? I dont want to get a cold or worse the flu. ugh
     
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    Doesn't that sit on the shelf by the snake oil? [​IMG] There are 3 or 4 different FX medicines out there for different ailments but I doubt they are any more effective than Nyquil and the like.

    You know what else boosts your immune system? A healthy diet, plenty of exercise, a good night's sleep and washing your hands often during flu season never hurts. Best of all, they're all affordable. [​IMG]
     
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    This stuff is like Emergen-C?

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    Get the annual flu vaccine?
     
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    I actually have a bottle of the stuff on my desk at work right now. [​IMG]

    I've been using it through the winter, as have a bunch of my coworkers. So far, so good - I've resisted getting the various bugs that end up spreading through the office like wildfire. Personally I recommend it. It claims to boost your immune system, and for me it seems to be doing just that.
     
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    My fiance and I traveled together heading home last December. She took some airborne and I did not... I ended up getting sick. Boosting your immune system temporarily with vitamins is (IMO) a good idea. Lots of vitamin C when you are sick also helps the recovery process. BTW, the generic stuff tastes disgusting... airborne has a better flavor.

    I haven't tried anything that you're supposed to take every day. Regular vitamins, exercise and washing your hands would probably be a better method...
     
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    The 'active' ingredient is zinc. I have taken it for years in tablet form with success. I wouldn't reccomend taking it year round - I only take it when someone near me develops symptoms and stop after the disease has made its rounds. It usually skips me or lasts much less time.
     
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    The active ingredient is actually a natural extract of ginseng, but yeah, I agree, it works very well. It's just now being made available in the States!
     
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    A search of the term, "cold-fx" in Pubmed gives four citations.

    In one study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a double-blind, placebo controlled study was done on 43 adults, 65 years or older, living in a community, over a period of 4 months. After the first month, all subjects took a flu shot. No differences were found in the first two months. In the last two months, those taking the preparation reported both fewer and less acute respiratory illnesses.

    A second citation indicates the Cold-FX does not lead to positive results for doping in athletes that take the substance. That was published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. This suggests that Barry Bonds can take this with no fear of testing positive.

    In the International Immunopharmacology journal, a study of Cold-FX was performed on mice and found that it stimulated the production of interleukin and interferon in mice spleens.

    In the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, found that mice spent less time licking and their paws, which had been intentionally injured with formalin.

    So, we have one study, done on seniors, and a very small group at that, that seems to be the basis for any claims of efficacy by the manufacturer. Make of this what you will.
     
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    Haven't heard of this product before, but I've been taking Olive Leaf Extract this Winter and so far I've avoided a cold/flu/sore throat. When I felt a problem coming on (sore glands in the throat) I doubled the dose I normally take and the symptoms went away in a day or so. I usually am susceptible to sinus/throat infections, so I believe in Olive Leaf Extract and a little Oil of Oregano to kill things off.
     
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    I've used it... but only once I started getting sick. It DID seem to speed my symptoms, compared to friends/family that had similar bugs... but that could be a placebo effect. Regardless... it SEEMED to help. Make of that what you will. Lots of Canadians swear by the stuff...
     
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    Hey guys. Here's a little update for you.

    Turns out Health Canada has been studying the stuff, and going through 10 years of clinical research and seven clinical trials. Health Canada has judged that the stuff does what it claims, and they've issued a proper product license and so forth for it.

    You can read all about it here: http://www.canada.com/globaltv/calga...640194&k=93503
     
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    That's great to hear. I like this stuff and am glad to know that it really is doing what I think it does.
     

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