Many people hope to bounce back from seasonal colds as quickly as possible, and new research suggests that taking Echinacea supplements may help reduce the duration of some symptoms.
Research from a team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health determined that taking Echinacea supplements reduced the cold's duration by seven to 10 hours.
"Trends were in the direction of benefit, amounting to an average half-day reduction in the duration of a week-long cold or an approximate 10 percent reduction in overall severity," explained lead researcher Bruce Barrett.
Though the study involved approximately 700 subjects between the ages of 12 and 80, Barrett added that more research with a larger group would provide more answers.
Aside from Echinacea, there are other alternative treatments one can utilize toward the common cold.
Individuals concerned about falling ill this holiday season might want to try nutritional supplements including vitamin C and vitamin D as both are said to help boost the immune system. Drinking green tea or taking green tea supplements may also help some people stay healthy.