Drs. Oz & Roizen’s Tip of the Day: Probiotics chase away colds

King Features SyndicateNovember 19, 2013 

You can avoid the perpetually runny nose and grumpiness that comes with kids’ winter colds by giving them probiotics.

A new study reveals that taking probiotics twice a day for six months helps kids chase away cold symptoms. When given the probiotic acidophilus NCFM, children had 53 percent fewer fevers, 28 percent fewer runny noses and 41 percent fewer coughing spells compared with kids getting a placebo. If they did get sick, recovery time was cut by a third. And when kids were given a combo of acidophilus NCFM and Bifidobacterium animalis, the incidence of fever dropped 72 percent, coughing 62 percent and runny nose by 59 percent. Again, the duration of symptoms was reduced, this time by half. So if you want to protect your child (and yourself) from catching a cold, here’s what we suggest.

External helpers:

• Wash hands frequently. The easiest way to catch a cold is to transfer the virus from hands to your face.

• Keep indoor air humidified; many cold viruses thrive in low humidity.

Internal helpers:

• In addition to probiotics, take a multivitamin, 1,000 IU of vitamin D-3 and 900 IU of anti-inflammatory DHA omega-3 daily. And shoot for nine servings of fresh fruit and vegetables.

• Drink plenty of fluids, avoiding those with added sugars; limit natural fruit juices to one 4-ounce glass a day; get the rest of your juice from fruits.

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

Idaho Statesman is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service