3. Hot Toddies For the Common Cold
I can’t say that my mom ever recommended hot toddies, particularly brandy, for the common cold, but it certainly would have made the ailment a lot more fun. However, both of my grandmothers found effectiveness in a good hot toddy. But does alcohol really help a cold? It’s obvious why it would work temporarily, but alcohol also breaks down the body’s immune system. So what’s the answer?
According to Seattlepi:
In 2002, researchers in Spain followed 4,300 healthy adults, examining their habits and susceptibility to colds. The study, in The American Journal of Epidemiology, found no relationship between the incidence of colds and consumption of beer, spirits, vitamin C or zinc. But drinking eight to 14 glasses of wine per week, particularly red wine, was linked to as much as a 60 percent reduction in the risk of developing a cold.
4. Vitamin C for Immune Health
The minute you feel your immunity down you start popping Vitamin C like candy, but does it really work? According to the Harvard Health Journal, the jury is still out. While many studies have looked at the effectiveness of Vitamin C, Harvard Health contends that none of the studies were well designed or conclusive. Rather, Vitamin C is likely a good choice when taken with other micronutrients. For example, moderate supplementation with Vitamin B6 can also be effective, if not overdone.
5. Meat Tenderizer for Jellyfish Stings
Meat tenderizers contain papain, which breaks down proteins, according to Paul Auerbach, M.D. And it does work to remove the pain from a jellyfish sting, but you should be careful not to leave it on the skin longer than 10 to 15 minutes because it can begin to irritate the skin as well.