Your Winter Mixer
When you’re down and out with a cold, you need the hard stuff. And we’re not talking about a supercharged Hot Toddy (it won’t hurt), but a classic elderberry-infused G and T. Researchers at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, discovered that the quercetin and anthocyanins in elderberries reduce cold duration by two days, as well as significantly curbing the severity of symptoms. Subjects who took an extract of the fruit in supplement form recovered faster than those who popped a placebo. Now, naturally a tart glass of elderberry juice would be your most expedient prescription. But, when faced with a deadly office epidemic, a splash of the hard stuff does certainly seem to stiffen one’s resolve. Make ours a double.