TO POP, OR NOT TO POP

The MH ver­dict on the pills you take to bol­ster your de­fences

Men's Health (UK) - - Agenda -

VI­TA­MIN C

It pro­tects against cell dam­age and boosts your im­mu­nity. Fight colds with 500mg four times a day. Stock your cup­board with Healthspan Elite Vi­ta­min C (£11 healthspan.co.uk).

ECHI­NACEA

Its ben­e­fits vary, depend­ing on the plant parts used and dosage. The flow­ers, leaves and stems may shorten a cold, but you’d need huge quan­ti­ties – which will cost you.

PROBIOTICS

Some va­ri­eties el­e­vate lev­els of an­ti­body im­munoglobin A. Take well-es­tab­lished kinds such as lac­to­bacil­lus for di­ges­tive health (£14 bulkpow­ders.co.uk).

EL­DER­BERRY

It may be ef­fec­tive against colds, and a Ger­man study* sug­gests it can in­hibit in­fluenza A and B. Try a daily dose of Sol­gar ex­tract (£12.50 sim­plysol­gar.co.uk).

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