8 Sick Remedies That Actually Work – Scientifically!


We all have sick remedies that we swear by.
I mean, nothing feels better than a hot bowl of chicken soup, right? Well, it turns out
that it may actually have an anti-inflammatory impact, as it prevents neutrophils, a type
of white blood cell, from moving. And by slowing down the movement of neutrophils, it prevents
the cells congregating in the lung area, relieving congestion. But you may have also heard the expression
‘feed a cold, starve a fever’ – so should you only eat soup…sometimes? It turns out
this is only half true. In both cases you should actually be eating nutrient rich food,
which gives your body the energy to heal itself, and increases something called gamma interferon
– which is essential for your immunity against both viral and bacterial infections. So why not eat an apple? Because an apple
a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well…to a degree! 100 grams of apple contain the same
antioxidant power as 1500 mg of vitamin C, which has been shown to inhibit the growth
of both liver and colon cancerous tumours. Their peels, which are rich in flavonoids
are also linked to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease. So while it may be associated
with less visits to the doctor, and as a preventative medicine for your overall health, it’s impact
on the common cold is still debated. So what about just taking lots of Vitamin
C, whether in the form of lemons, other foods, or pills? It turns out, in a double blind
study, it didn’t reduce the incidence of the common cold. However, it did significantly
reduce the length of colds. This may be due to the increased growth in T Cells, which
are white blood cells involved in your immune response, as well as an increased production
of interferon, which causes virus-infected cells to ramp up their anti-viral defenses. If you’re in need of some immediate relief
for a cough or sleeping difficulty from a respiratory infection, honey has your back!
Known for its antibacterial activity, It increases the release of inflammatory cytokines, which
signal cells to repair themselves. And garlic? Not only can it ward off vampires,
but it’s been shown to decrease the length and severity of cold and flu symptoms. By
increasing the growth of Gamma-Delta-T-Cells and Natural-Killer cells, it’s able to pick
up on invading pathogens and remove them more effectively. Ever try Echinacea? It’s one of the most
popular herbal supplements, and for good reason. In a meta-analysis on 14 studies, Echinacea
decreased the odds of developing a cold by 58% and reduced the length of colds by approximately
one and a half days. It works as an anti-inflammatory and similar to other remedies, influences
cytokine production in the body. And while you’re at it, have a drink – with
a little alcohol. Seriously, some studies have found that moderate amounts of alcohol
can help boost your immune system. But before you crack a bottle open, consider that ‘heavy
drinkers’ were found to have the weakest immune systems. If all else fails, water, rest, and time are
surefire contributors to recovery. So which sick remedies are just plain old
false then? We break down the top sick myths you thought were true in our new AsapTHOUGHT video,
and use scientific research and evidence to debunk them. Click on the screen or the link
in the description to see that video. And hey – our book – which answers even more
of your burning questions – is almost out! So if you haven’t got your copy yet, head
on over to asapscience.com/book and be the first to get your hands and eyes on it! And subscribe for more weekly science videos!

100 comments

  1. 2004: In the future there will be a cure for cancer

    2019: There isnt even a cure for a virus yet

  2. It's Saturday, and I have to perform on Thursday.. I have lines and a solo and I have a FRICKING COLD!! Once I got rid of a cold in three days (today is day 2) and I'm trying to replicate that again, but idk what I did, so now I'm here xD

  3. chinese people think that dont eat chicken when we have fever. it may stop the fever by drinking chicken soup but when there's another fever it gets worse

  4. my whole body feels weak, my head fills so heavy, my back hurts and I’m also fasting and I have a soar throat 😭

  5. I found out somthing kinda surprising, it seem consumption of a probiotic drink (not kombucha) when sick really dampens the bacterial if you think about it the bacteria is trying to reproduce and or over take the body so drinking probiotics over runs the bad bacteria with probiotics as to not be effective… i wasnt taking and other remedies only probiotic drink i am only eating tubs of ice cream and frozen food xD

  6. My mom: you? Sick? Just put sum ViCKs on your nose and your flu will be gone within a few hours

  7. I'M the valedictorian and i'ma be saying my speech in 4 days!! And I recently got sick today and my voice is really bad. Wish me luck 😭😭

  8. Eat an apple a day? How do we eat an company?????? Ps: this is just an joke dont take it seriusly

  9. Does any of these work? I just wanna know because we’re going on a road trip tomorrow and I want to go swimming, and have fun but o can’t cause I’m sick so I really want to know, I just want to have fun while I can, and have fun with my family

  10. When they bowl of chicken soup came on the screen I threw up all over my bathroom floor
    Thanks YouTube 👍

  11. 1) eat nutrient rich food
    Like apple 🍎
    Honey 🍯
    Garlic

    2) drink a bit of alcohol 🍺 (if not a kid 🧒

  12. i hv cold since one yr .. i hv taken medicine also but also cold never gone .. i alwys used to sneeze wt shall i do . will u plz advise me

  13. I have dengue, it's the epidemic here in our country, if you don't know what dengue is then search it up, what do I do?

  14. Im sick and have no strength in my limbs and I was looking forward to running a half marathon tomorrow so now I just feel like crying

  15. I wanna have a fever so I can miss school. It is making me go crazy,tired,sad,angry, and also gives me more anxiety.

  16. I have cold and fever and I just had a warm chicken soup while watching this vid. I need nothing else in this world right now.

  17. My nose is Niagara Falls

    My throat is a vampire in sunlight

    My head is getting pounded by a jackhammer

    My food taste like crap

    It hurts to swallow

    My vision is blurry

    my back hurts

    I can’t talk

    AND I STILL HAD TO GO TO SCHOOL

    Also sick squad where you atttttt
    I’m here

  18. When I was younger, like almost 6 years ago, I had a fever and wouldn’t stop throwing up. We didn’t know what to do. I filled up bags upon bags with puke, so my uncle decided to get a serving of yogurt (Greek) and put minced garlic in it. It sounds gross but my god was is 👏🏻 awesome! And get this, I stopped throwing up after!!!

  19. I am not sick but my dad is badly sick, we have gone to hospital as well and he was admitted two days there. After coming home yesterday he started to feel bad again. We will go another hospital today.

  20. I don’t know what sickness I have but my ears I can barely hear out of my ears because of all the mucus in my nose and I feel really cold 🥶 and at basketball practice everyone was sweating but I had goosebumps do you know what type of sickness this is?

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