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Fruit and vegetable concentrate may reduce cold symptoms

By Stephen Daniells

Concentrates of fruit and vegetables taken as capsules may reduce the symptoms of common cold by 20 per cent, suggests a new study from Germany.


A micronutrient-dense concentrate of a range of fruit and vegetables including cherry, apple, broccoli, cranberry, orange, pineapple, spinach, and tomato was found to reduce the symptoms for moderate and severe common cold, according to findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition.


“Given the widespread utilisation of concentrated dietary products, the present study has potentially important public health relevance,” state researchers from Berlin’s Charité University Medical Centre.


“To our knowledge, it is the first randomised investigation focusing on the benefits of juice powder concentrate in subjects particularly exposed to patient contact,” they added.



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Source: British Journal of Nutrition

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