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Garlic: For years people have been touting the benefits of garlic when it comes to fighting colds and flus. Whether roasted or raw, there is minimal data to suggest that the pungent allium has any effect on preventing or treating symptoms. “There is insufficient clinical trial evidence regarding the effects of garlic in preventing or treating the common cold,” claims a study from the Cochrane Library.  “A single trial suggested that garlic may prevent occurrences of the common cold but more studies are needed to validate this finding.“

Sorry, but these popular cold and flu remedies don’t actually work

There’s something about “natural” medicine that makes us want to believe it works, even if there’s very little evidence to support it. I’ll admit that I’m guilty of trying every single one of the natural remedies in this gallery. And, with cold and flu season around the corner, I’ll likely give each of these a try again. Sometimes science is wrong, right?

Click through the gallery above to see if your natural cold and flu fighter actually works – or if it’s all in your head.