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Warmed-up fruit cordial eases sniffles

9th December 2008

Researchers from Cardiff University have found that drinking warm liquids can "help ease" the symptoms of colds and flu.


The team, who work at Cardiff University's Common Cold Centre carried out tests on 30 people to gauge the effects of an apple and blackcurrant drink.

The researchers, whose study can be found in the clinical journal Rhinology,  tested the effects of the liquid at 700C and 200C on 21 female and nine male volunteers between the ages of 18 to 36.

The warm liquid helped coughs, sore throats, chills and fatigue. It also gave "relief after 15 minutes" to runny noses and sneezes.

Drinking the liquid at room temperature was also found to help coughs and sneezes. The researchers suggested that part of the benefit could be caused by the drink's psychological effects, because the "taste, smell and temperature" made drinkers expect to feel better.

Centre director Professor Ron Eccles said that anyone who had a cold or flu should try having a hot drink.

"It is surprising that this is the first scientific research on the benefit of a hot drink for treating cold and flu symptoms," he said.

"With temperatures falling and Christmas just round the corner, cold viruses love this time of year. Having a bottle of fruit cordial in the cupboard and making a hot drink could help fight off the symptoms of festive cold and flu."


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Article Information

Title: Warmed-up fruit cordial eases sniffles
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 9519
Date Added: 9th Dec 2008


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