A cold? In summer? It happens. New research offers clues to lessen their duration

We think of colds doing their mischief in winter. Sadly they like summer vacations as well.

Researchers have been evaluating the efficacy of lactoferrin on the prevalence and duration of infectious diseases in adults during the Japanese summer. These are diseases such as summer colds, cold sores and gastroenteritis.

After 12 weeks, the duration of total infectious diseases was shorter in the groups consuming 200mg or 600mg of lactoferrin than in the placebo group. Of more importance those adults consuming 600mg of lactoferrin a day for 12 weeks experienced a statistically significant shortened duration of a summer cold.