Can garlic ward off the common cold?

When it comes to a list of home remedies for battling the common cold, garlic always places near the top. But can this pungent member of the onion family really stave off a cold?

Well, that depends on who you ask. Proponents of garlic argue that it contains allicin, a powerful antibiotic, as well as other antioxidants that can help stave off all kinds of infections, especially when eaten raw.

But the scientific jury on the effectiveness of garlic is still out. A review published on the Cochrane Library website says there is at least one study that suggests that garlic may have some benefit. It found that a group eating garlic every day for three months had fewer colds than a similar group that did not eat garlic. However, the review also noted that more studies would be required before the effectiveness of garlic as a cold fighter could be confirmed.

Brussels sprouts anyone?

What a pregnant or breast-feeding woman eats may impact her child's nutritional preferences and choices. Over a two-year study, researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine found that the flavours and scents a fetus is exposed to in utero and early in post-natal life affect whether a child perceives these flavours as safe. For more information visit (search: kids' weight)

Protecting your eyesight

Eating seafood and fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids could have yet another health benefit: protection for your eyesight. Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine can see a correlation between a diet rich in fish and seafood and a reduced risk of age-related macular degeneration. For more information visit (search: macular degeneration, omega 3)

Scanning for autism

Can a brain scan spot autism? That's a question researchers at McLean Hospital in Boston asked. Certain types of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) called diffusion tensor imaging can reveal differences in brain circuitry. Because this type of test shows how the brain is structured instead of how it "lights up" during particular activities, it is possible to see how a person with autism's brain looks when compared to those without. For more information visit (search: McLean Hospital, autism)


About Wave

Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.

Bookmark Email Print Share this on Facebook SHARE Share this on Twitter Tweet RSS Feeds RSS
Make text smaller Make text bigger
Traditional Territories Acknowledgement
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority acknowledges that it provides health services in facilities located on the original lands of Treaty 1 and on the homelands of the Metis Nation. WRHA respects that the First Nation treaties were made on these territories and acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to collaborate in partnership with First Nation, Metis and Inuit people in the spirit of reconciliation.
Click here to read more about the WRHA's efforts towards reconciliation

WRHA Accessibility Plan Icon
Wait Times
View the Winnipeg Health Region's current approximate Emergency Department and Urgent Care wait times.

View wait times
Find Services
Looking for health services in Winnipeg?

Call Health Links-Info Sante at 788-8200

Search 211 Manitoba

Explore alternatives to emergency departments at Healing Our Health System

Find a Doctor
Mobile App
Use your phone to find information about wait times and health services in Winnipeg. Download the Connected Care mobile app for iPhone today!

Learn more
Wave Magazine
The January / February 2019 issue of Wave, Winnipeg's health and wellness magazine, is now available online.

Read more
Contact Us
Do you have any comments or concerns?

Click here to contact us
The Winnipeg Health Region has a variety of career opportunities to suit your unique goals and needs.

Visit our Careers site
WRHA Logo Help| Terms of Use | Contact Us | En français