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5 Natural Remedies That Are Myths [Slideshow]

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In the world of natural remedies, it can feel like the word “natural” is equivalent to safe. However, throughout time and research, certain natural remedies have proven to be more myth than fact when it comes to reliability.

Separate Remedies From Fact to Fiction

While you should always consider speaking with a physician when it comes to health concerns. Knowing the truth about myths will help to save you time and effort.

Know that despite having benefits, particular foods and natural remedies may be inappropriate for your concerns. As far as popular myths go, take a look at these commonly mistaken facts.

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Vitamin C for a Cold 

Though vitamin C does have its benefits for your skin's health, there is little to no evidence that it can prevent the common cold. Various studies are still looking at the health benefits of vitamin C, so stay tuned for the updates.

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Turmeric for Dementia and Alzheimer's Prevention 

Turmeric has demonstrated an ability to benefit multiple aspects of physical health, as well as cognitive. While it can undoubtedly improve brain function, there is no science-based evidence that is can actually prevent disorders or conditions of the brain. 

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Garlic to Prevent Heart Disease 

There is no doubt that garlic is a superfood and ally for our health. Not to mention, delicious—but its place in preventing heart disease is a rocky one. Though it can positively affect blood pressure as well as help to remove plaque in the arteries, there is no concrete data to support that it can actually prevent heart disease. 

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Chicken Soup to Cure a Cold 

It definitely feels good to consume while under the weather and provides fluid to the body, but as far as chicken soup being a reliable remedy for ridding yourself of cold—facts are inconclusive. 

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"An Apple a Day" 

A study to disprove the idea have concluded that although a small population in the U.S. who eat an apple every day have fewer prescription medications, it's not a fact that it will reduce the need to see a physician overall.

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Amanda is a GR8NESS contributing writer who lives in celebration of self care, and endeavors to approach all things with a student mentality. Her love for the study of self-development is rooted in fitness, holistic wellness, and skin care. She is an advocate for mental health; and hopes to connect others to their own way of daring to care.
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