In August 2013, two Dutch professors revealed a new treatment in an international medical journal to prevent and treat flu and colds using a natural substance. The substance concerned in called PEA, short for Palmitoylethanolamide.
Forgotten studies brought back to attention
These professors discovered that six large studies were conducted in the 70’s on over more than 3000 people. These studies were forgotten over time. However, these were well conducted studies, double blinded and placebo controlled, with standards that are still valid today. The substance subject to the research was PEA and it’s effectiveness on fly and colds.
Anti-flu medicine: some exist, but are quite controversial
The treatment and prevention of flu has caused a lot of waves recently. It became clear that pharmaceutical anti-flu drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza cause many nasty side effects and may not even be effective at all. The flu vaccine has been a hot topic as well. Even among top experts we see the opinions differ. Recent extensive studies of the effectiveness of the vaccines on flu are less optimistic than earlier studies.
In all six studies that were mentioned in the article, PEA proved to be very safe (no side effects were reported) and the chance of flu clearly and significantly decreased. On top of that it could also reduce the severity of the symptoms, once contracted. This also proved true for children, even as young as 4 years old.
JM. Keppel Hesselink, Tineke de Boer, Renger F. Witkamp. Palmitoylethanolamide: A Natural Body-Own Anti-Inflammatory Agent, Effective and Safe against Influenza and Common Cold. International Journal of Inflammation Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 151028, 8 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/151028