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Are there herbal supplements that can prevent a bacterial infection?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Unfortunately, no: There are thousands of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical remedies. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... But not on real research because real research is hard & expensive to do). No supplement has been shown to prevent any particular infection.
Dr. Abby Caplin
Dr. Abby Caplin commented
Integrative Medicine 40 years experience
Agree with Dr. Kwok. Are you dealing with some sort of recurrent bacterial infection in particular?
Oct 24, 2012
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Yes: Most herbal supplements boost the immune system. Try asking at a health food store.

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