I have been using Garlicin CF (CF stands for cold and flu formula) for over 10 yrs. I found it initially for my son who was suffering from frequent colds. After he was on antibiotics every few weeks for some time I felt I had to find another way. In talking with someone at a health food store I decided to try the garlicin CF along with an allergy formula called Aller-Response. That was the end of his frequent antibiotic use and I became a user myself.
What it is used for
Garlicin CF is not something that you should take daily because it has Echinacea in it which can give your immune system a boost. This is great if you need it but not such a good idea to keep your immune system ramped up when you are well. Generally I take it if I feel a cold coming on or if I feel I am at risk for catching something. If I have been around someone who is sick or I know I have been run down with lack of sleep or something, I will take it for a couple days.
How well it works
I think I have been using this for long enough to know that it works and it is not just the placebo effect. Of course I can not prove that it is preventing illness but I do know that when I have felt like I am coming down with something if I take it immediately I will get only a very mild case or it will go away completely, where others around me are quite sick. I usually stay on it for a couple days after the symptoms are gone and if they start to come back I will start again. I swear by this stuff and am always telling my friends and family about it. My kids are now grown and whenever they call and say they are sick, I ask, “Are you taking your garlicin?” I am sure they are sick of hearing this but they do know it works. I usually keep an extra bottle or two in my cabinet to give my kids so they always have it on hand.
How much to take and what the pills look like
The Garlicin CF caplets are about 3/4″ long but very narrow so they are easy to swallow. They are a mustard yellow color and have a smooth surface. They do not have any particular odor and go down easily with a glass of water.
The Bottle states to take one caplet three times a day with meals. I have taken it with or without meals and have not noticed a difference either way. Usually when I first am coming down with something I will take two and then continue with either three times a day or two in the morning and one in the afternoon. I think the directions used to suggest this but over the years they just went to three times a day.
I have not noticed any side effects