A couple of times a month without fail, my mom seems to always start our weekly phone conversation with “So I was watching Dr. Oz and…” The woman loves Dr. Oz and thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread (and knowing Dr. Oz, he’s probably figured out what sliced bread can cure). So a few months ago during the cusp of flu season, she unsurprisingly started off with “So I was watching Dr. Oz, and he recommends using elderberry lozenges as soon as you start feeling cold/flu symptoms.” Weeks later at our family get-together, she armed my brother and I (and respective partners) with elderberry lozenges to take home, along with other things that Dr. Oz recommended. I’m sure his sponsors were reveling over this, but I do admit I think it’s quirky and cute since we’re middle-aged and she still, and will always, mother us.
Digression: Another quirky thing my mother does is tell an elaborate 2-3 minute joke, and just as she gets to the punchline she’ll say something like, “Wait, did I mention in the beginning that there was a bear in the car? I didn’t? That’s important, let me start over…”
Anyway, this past weekend, I started feeling under the weather with a harsh sore throat, and when I mentioned it to my mom she stated, “Well use the elderberry, Dr. Oz recommends it!” So I did, and ya know – I think it may have worked. After taking a few lozenges on Saturday, I felt tons better on Sunday, enough to run 5 miles and eat real food (the important part). It kind of feels like the symptoms come and go, but I haven’t really needed to take any time off to recoup. So I thank her since I’ll give credit where it’s duly deserved, which can only mean one thing… I will never, ever hear the end of Dr. Oz’s amazing recommendations. 😉
If anyone ever gets cold/flu symptoms, this might be worth a shot. The kind she gave us were chewable lozenges and were pretty darn tasty, which is a step up from the licorice taste of Throat Coat teas that I usually drink. It’s a bit pricey at around $10 a bottle, but I’m all for anything that makes me feel 100% faster. I’d be curious to know if anyone else has tried and received the same results, or if I just had major placebo effect going on.