There are no scientific studies in humans that support or disprove these claims. Therefore, it is considered alternative medicine misinformation.
Drinking alkaline water does not have any effect on the body that is significantly different from other types of drinking water. But if you prefer the taste of alkaline water, you can continue to drink it.
Myth #2: Vitamin C can cure a cold
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is included in most supplements and products that claim to be cold remedies or immune boosters.
Oftentimes, the amount of vitamin C is hundreds of times over the body’s daily requirements.
Studies have shown that while doses of vitamin C can help reduce the duration and severity of a cold, it does not completely remove the risk of catching a cold in the first place.
Vitamin C indeed plays an important role in boosting immunity, however, it is not a cure-all. Vitamin C-rich food and supplements are great to improve your health as it is essential for immune function, building collagen, and improve wound healing.
It is generally safe even in high doses, as it is water-soluble but it may cause hyperacidity in some people.
Myth #3: Garlic can be used to treat hypertension
In traditional medicine, garlic is used both topically and internally to treat a variety of ailments.
Here in the Philippines, garlic is often rubbed on minor wounds or insect bites to reduce swelling and inflammatio. And, of course, is included in many meals to add flavor.
The good news is that there is much scientific evidence supporting that garlic has antimicrobial, antioxidant, and blood pressure-lowering properties.
Freshly crushed garlic or garlic supplements contain allicin, sulfur-compounds, and several other substances that improve health.