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Conclusion

The hypothesis holds true: of  the participants, those who took the Sambucus extract recovered the fastest from flu.

Many people vitamin C tablets in order to lower the chances of contracting influenza and to recover from it. Still, clinical studies have not been able to prove conclusively that such tablets are truly effective in dealing with flu. On the other hand, there are studies that claim that Sambucus extracts can effectuate a quick recovery from flu.
 

Also consider

Engage participants who do not have flu. Conduct the experiment over a long period of time to see if the supplements are effective in reducing these individuals’ chances of contracting flu.

Compare 2 groups of participants – those who eat fruits and vegetables everyday and those that do not.

References

Common cold - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000678.htm

Vitamin C and the common cold - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_C_and_the_common_cold

Vitamin C for the common cold - http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/vitamin-c-for-common-cold

Sambucus - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus
 

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Complexity level:
5
Project cost ($):
50
Time required:
It will take an hour to set up the experiment, and 14 days to conduct it.
Material availability:
The Sambucus extract and Vitamin C can be purchased from a pharmacy
Safety concerns:

Be careful not to exceed the prescribed dosage of Sambucus/Vitamin C. Wash your hands frequent and wear masks to prevent spreading of the influenza virus, when dealing with the participants