Beat the cold with zinc
Doctors reviewed findings from three zinc-lozenge studies covering 199 men and women, 66 of whom had allergies, to see if there was a difference between allergic and non-allergic people. Zinc acetate lozenges were effective regardless of ethnic background, whether the person had allergies, was a smoker, was older or younger, was male or female, or how severe their cold symptoms were when they began taking zinc lozenges.

Overall, in the three studies, colds lasted an average of seven days, and just over four days in those who took zinc lozenges; an average of three days shorter. Discussing the findings, doctors said because the benefits were consistent for all types of participants, people may confidently treat their colds with zinc lozenges, and recommend taking no more than 100 mg of elemental zinc per day.

Reference: British Journal of Pharmacology; July, 2016, Published Online.
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