Sick every Christmas? Not this year!
Q: Every year, I end up with an awful cold around the holidays. I want to enjoy myself this year. If I do come down with a cold is there anything I do to get rid of it faster?
Dr Wright: Zinc lozenges are one of the best ways to get over a cold FAST — if you’re taking the right ones. One study showed that people taking zinc acetate lozenges got over colds faster (4.0 days vs. 7.1 with placebo), had a shorter cough duration (2.1 days vs. 5.0), and shorter periods of nasal discharge (3.0 days vs. 4.5).
Like I said, though, you have to make sure you’re taking the right ones. And that means checking the label to make sure those lozenges are zinc acetate, not any other kind! It has to do with the way it dissolves — the “acetate” form allows 100% of the zinc to be left behind to do its job — other forms aren’t as effective. In fact, some leave behind close to 0%!
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From Health Info Newsletter November 26, 2012:: Zinc for Colds, IBS, Avocados, Hearing Loss