High-Dose Zinc Lozenges May Reduce Duration of Cold Symptoms

High-Dose Zinc Lozenges May Reduce Duration of Cold Symptoms

Although its not quite cold-season yet, you may find this Medscape article interesting and worth remembering as the flu bug begins to circulate…. For my patients in Seattle, this season begins around October and lasts through late February.  Remember, typically the common cold is caused by a virus, not a bacteria which means the use of antibiotics will be ineffective (and could even be deleterious on your health).  So before rushing to extreme measures when feeling sick, begin with the basics: sleep, hydration and good food.

Hope you are enjoying these summer months and soaking up lots of Vitamin D!

Be well.

Dr. R

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One Comment to “High-Dose Zinc Lozenges May Reduce Duration of Cold Symptoms”

  1. For those who have trouble accessing the link – the bottom line: this meta-analysis study concluded that Zinc acetate taken daily at greater than 75mg per day has a 42% reduction in the duration of a cold. (Zinc comes in many forms and Zn acetate is one of them, often times certain forms of minerals are better absorbed and utilized by the body, that may be why this study found such a profound result for the acetate form in particular.)

    Be well,
    Dr. R

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