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Is zinc good for colds?

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The mineral zinc also has antioxidant effects and is vital to the body's resistance to infection and for tissue repair. Zinc is also thought to stimulate the immune system.

Some studies show that sucking on zinc lozenges at the start of a cold may reduce the duration of symptoms. However, study results are conflicting and overall suggest that zinc may have a minimal benefit at best. Researchers continue to study zinc to determine its true effect on colds.

SOURCES:

Bruce, D. , Ballantine, 2007. The Sinus Cure

Mayo Clinic: "Cold Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't, What Can't Hurt."

eMedicineHealth: "Colds Treatment: Self-Care at Home."

FDA: "Colds and Flu: Time Only Sure Cure."

American Lung Association: "A Survival Guide for Preventing and Treating Influenza and the Common Cold."

Nutrients : “Dietary Natural Products for Prevention and Treatment of Liver Cancer.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 13, 2019

SOURCES:

Bruce, D. , Ballantine, 2007. The Sinus Cure

Mayo Clinic: "Cold Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't, What Can't Hurt."

eMedicineHealth: "Colds Treatment: Self-Care at Home."

FDA: "Colds and Flu: Time Only Sure Cure."

American Lung Association: "A Survival Guide for Preventing and Treating Influenza and the Common Cold."

Nutrients : “Dietary Natural Products for Prevention and Treatment of Liver Cancer.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 13, 2019

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