Study: Zinc Can Ease Colds

Study: Zinc Can Ease Colds

POSTED: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 7:36am

UPDATED: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 12:01pm

Researchers say zinc supplements may help you fight the common cold.

While the precise estimate is still uncertain, scientists found that people who started taking zinc-loaded lozenges or syrups within 24 hours of showing cold symptoms, shortened their cold by one day. A normal cold lasts about a week.

Symptoms of a cold include: a sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and fatigue.

The review was published by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research.

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