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Zinc Can Zap Your Cold

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Vitamins and Minerals at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Cold weather can be tough. Many people catch a cold or two during the winter months and even healthy, strong immune-system individuals may have to battle it from time to time.  Zinc supplements are one of the best ways to fight a cold during the winter. Known for multiple health benefits, such as acne treatment, repair wounds, and vision support, zinc is also a great immunity enhancer and can be a helpful supplement during this time of the year.

Zinc is an essential mineral responsible for important functions in the human body. In a healthy, well-balanced diet, most people can get enough zinc from food sources. Oysters, meat, eggs, seafood, beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, black-eyed peas, tofu, and wheat germ are excellent food sources of zinc. Supplements are available in tablets, capsules and liquid and the recommended daily allowance of zinc is 15mg with higher amounts suggested during pregnancy and lactation.

Studies have concluded that taking zinc supplements can reduce the common cold. There are about 62 million cases of the common cold in the United States every year, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Peoples’ cold symptoms seemed to clear up faster if they take a higher dosage of zinc during the sick days. For example, studies suggest that adults who didn’t take zinc tend to have colds lasting around a week longer than adults taking zinc. Multiple natural supplements for immune support offer high amounts of zinc combined with natural immunity boosters, such as Echinacea, elderberry, and other herbal ingredients.

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One Response to “Zinc Can Zap Your Cold”

  1. Ferdinand says:

    Great post! Keep up the good writing.

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