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Zinc reduces common cold symptoms from 7 days to 4

Zinc acetate lozenges taken within 24 hours of developing symptoms of the common cold reduce the duration and severity of symptoms from an average of 7 days to 4 days according to a report in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, 15 March 2008.
Zinc is essential for immune function and deficiency is common due to dietary factors. We offer a simple taste test that can indicate if you are zinc deficient.
The Ayurvedic herbal tonic, Chyawanprash, is also recommended to build immunity and ward of colds
Zinc acetate lozenges taken within 24 hours of developing symptoms of the common cold reduce the duration and severity of symptoms from an average of 7 days to 4 days according to a report in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, 15 March 2008.
In the study, Dr. Ananda S. Prasad and associates from Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, and associates treated the common cold in 50 volunteers who had cold symptoms for 24 hours or less. The participants took one lozenge every 2 to 3 hours while they were awake. In one group the lozenge was an inactive placebo while the other group the zinc acetate lozenge contained contained 13.3 milligrams of zinc.
The average duration of cold symptoms was about 4 days in the zinc group. This compared to 7 in the placebo group.
56 percent of the zinc group had completely recovered of their colds after 4 day, whereas None of the "placebo group" was free of cold symptoms.

A summary from the
Australian medical Journal makes 4 points about zinc
Summary
  • Zinc plays a central role in metabolism, including the assimilation of metabolic fuel and maintenance of immune function.
  • Zinc intake in Australian women is low.
  • Women should increase their intake of zinc through food sources.
  • Zinc supplementation greater than 25mg/day should be avoided.

We have a simple taste test that can indicate whether you have a zinc deficiency and could benefit from supplementation.

We also recommend the well known Ayurvedic rejuvenative tonic, Chyawanprash. One of it's main ingredients, Amla is one of the richest natural sources of vitamin C. It has strong antioxidant and immune strengthening anti-inflammatory properties.
The daily recommended intake of zinc is 12 mg and the preferred source is natural foods