Randomized, controlled studies have shown that zinc, when taken at the very beginning of cold symptoms can reduce the duration of the common cold by at least 24 hours. In fact, studies have also shown that when taking zinc for 5 months, there is a reduction of school absenteeism  as well as a reduction in prescription antibiotics. Of course, eating right, sleeping well, exercising, and optimizing Vitamin D3 will also be preventative. Caution should be taken in taking zinc lozenges due to possible side effects. Lozenges are made with artificial flavors and binding agents that can alter effectiveness. The known side effects are: nausea, bad taste in the mouth, and interference with mineral uptake. Zinc is not recommended for those suffering from lowered immune function, chronic illness, or asthma unless under the supervision of a health professional.

The dangerous side effects of over-the-counter cold medications such as Tylenol and aspirin suppress the body’s natural ability to produce antibodies to destroy the cold virus. A short term, non-lozenge zinc supplementation should be fine.

It is best to get your zinc from a well balanced diet. Fresh organic meats such as beef, turkey, lamb, salmon, and chicken fit the bill. Trace minerals, including zinc, are in fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Other good sources are raw cheese, raw milk, yogurt, beans, and kefir made from raw milk. Don’t take massive doses of zinc when fighting a cold – 50-60 mg per day will do – and you can stop taking it when the cold has been eliminated.

The best way to get the zinc you need in through a healthy, well balanced diet.

If you have wondered if chiropractic nutritional approaches can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself, Dr. Scott Brown

Call us today (303) 986-7600 at Brown Chiropractic Neurology for a free consultation! Proudly serving Denver, Lakewood, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Morrison, and Evergreen Colorado (CO).

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