Getting a cold? Should you take vitamin C? Or zinc lozenges?

POPPING VITAMIN C AT THE START OF A COLD DOESN’T HELP

 People swear that popping a few vitamin C tablets when their throat starts to feel sore is a surefire method to prevent a cold. Unfortunately, evidence doesn’t support that. However, a daily vitamin C — not just the day before you feel sick — may reduce the duration of a cold. A study review found that adults experienced 8% and children 14% fewer sick days when they took vitamin C every day. In other words, if the average adult is sick 10 days per year, supplementing with vitamin C would reduce it to 9 days.

ZINC LOZENGES MAY TRIPLE RECOVERY RATE FROM COLDS

And what about zinc to shorten a cold? A team of researchers performed an analysis on three small randomized trials. The data suggests that zinc may be even more beneficial than previously estimated. By Day 5, 70% of people taking zinc lozenges had recovered from the common cold, compared to only 27% of people taking placebo. The best part is that daily supplementation isn’t necessary. When you feel a cold coming on, start popping zinc lozenges.


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