Can Zinc Fight Common Cold Symptoms?

July 22, 2011

Zinc, found in shellfish, red meats, milk and nuts, may benefit in fighting off symptoms of the common cold. Zinc is also an essential mineral responsible for tissue regeneration, reproductive health (it’s in sperm) and vision.

Since zinc is mainly found in meats, vegetarians (and vegans especially) are at risk for not having enough zinc in their diets.

There are three ways it may help:

  1. One theory suggests that zinc may help stop the common cold virus from attaching in the nose, where it likes to infect. (Rhinovirus, rhino=nose).
  2. Although zinc can’t perfectly prevent a cold, some studies show that taking zinc at the start of cold symptoms and at regular intervals throughout a cold may reduce the severity of cold symptoms as well as the duration of the cold.
  3. Zinc is also an important part of the immune system. Getting an adequate amount of zinc in the diet helps ensure a healthy immune system.

Tea, coffee, and some medication may interfere with zinc’s absorption into the body. On the other hand, too much zinc can interfere with copper levels in the body! The key is balanced supplementation, and avoiding too much of a good thing.

Have you ever taken zinc for a cold? Do you think it helped?

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Common Cold December 27, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Everyone has caught a cold or had the flu at one time or another. You know the common cold symptoms: you cough, you sneeze, your head aches, your nose leaks, your eyes are blurry, and you just plain feel miserable. Sound familiar? As much as we all wish there was a cold cure, it’s just not here yet. But there are ways to alleviate the pain and suffering of the common cold. Let’s first examine how we’ve all caught our little illness, and then we can examine cold treatment.

How to Catch the Common Cold

Colds tend to hide in the most obvious places, which makes them very easy to catch. First, while out and about, we leave our gloves and hand protection at home. This makes it so that when we put our hands on easily infected items, the cold will be magically attracted to our hands and just climb aboard, making the catch almost no effort on our part. These items can include shopping carts, railings, door handles, phones, computers, steering wheels, handshakes, and MANY more. All of your friends, neighbors, acquaintances, and kids are very generous, offering to give you the cold that they themselves have caught. They may offer it by sneezing, coughing, kissing, shaking hands, or hugging. And you thought they were just being nice. Well, now that you’ve caught the common cold, let’s see how to get rid of it, or at least live with it for a while.

How to (almost) Cure the Common Cold

Believe it or not, simply resting in bed and drinking lots of fluids will go a long way in getting rid of your cold. The common cold loves stress, and will attach to all incoming stress with alacrity. Fluids rich in vitamin C and water will help the cold swim its way out of your system. Another thing to do is to blow your nose often: Don’t sniffle! Blowing your nose literally blows more and more of the cold out. When the cold has attacked your throat, try gargling with salt water to soothe your esophagus. Try taking vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin E, and Beta Carotene. Apparently, colds really don’t like such vitamins and minerals, and may leave your system sooner if you take them. And next time, use a good hand sanitizer to keep from catching that cold in the first place!

As soon as science makes a cure for the common cold, I will certainly let you know, but for now, these are a few things you can do to work out the cold you’ve already caught. Happy trails!

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