A new study conducted at the University of Helsinki and published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases found that simple, low-cost zinc supplementation greatly speeds recovery from colds and influenza infections.
The study, authored by Harri Hemilä, James T. Fitzgerald, Edward J. Petrus and Ananda Prasad, pursued a meta-analysis tracking of the recovery progress in human patients given either zinc acetate lozenges or placebo. They found a 300% faster recovery time among those who took zinc lozenges containing 80 – 92 mg/day.
Notably, this zinc dosage is almost 10 times higher than the U.S. government’s recommended daily intake of just 11 mg/day for men or 8 mg/day for women; a dosing level intentionally set to ensure that zinc deficiencies persist across the population.
Achieving the accelerated recovery documented in this study requires three things:
- Using the high dose of zinc (80 – 92 mg/day) but no more than 100 mg/day.
- Using the right form of zinc. For this study, zinc acetate was used.
- Avoiding other ingredients that may bind with zinc ions, such as citric acid.
As Science Daily warns, “the findings of this meta-analysis should not be directly extrapolated to the wide variety of zinc lozenges on the current market.”
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