Your nose is running, your eyes are itchy and watery, you have a low-grade fever and you've been sneezing all day. You probably have a cold. They are the leading cause of doctor visits and missed days at work and school. The average adult in America will suffer between two and four colds each year.
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.