Simple nutrient speeds cold recovery by three days

Autumn may technically be cold season — but that doesn’t mean you’re safe in August.

Summer colds happen. And while sneezing, coughing, congestion, and runny noses are never fun to deal with, suffering through it in 90 degree weather adds a whole new level of misery to the experience.

So if you ask me, the results of the study I want to share today couldn’t have come at a better time. (Especially with full-blown cold-and-flu season just one short month away.)

Researchers from the University of Helsinki split a pool of nearly 200 patients with common colds into three different study groups. Each group participated in its own randomized, placebo-controlled trial to assess the effects of zinc supplementation on cold duration.

The subjects were all female, most between the ages of 20 and 50. And treatment groups all received zinc lozenges containing dosages above 75 mg.

Meta-analysis of the results showed that zinc reduced the duration of colds by three whole days — cutting the typically seven day cold nearly in half.

This is far from the first study to prove zinc’s immune benefits. That’s why I always recommend at least 30 mg per day, year round.

But when your next cold strikes, don’t think twice about taking things up a notch. As this study shows, dosages up to 100 mg per day are a safe way to deal with symptoms in very short order.