Scientists have recently published research in The Cochrane Library which supports earlier theories that zinc supplementation may reduce severity and duration of the common cold.
The new research concluded that zinc was effective in children and adults at remedying cold symptoms and resulted in reduced absenteeism at school and work.
“This review strengthens the evidence for zinc as a treatment for the common cold,” said the study’s lead author Meenu Singh of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India.
The research included 15 trials involving more than 1,300 people. It showed that participants taking zinc supplementation experienced eased symptoms and many appeared to have cleared their illness after one week.
Results of the study suggest that adding zinc to diets may help promote a healthy immune system that is better able to fight off viruses.
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