Has anyone had success using zinc to prevent or diminish colds?
I use an herb called Astragalus instead with a lot of success. Zinc bothers my stomach.
In the past I used zinc lozenges when I felt a cold or sore throat coming on. I think it was worth it. It is hard to tell how worse my cold would have been, but it seems to keep them short lived or not very significant.
Now, however, I take Cold-eeze as soon as I feel a cold coming on. It's usually found where the cough drops are but cost a lot more. They are like a cough drop because you suck on them.
My store sells them for about $6 for a small package. These have really worked for me. I haven't had a full blown cold in years. These contain Zinc. Here is a little more info on this product:
Hope this helps!
Absolutely. I started off using Cold-Eeze lozenges and now take a zinc supplement every couple days. I have NOT gotten a cold since taking the zinc supplements, nor has my dad who has diabetes. My dad hasn't gotten sick in over a year, and he used to come down with absolutely everything. I highly recommend zinc supplements!
It does wonders and fights cold especially when coupled with vitamin C.
I personally used zinc gluconate because it is better absorbed by the body. I also go for natural sources of zinc - veggies.
Thanks for all the information about using zinc to prevent and alleviate colds. I am going to try cold-eeze and Vitamin C next time, or perhaps start taking a zinc supplement. I am already taking a Vitamin D supplement, which is suppossed to also prevent colds from taking hold in your body. I will look into zinc some more.
Vitamin E is wonderful for preventing colds or getting over illness quickly....a boost to the immune system. I have found that if someone in my family is sick and I take 2 a day I most likely will not come down with whatever they have.
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