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January 1998 Issue

Is it True Zinc Lozenges Can Fast-Forward Your Cold?

Q. Help! I'm coming down with a cold. Can zinc lozenges help fight it? A. Perhaps. The most publicized and well-conducted zinc research came from the Cleveland Clinic in 1996. Forty-nine cold sufferers who took zinc gluconate lozenges from the first day of cold symptoms were free of coughing, headaches, runny noses and sore throats after 4.4 days. Fifty others who sucked on placebos took 7.6 days to feel better. But not all

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