Research Roundup

October 2000 Issue

Research Roundup

More support has emerged that zinc lozenges may shorten the duration and severity of the common cold, according to a controlled study of 48 volunteers who experienced cold symptoms for less than 24 hours. They took one lozenge containing 12.8 milligrams of zinc acetate (a total of 80 milligrams a day of elemental zinc) or a placebo every two to three hours for four to five days during the duration of their cold. They recorded their symptoms daily.

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