Easy key to fewer sick days

First For Women - - Health -

Tak­ing zinc has been known to speed heal­ing from a cold, but sci­en­tists long be­lieved high daily doses over 100 mg were needed—a level that can be toxic. Now a re­view in the Jour­nal of the Royal So­ci­ety of Medicine Open re­veals the two most com­mon forms of the min­eral (zinc glu­conate and zinc ac­etate) cut the length of a cold by 40 per­cent at doses as low as 50 mg a day. The au­thors sug­gest choos­ing lozenges that don’t have cit­rate, which is added for fla­vor but binds to zinc ions and pre­vents their re­lease. Try: Life Ex­ten­sion En­hanced Zinc Lozenges, ($9 for 30, LEF.com/ffw).

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