Great news just in from Ticadoc today! If you’re suffering from a common cold, it’s duration can actually be reduced by 33%. That’s right, one full third! This massive change can happen by simply sucking on a few zinc lozenges.
It was recently identified in a meta-analysis (published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Open) through seven even-randomized trials with both zinc acetate and zinc gluconate lozenges, that the duration of colds was shortened on average by 33%.
From the study, it was stated that there is no further application or justification of the statement that there “is no cure for the common cold”. All of this because of the strengthened evidence that zinc lozenges can shorten the common cold by over 30%.
Dr. Hemila at the University of Helsinki & lead author, has then gone on to suggest that future studies should include the ‘optimal composition’ of zinc and also the ‘optimal frequency’ of their administration/consumption, each warranting further investigation.
BUT HOW DOES IT WORK?
Well it sounds pretty simple. The zinc lozenges look like they adapt and influence the cold via a release of fee zinc ions into your oropharyngeal localized area.
SELECTING THE RIGHT TYPE AND DOSE OF LOZENGE
The dose of zinc in the three studies ranged between 80 to 92 mg/day. Such doses are substantially higher than the recommended daily zinc intake in Australia, which is 14 mg/day for men and 8 mg/day for women.
The authors say it is unlikely that 80-92 mg/day of zinc for one to two weeks, starting soon after the onset of the first cold symptoms, could lead to long-term adverse effects.
We will leave the process at that because the rest is fairly technical, but we can inform you that the doses of 100mg and under each day apparently should provide the benefit.
Lastly, it was also identified that both zinc gluconate and zinc acetate are both equally as effective as one another. This is important as Dr. Hemila stresses that your lozenges should only contain these elements, not lozenges that contain citric acid or salt citrate
THE BOTTOM LINE
So, the solution may actually not be with major pharma-products, but something as simple and cost effective as a cheap lozenge when it comes to the common cold.
To reference the full study, see: Harri Hemilä: Zinc lozenges and the common cold: a meta-analysis comparing zinc acetate and zinc gluconate, and the role of zinc dosage. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Open. 2 May, 2017 https://doi.org/10.1177/2054270417694291