17 Feb '11, 7am

Shaking off a cold? Zinc may have an edge over chicken soup

LONDON - The best way to shake off a cold is to take supplements of the trace metal zinc, scientists say. While zinc is perhaps best known for protecting cars against rust, in minute quantities it has a host of important physiological functions. Now a review of 15 clinical trials published since 1984 has concluded that taking supplements can reduce the length of a cold and help ward one off in the first place. The conclusions of the Cochrane Collaboration, an Oxford-based not-for-profit institution that reviews existing studies to spot trends missed by looking at them individually, could lead in time to zinc replacing Vitamin C as the cold "cure" of choice. The latest Cochrane Review found that people who took a zinc syrup solution or lozenge every two hours, while they had a cold were twice as likely to have shed it within a week as compared to those who took a placebo. C...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110217-0000230/Zinc-m...

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