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Updated 09 June 2017

Zinc may just be your secret weapon against the common cold

Zinc may just be your secret weapon against the common cold. An analysis of existing research suggests that zinc acetate lozenges may improve a patient’s chances of recovering from the condition three-fold. Seventy percent of test subjects recovered after using zinc acetate lozenges for five days, compared to only 27% of those who were given placebos. Although there is compelling evidence supporting the efficacy of the drug, more research is needed to determine the most effective dosage and formulation for cold-fighting zinc acetate tablets.

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