Zinc for Colds: Lozenges & Nasal Sprays

Introduction

You've probably heard a lot about zinc for colds. But is zinc really effective for reducing the duration of cold symptoms? Here's what you should know about zinc and colds.

What is zinc?

Zinc is an essential mineral that is found in almost every cell. Zinc has antioxidant effects and is vital to the body's resistance to infection. It's also important for tissue repair.

Zinc is found naturally in shellfish, beef and other red meats, nuts and seeds, beans, and milk and cheese. Tea, coffee, and certain medications may interfere with zinc absorption in the intestines.

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