Acute viral nasopharyngitis, or acute coryza, usually known as the common cold, is a highly contagious, viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory system. Common symptoms are sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing and cough.
Zinc is an essential mineral that is found in almost every cell. Zinc has an antioxidant effect and plays a vital role in the body’s ability to resist and fight infection. It helps maintain a healthy immune system and it has been used for centuries to assist in the healing process. Zinc also helps promote growth and development of the fetus during pregnancy and continues supporting growth and development during the childhood years and into the adolescence years. It also helps in the development of sperm and is needed for ovulation and fertilization.
Zinc is an essential trace element found in liver, muscles, bones, teeth, hair, skin, and testes. Zinc is involved in the making of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), ribonucleic acid (RNA ), and protein. Furthermore, many enzymes need zinc for optimum function. Zinc deficiency often results from low intake of foods high in zinc, such as seafood, bran, meat, eggs, and nuts, or from impaired absorption. A zinc supplement of 10 to 15 mg taken twice daily with food can make a significant difference. High doses of a zinc supplement can cause nausea and vomiting.
Zinc is found in a wide variety of foods. Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food, but red meat and poultry provide the majority of zinc in a persons diet. Other good food sources include beans, nuts, certain seafood, whole grains, fortified breakfast cereals, and dairy products. Phytates, which are found in whole grain breads, cereals, legumes and other products, can decrease zinc absorption.
The University of Maryland Medical Center states that “several important studies have revealed that zinc lozenges may reduce the intensity of the symptoms associated with a cold, particularly cough, and the length of time that a cold lingers.”
By using CHF #65 Zinc Lozenge, your cold time may be cut significantly.