When Should You Take Zinc to Shorten Your Cold?

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  • Zinc consumption, when started within 24 hours of your first cold symptoms, can reduce the duration of your cold by 33% and lessen its severity
  • Evidence shows that zinc gluconate and zinc acetate are effective but neither should be paired with citric acid, mannitol, sorbitol or sodium bicarbonate
  • Zinc is crucial to enzymes, immune function, protein synthesis, wound health and cell division, yet it was not recognized as essential until the 1970s
  • The common cold does not have a cure, but there are steps you can take to speed healing, such as optimizing vitamin D, taking high doses of liposomal vitamin C and getting quality rest and sleep

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