Dr Oz: Does Zinc Really Work To Stop a Cold?
Can Zinc stop a cold? Drugstore products tell you that it is beneficial, and Dr Oz invited an Assistant of the Day to join in helping him explore this. Learn how Zinc attacks the Rhinovirus and can get you over a cold faster.
Dr Oz: Zinc Vs Vitamin C
Christina said that she has been taking Zinc daily on Dr Oz’s recommendation, but she thought Vitamin C was the best treatment for a cold.
However, Dr Oz cited a study that has found new benefits from Zinc when it comes to colds. Tissues are a go-to remedy for Christina’s colds. She said her fiance George prefers Vitamin C powder.
Dr Oz: How Rhinovirus Gets Into the Body
When someone sneezes, particles travel away from them at 100 miles per hour, getting into the body all over, including through your eyes. Germs want to land in the Cilia, the lining of the lungs. How can you deal with those virus particles?
This type of Rhinovirus is out to infect you by spreading its particles far and wide. Viruses are very good at reproducing once they take hold. By the time you are reaching for tissues, you have inflammation and other symptoms.
Dr Oz: Zinc Attacks Rhinovirus
But how do over the counter cold medications work? They are not always going after the Rhinovirus. Instead, they are removing the mucus and symptoms that bother you, without addressing the underlying cause.
Zinc is the exception, because it goes after that Rhinovirus to heal the germs that are causing the cold. But Doctor Oz wanted to make sure everyone is getting Zinc the right way, so that it could cut the duration of your cold in half.
Dr Oz: When To Take Zinc for a Cold
Take Zinc within 24 hours of your first cold symptoms. Continue taking it as long as the symptoms last. It may last about four days, but it is an inexpensive way to make your cold go by faster. Now you could get through a cold in about four days instead of a week.
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