zincThis time of year many of us feel that stuffy head, runny nose, scratchy throat coming on and it’s hard to shake with this daily changing weather.  There’s a ton of products on the market promoting Vitamin C as the natural way to combat a cold and you’ve probably tried a few of those remedies.

But did you know zinc works better than Vitamin C?  Vitamin C boosts immunity but studies show zinc shortens a cold by about a day and a half.  Start taking zinc within 48 hours of that first tickle in your throat and try some zinc lozenges.  They were found to shorten the duration of common cold episodes by up to 40% in a study published in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal.

To ward of illness, consider incorporating zinc on a daily basis.  It’s important for a healthy immune system, properly synthesizing DNA, promoting healthy growth during childhood, and healing wounds.  And, a study from researchers at Oregon State University have found that improving zinc status through diet and supplementation may reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases.

Additional benefits of zinc include proper functioning of the digestive systems, control of diabetes, reduction of stress levels, energy metabolism, and an increased rate of healing for acne and wounds.  Also, zinc is helpful in terms of pregnancy, hair care, eczema, weight loss, night blindness, colds, eye care, appetite loss and many other minor conditions.