Zinc for the common cold

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Effect of High-Dose Zinc and Ascorbic Acid Supplementation vs Usual Care on Symptom Length and Reduction Among Ambulatory Patients With SARS-CoV-2 Infection

It is suggested that treatment with zinc, ascorbic acid, or both does not affect SARS-CoV-2 symptoms, and there was no significant difference in the duration of symptoms among the 4 groups.

Chapter 11: Colds and Allergy

  • K. Scolaro
  • Medicine
    Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs: An Interactive Approach to Self-Care, 20th Edition
  • 2020

Zinc for preventing and treating the common cold

To assess the effects of zinc to reduce the incidence, duration and severity of the common cold when used either as a daily supplement to prevent colds or as therapy at the onset of cold symptoms or during a cold.

[Prevention of Infections of the Upper Respiratory Tract].

In the synopsis, the physical measures proved to be the most effective, cost-effective method to prevent infections.

WITHDRAWN: Zinc for the common cold.

Zinc administered within 24 hours of onset of symptoms reduces the duration of common cold symptoms in healthy people but some caution is needed due to the heterogeneity of the data.

Zinc Signal in Inflammation

It is anticipated that continued discovery of the many roles that Zn plays in controlling inflammation will yield meaningful insight for nutritional strategies that prevent or significantly reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with inflammation-based diseases.

Zinc supplementation for preventing mortality, morbidity, and growth failure in children aged 6 months to 12 years of age.

The benefits of preventive zinc supplementation outweigh the harms in areas where the risk of zinc deficiency is relatively high, and further research should determine optimal intervention characteristics such as supplement dose.



Copper and zinc inhibit the metabolism of prostaglandin by the human uterus.

Levels of copper are within the physiological range of levels thought to be present in the uterine tissue and fluid of wearers of the copper-containing IUD and the inhibition of PG metabolism in these women might account for the small but significant decrease in the length of the luteal phase of their menstrual cycles.


The prophylactic and therapeutic effectiveness of zinc sulphate on common cold in children

Compared to the placebo group, the zinc group had shorter mean duration of cold symptoms and decreased total severity scores for cold symptoms (p<0.0001).

An Open-Label, Single-Center, Phase IV Clinical Study of the Effectiveness of Zinc Gluconate Glycine Lozenges (Cold-Eeze) in Reducing the Duration and Symptoms of the Common Cold in School-Aged Subjects

The zinc gluconate glycine lozenges are well tolerated and are an easy-to-administer therapy that has the potential to substantially reduce cold-related school absences and antibiotic use and misuse as well as to provide a cost saving.

Virus, toxin, complement: Common actions and their prevention by Ca2+ Or Zn2+

  • C. Pasternak
  • Biology
    BioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology
  • 1987
In quite different agents induce a similar type of lesion, leakage is reduced at low ionic strenth, and is prevented by divalent cations such as Ca2+ or Zn2+, suggesting a possible therapeutic approach to the containment of several membrane‐damaging diseases.

Prophylaxis and treatment of rhinovirus colds with zinc gluconate lozenges

It is concluded that zinc gluconate lozenges are reasonably well tolerated and that they have a significant effect on the signs and symptoms of colds caused by rhinoviruses, although the mechanism of action remains obscure.

Rhinovirus infections in an industrial population. I. The occurrence of illness.

Improvements in technology occurred that facilitated the isolation of rhinoviruses and shifted emphasis to these agents in the etiology and epidemiology of acute respiratory disease in a population of working adults.

In vitro activity of zinc salts against human rhinoviruses

The findings indicate that the zinc salts tested have low in vitro therapeutic indices and suggest that the possible beneficial effects of zinc lozenges in reducing cold symptoms may not be related to selective antirhinovirus activity.