Zinc lozenges as cure for the common cold--a review and hypothesis.

  title={Zinc lozenges as cure for the common cold--a review and hypothesis.},
  author={George A Eby},
  journal={Medical hypotheses},
  volume={74 3},
A 7-day reduction in duration of common colds was shown by Eby et al. in 1984 using 23mg zinc gluconate throat lozenges. Over the following 25years, 14 double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trials produced widely differing results with about one-half showing success and the remainder showing failure. Positively charged, ionic zinc (iZn), but not bound zinc, is strongly astringent, antirhinoviral, increases interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) 10-fold, inhibits intercellular adhesion… CONTINUE READING
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