“Improve all aspects of your health and well-being by making sure you get enough zinc in your diet.”
– Charles Poliquin, Top Ten Benefits of Zinc
[warning: today’s post has nothing to do with my challenge. I’ve been sick all week and wanted to write a post about the only substance that’s managed to make me feel better.]
Having a mild aversion to prescription medicine, I always try to fight my illnesses with natural means. Although these are often times ineffective, there is one supplement that has never failed me: zinc. In fact, zinc is the only material that I trust for helping me overcome the cold.
According to The Cochrane Library:
“The common cold is often caused by the rhinovirus. It is one of the most widespread illnesses and is a leading cause of visits to the doctor and absenteeism from school and work. Complications of the common cold include otitis media (middle ear infection), sinusitis and exacerbations of reactive airway diseases. There is no proven treatment for the common cold. However, a medication that is even partially effective in the treatment and prevention of the common cold could markedly reduce morbidity and economic losses due to this illness.
Zinc inhibits rhinoviral replication and has been tested in trials for treatment of the common cold. This review identified 15 randomized controlled trials, enrolling 1360 participants of all age groups, comparing zinc with placebo (no zinc). We found that zinc (lozenges or syrup) is beneficial in reducing the duration and severity of the common cold in healthy people, when taken within 24 hours of onset of symptoms. People taking zinc are also less likely to have persistence of their cold symptoms beyond seven days of treatment. Zinc supplementation for at least five months reduces incidence, school absenteeism and prescription of antibiotics for children with the common cold.”
In addition to it’s cold fighting properties, Zinc is also a massive testosterone booster. Whenever I load up on zinc tablets I notice that my gym sessions improve greatly and my sex drive goes through the roof.
I personally use GNC Zinc 100, but there are numerous other quality brands available.