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Zinc for Colds -- Be Careful

The use of zinc for colds has been in the news lately due to a study indicating benefit. Some of the coverage, however, might suggest the wrong conclusion. Be aware that taking zinc pills won’t help with a cold; only forms that allow zinc to act directly in the throat or nose can help – and only when taken appropriately. See the Zinc Product Review for details on formulations and dosing that can help with colds. More >>

Can Echinacea Prevent Colds?

Although the evidence behind echinacea has been mixed, a new study -- the largest to date -- found that taking a particular type of echinacea supplement throughout cold season reduced cold "events" (catching colds and days spent with colds) by 26%. See the update to the Echinacea Supplements Review for details about this particular supplement, including the special way it is taken. More >>

Does Vitamin D Prevent Colds?

A recent study found vitamin D supplementation did not reduce the number or severity of colds, but a closer look suggests that it can, depending on your vitamin D level. Get the details and our ratings of 51 vitamin D supplements in the updated Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Zinc for Shortening Colds

Two different forms of zinc were found to work equally as well for reducing the duration of colds -- by as much as three days. For details, see the "What It Does" section of the Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Review >>

Vitamin C for Colds?

Taking vitamin C may modestly help with colds, according to a new study -- but there's a catch. Find out in the What It Does section of the Vitamin C Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Picks for vitamin C supplements.)

Does Ginseng Prevent Colds?

Ginseng may increase levels of certain immune cells in the body, but does this result in fewer colds? See what a recent study showed in the What It Does section of the Ginseng Supplements Review.

Too Much Vitamin D Can Increase Colds

A recent study in people with asthma found that giving high-dose vitamin D increased the risk of developing a cold among those who achieved higher levels of vitamin D or were African-American. Nearly half of those in the study were not vitamin D deficient to start. In contrast, studies have found that giving moderate doses of vitamin D to people who are vitamin D deficient decreases the risk of colds. The point, in our opinion: Maintain an adequate, but not excessive, level of vitamin D. For details (including dosage, levels, and our tests of products) see the Vitamin D Supplements Review >>

Vitamin D Reduces Risk of Colds & Flu

A study released today shows that taking vitamin D in a certain way reduces the risk of cold and flu infections by up to 70%. The benefits are greatest for people very deficient in vitamin D. For details, see the "What It Does" section of the Vitamin D Supplements Review (which includes our tests of products) >>

DHA in Pregnancy

The omega-3 fatty acid, DHA, is known to be important to fetal development and is recommended for pregnant woman. A new study suggests that DHA during pregnancy may reduce early colds in some infants. An update to the Fish Oil Supplements Review includes the dose and type of DHA used. More >>

Probiotic for Cold Symptoms and Gas

A study found that a particular probiotic strain reduced symptoms of upper respiratory infections, as well as gas, in children. For details see the Colds and acute respiratory infections section as well as the Bloating, gas, and abdominal pain section of the Probiotic Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks for probiotics and kombucha.

How to Use Zinc Lozenges for Colds

Zinc lozenges have been shown to reduce cold symptoms, but effectiveness appears to depend on the lozenge formulation and how it is used. Learn more in the What It Does section of the Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Review. Also see our Top Picks for zinc lozenges and pills.

Can a Multivitamin Reduce Colds and Flu?

Can regularly taking a multivitamin reduce the chance of getting a cold or flu, or lessen the symptoms and duration of illness among older people? Find out what a recent study showed in the What They Do section of the Multivitamin and Multimineral Supplements Review. Also see our Top Picks among multivitamins for women, men, seniors, children and pets.

Honey for Coughs and Colds?

Does honey help reduce cold symptoms and improve coughs? Find out what a recent analysis concluded in our updated answer to the question: Do any supplements help prevent or treat a cold?

Vitamin C: Does It Fight Colds?

A new analysis says it can help – a little. Get the bottom line, plus test results for 27 products, in the updated Vitamin C Supplements Review >>

When Vitamin C May Curb a Cold

A recent small study among men with low to adequate levels of vitamin C showed that supplementing with vitamin C reduced the incidence of colds compared to placebo. The men taking vitamin C also reported having more energy -- although this finding was not statistically significant. Learn more about what vitamin C can and cannot do, the dose used in this study, and results of our tests of vitamin C supplements, in the update to the Vitamin C Supplements Review >>

Zinc Lozenges for Colds

A recent review of placebo-controlled studies of zinc lozenges given at the start of a cold shows that they not only shorten the duration of symptoms in the throat, but in the nose and muscles as well. It is critical, however, that the right type of zinc, dose, and dosing schedule be used. Get the details, as well as our reviews of zinc lozenges and supplements, in the Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Review >>

Probiotic Shortens Respiratory Infections

Studies have shown probiotics to reduce the duration and severity colds when taken throughout a cold season. A new study in children shows short-term use of a probiotic -- started at the time a household member gets sick -- also significantly reduces the duration and severity of acute respiratory infections. For details, including our tests of probiotic supplements, see the Probiotic Supplements Review >>

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