White Plains, New York, December 10, 2014 —
"Zinc supplements have been shown to shorten colds and reduce the progression of advanced macular degeneration, but not all products provide the dosage proven effective, as well as pass criteria for supplement quality," says Tod Cooperman, M.D., President of ConsumerLab.com. ConsumerLab.com recently purchased popular zinc supplements and lozenges, reviewed their dosage, and tested their content and properties
Among four zinc lozenges tested by ConsumerLab.com, only two provided a dosage and form of zinc known to reduce the duration and symptoms of a cold.
Among zinc supplements, which may be useful in treating acne, depression, and anorexia nervosa, as well as preventing and correcting zinc deficiency, ConsumerLab.com found that most met quality criteria but one supplement failed to break apart within the expected amount of time in solution.
"Our report on zinc supplements and lozenges can help guide consumers to products that are properly made and deliver the correct dosage for specific uses," said Dr. Cooperman. He cautioned that people should avoid taking too much zinc over long periods of time, as it can have adverse effects, including reduced copper absorption and immune suppression.
ConsumerLab.com's Review of Zinc Supplements and Lozenges, is available online at https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/Zinc-Supplements-Lozenges-Review/zinc/
. Products covered in the new report are Cold-Eeze, CVS Pharmacy Zinc, Finest Nutrition [Walgreens] Zinc, Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Zinc, Mason Natural Zinc, Nature Made Zinc, Nature's Bounty Chelated Zinc, Nature's Plus Animal Parade Kid Zinc, Nature's Way Zinc, New Chapter Zinc Food Complex, Puritan's Pride Chelated Zinc, Solgar Zinc Picolinate, Source Naturals OptiZinc, Swanson Zinc, Trace Minerals Research Ionic Zinc, TwinLab Zinc Caps, Up & Up [Target] Zinc, Vitamin World Chelated Zinc, Xymogen Zinc Glycinate, and Zand Lemon Zinc Herbalozenge. The report also includes extensive information about how to buy and use zinc supplements and lozenges and about potential side effects.
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