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Product Review

Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Review

Find the Best Zinc Supplements and Lozenges. Have a Cold? See CL's Top Picks Among Zinc Supplements and Lozenges.

Zinc Supplements and Lozenges Reviewed by

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Do any supplements help prevent or treat a cold?

Are there supplements that can help prevent or treat cold symptoms? Learn more about zinc, probiotics, vitamin C and more.

Supplements for Colds: Zinc, Echinacea & More -- Couple with cold, sitting on couch blowing their noses

Recalls & Warnings

April 12, 2013

Zicam Advised Against Using Cold Prevention Claim In Advertising

On April 5, 2013, it was reported that the National Advertising Division (NAD) recommended that Matrixx Initiatives, maker of Zicam cold products, stop making claims in its advertising that the product can prevent colds.

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Do any supplements help for flu?

Which supplements may help prevent or reduce symptoms of colds or the flu, including vitamin D, ginseng, NAC, and elderberry.

Supplements for Flu -- women with the flu sitting on couch with tissues, thermometer, warm drink

Recalls & Warnings

December 19, 2012

Zicam Nasal Gel Recalled Due to Potential Bacterial Contamination

On December 18, 2012, Matrixx Initiatives issued a voluntary recall of a single lot of Zicam Extreme Congestion Relief nasal gel after routine testing confirmed a sample from this lot was contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia.

Recalls & Warnings

June 16, 2009

FDA Warns of Loss of Sense of Smell with Zicam Nasal Gel/Nasal Swab

On June 16, 2009, the U.S. FDA warned consumers and healthcare professionals to discontinue use of three Zicam Nasal Gel/Nasal Swab products sold over-the-counter as cold remedies because they are associated with the loss of sense of smell that may be long-lasting or permanent.

News Release

November 24, 2020

Best Zinc for Colds, Immunity, and More. ConsumerLab Selects Top Picks Among Zinc Liquids, Pills and Lozenges

White Plains, New York, November 24, 2020 — The right zinc can shorten a cold and many people are deficient in zinc. So which zinc supplements and lozenges provide the right dose and form of zinc, the best quality, and at a reasonable price?

News Release

October 19, 2017 Reveals Best Zinc Lozenges and Supplements for Shortening Colds and Correcting Deficiency

White Plains, New York, October 19, 2017 — In the U.S., mild zinc deficiency is fairly common. Zinc supplements can help to correct a deficiency, slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration, and have other benefits. Taken as a lozenge, zinc can shorten the duration of a cold.

Recalls & Warnings

August 18, 2017

FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Certain Liquid Multis, Vitamin D, and Other Supplements Due to Potential Bacterial Contamination

On August 11, 2017, the FDA advised the public not to use any liquid drug or dietary supplement products manufactured by PharmaTech LLC of Davie, Florida, and labeled by Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals, and Leader Brands, because they have the potential to be contaminated with ...

Recalls & Warnings

January 30, 2013

Maker of Cold and Flu Supplement Warned For Making Drug Claims

On January 24, 2013, the FDA and FTC jointly issued a warning letter to Flu and Cold Defense LLC, after a review of the company's website and marketing materials found statements made about the cold and flu dietary supplement GermBullet to be drug claims.

Recalls & Warnings

February 21, 2013

FDA and FTC Warn: Supplements Cannot Prevent, Treat Or Cure Cold And Flu

On February 11, 2013, the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly issued warning letters to three dietary supplement companies regarding their potential illegal marketing of products to prevent, treat or cure flu virus.