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Zinc Supplements may Help Relieve Common Cold Symptoms in Adults

by Kathy Jones on  May 8, 2012 at 7:53 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
Taking zinc supplements could help reduce period of suffering due to common cold in adults but the same effect was not found in children, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
 Zinc Supplements may Help Relieve Common Cold Symptoms in Adults
Zinc Supplements may Help Relieve Common Cold Symptoms in Adults
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Researchers led by Dr Michelle Science from Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto analyzed more than 2,100 people between 1 and 65 years of age and found that using zinc supplements cut down the period of sickness among adults with common cold by almost two days.

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However they did not lessen the severity of the symptoms or had any effect on children while nausea or bad taste was a common complaint among those who took the supplements. "Although oral zinc can impact the duration of [the] common cold in adults, there is not enough evidence to recommend its use in children, and only a weak rationale for its use in adults", Dr Science said.

Source: Medindia
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