Finding the Right Zinc Cold Remedy
So you’ve heard the good news about zinc and colds, and you’re trying to find the best zinc cold remedy. How can you choose among the several available zinc cold products? You’ll want to choose your product carefully, since the medical research on how to shorten a cold with zinc indicates that results vary depending on the particular zinc cold remedy used.
What to Look for in a Zinc Cold Remedy
Zinc is often recommended on lists of common cold tips, but which particular zinc cold remedy should you use? When you look at the main factors in choosing a remedy, it’s clear why Cold-EEZE® Cold Remedy is the best-selling zinc cold lozenge:
- The zinc formula. Cold-EEZE® Cold Remedy is made with zinc gluconate. What is zinc gluconate? It’s a naturally occurring compound that, when taken in the right formulation, effectively releases zinc ions to be absorbed into the upper respiratory system, where they interfere with the cold virus’ ability to reproduce. Unlike some types of zinc cold remedy, Cold-EEZE® does not use any additives that can block the release of zinc ions. This is a key point. As a recent continuing education activity in Pharmacy Times pointed out, many zinc cold remedy makers use “chelating and flavoring agents, which may reduce the availability of ionic zinc and thus the efficacy of the product.” *
- Clinically proven effectiveness. The unique zinc gluconate formula used in Cold-EEZE® Cold Remedy lozenges has proven powerfully effective in careful clinical studies. In double-blind, placebo-controlled studies at the Cleveland Clinic and Dartmouth College, patients taking the zinc gluconate formula used in Cold-EEZE® recovered from their colds three to four days faster than their placebo-taking counterparts. The Cold-EEZE® formula cut patients’ colds by almost half.*
- Safety. Cold-EEZE® zinc cold remedy is safe to take with most other medications including cold symptom relievers. You can use pharmaceutical or homeopathic cold remedies that ease your symptoms and at the same time take Cold-EEZE® so that your cold is over faster.
- Pharmacists’ recommendations. When you’re deciding how to remedy a cold, it’s helpful to know the professional judgment of pharmacists. In a national survey conducted by Pharmacy Times, pharmacists made Cold-EEZE® their #1 recommended zinc lozenge and #1 recommended zinc cold remedy.
Take Cold-EEZE® at the Very First Signs of a Cold
For best results, start taking Cold-EEZE® zinc cold remedy as soon as you experience cold symptoms. Taken promptly and as directed, Cold-EEZE® will help you get well sooner.
Find a store near you that carries Cold-EEZE®, or stock up on Cold-EEZE® from our online store (free shipping on all orders over $25) so you’re prepared the next time you or a loved one catches a cold.
Cold-EEZE® Cold Remedy. Shorten your Cold!
Cleveland Clinic (1996) and Dartmouth College (1992) studies demonstrate that Cold-EEZE® lozenges shorten the duration of the common cold. For more information, click here.
1 Nikhil Patel, PharmD, RPh, “The Use of Zinc for Colds: What Pharmacists Need to Know,” Pharmacy Times Continuing Education, November 15, 2011.