Research supports zinc for colds

17 Feb 2011 4:45 PM - Cochrane Collaboration releases new research

Naturopaths have embraced the use of zinc (among other nutrients and herbs) for the treatment of the common cold for many, many years. 

It has been well established that zinc is one of the nutrients required for a healthy, functioning immune system and we will typically look for signs of zinc deficiency as part of a naturopathic consultation whenever the immune system is implicated. 

recent meta-analysis (i.e. a study which looks at the results of a whole bunch of relevant studies in combination) has been published by the highly regarded Cochrane Collaboration.  It states that supplementation with zinc can help shorten the duration of the common cold and preventative use can reduce the frequency of colds.  This is something naturopaths and integrative medical practitioners have believed for years. 

If you suffer from frequent colds or other infections, consider having your zinc status assessed.  If it is considered to be low you can improve it through diet (meat, poultry, seafood, some nuts and seeds) or supplementation in a form, dosage and combination of nutrients or herbs relevant to your needs. 

In good health,


Kaye Wright