The Real Truth About Zinc
You know that feeling of waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of your little one sniffling and coughing? You immediately recognize the signs of their misery, they have yet another cold. One-third of all common colds are caused by the highly infectious rhinovirus. The high incidence rates of colds in the fall and winter months is in part due to our very own immune systems. The cold weather causes our immune systems to become rather sluggish, slowing down its response time to fend off foreign invaders such as the cold virus.
There are 1-4 days between being transmitted a cold virus and developing symptoms. The virus is highly infectious during this time. When school-age kids get infected, especially in the fall and winter months, it can spread rapidly. Classroom windows are closed due to the cold which reduces fresh air flow. Dozens of kids are in close proximity to one another. Poor hand hygiene. All these things combined make each classroom like a giant petri dish.
So, now your child is home with a cold and you are feeling awful. What can you do to just make them feel better? Well if you are like millions of other parents taking care of a sick child you’ll seek out something to quickly get rid of their symptoms. Did you know people in the U.S. spend over $3.6 billion dollars a year on over-the-counter cold medicine? That’s not even including the millions spent on antibiotics (which don’t work on viruses) and doctors visits!
Unfortunately, there is no cure for the common cold, and many of these over-the-counter cold and cough medicines may end up doing your child more harm than good.
Let’s take a closer look at zinc. Zinc is used in many popular over-the-counter cold medicines like Airborne and Emergen-C. Zinc is a heavy metal that is also a naturally occurring mineral in the body. It plays an important role in our bodies by contributing to healthy immune function, supporting our natural healing processes, and helping to regulate metabolism.
Zinc is also an essential trace mineral. This is because zinc is critical to our overall health and well-being but only in ‘trace’ amounts (usually less than 40 mg). Other essential trace minerals include chromium, selenium, and iodine.
The majority of people in the U.S. get plenty of zinc in their diets. There are many foods that we eat on a daily basis that provide us with the recommended dietary allowance of zinc. Foods that are rich in zinc include the following:
- Dairy products
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Red Meat
- Cheddar Cheese
- Chia Seeds
- Wheat Germ
The Dangers of Too Much Zinc
According to the National Institutes of Health the recommended dietary allowance of zinc is 9-11 mg for adults and 2-9 mg for children. Too much zinc (greater than 40 mg) can have some very unpleasant side-effects. The most common side-effects of zinc are nausea, abdominal cramps, and vomiting. Other more serious side-effects that have been reported include loss of smell, anemia, copper deficiency, chest pain, shortness of breath, and fainting. Unfortunately, old research studies are still being used to promote the benefits of zinc to shorten the duration of colds. It’s a common ingredient found in many over-the-counter cough syrups, nasal sprays and throat lozenges.
Taking zinc with certain prescription drugs or vitamin supplements may result in minor to severe interactions. Zinc has been reported to reduce the absorption rate and efficacy of some drugs. It’s important to let your children’s medical provider know if they are taking any over-the-counter medications or supplements containing zinc so that they can weigh the benefits and risks.
In 2009, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) received over 100 complaints from consumers that lost their sense of smell after using zinc-containing nasal sprays. The FDA advised consumers to avoid using nasal sprays containing zinc. The manufacturer of Zicam (zinc-containing nasal spray) briefly pulled their product from store shelves but then after they claimed to find no link between Zicam and the consumer claims–even after this 2009 study was published which provides evidence of a link between the zinc-containing nasal spray and nasal tissue damage—Zicam was put back on the market.
Instead of taking a risk and using products containing zinc to lessen the duration and severity of your child’s cold, why not use something that’s been proven time and time again to be very safe and effective?
Cold-Fix is a great homeopathic alternative to zinc-containing over-the-counter cold products. Cold-Fix contains the antibodies to human gamma interferon, shortening the duration and severity of cold and flu-like symptoms. It has been trusted by parents for over 20 years in Europe and Asia!
What Are the Benefits of Cold-Fix?
· In 2007, an FDA panel advised parents not to give over-the-counter cold medicine to children under the age of 6. Well, that same government agency, the FDA, has found Cold-Fix (children’s formula) safe for babies as young as 6 months of age!
· Cold-Fix is a non-drowsy formula.
· Cold-Fix has been reported to help strengthen the immune system, decreasing the likelihood of catching cold or flu viruses in the future.
· Cold-Fix does not interact with prescription or over-the-counter medications.
· Cold-Fix relieves cough, nasal congestion, and fever.
· Cold-Fix shortens the duration of the cold virus.
Back to School
With the school year getting underway, before the dreaded cold and flu season hits, stock up and be ahead of the game with Cold-Fix. As soon as you hear your little one sniffle or maybe you feel yourself getting body aches or chills, start taking Cold-Fix immediately! The faster you take it, at the very first signs of a cold, the more effective it will be at fighting it.
With your family’s health and well-being your #1 priority, in addition to being prepared for battle with Cold-Fix, the most effective thing you can do to prevent catching a cold doesn’t cost a thing and is extremely effective at preventing the spread of illness: washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water. The CDC recommends singing “Happy Birthday” from beginning to end—which is an excellent way to teach kids of all ages to learn good hand hygiene!