25 Ways to Beat a Cold (1/25)

We can clone mammals, send a spacecraft to Mars, and invent fat-free cheesecake, but we still can't cure the common cold. We can, however, make it a bit easier on ourselves by adopting these 25 cold-coping strategies.

25 Ways to Beat a Cold: Suck on a Zinc LozengePhoto: Thinkstock

25 Ways to Beat a Cold: Suck on a Zinc Lozenge

Take a lozenge containing 6 to 13 milligrams of zinc gluconate every two waking hours (don’t chew or swallow whole). Don’t suck on more than 10 in one 24-hour period or you may get nauseated.

Why it works:

Zinc is an important mineral for the immune system. Numerous studies find that sucking on zinc lozenges at the first symptoms of a cold can reduce their severity and help you feel better faster.

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