You've probably heard all your life that a virus causes all those nasty symptoms you associate with the common cold. But did you know that the virus isn't really responsible for that runny nose, sore throat, and cough? It's true. And once you hear what does cause those symptoms, you'll find treating the common cold a whole lot easier.
Many years ago, a research team led by Carnegie Mellon University's Sheldon Cohen found that common cold symptoms are not caused by the virus. They discovered that the symptoms are actually a "side effect" of the inflammatory response.
As you may know, inflammation is the body's response to an infection. With the common cold, the body attacks the cold virus. If it's not able to fight it effectively, the inflammatory response grows. The greater the amount of inflammation, the more likely you are to experience cold symptoms. That's why you might feel a cold coming on at times, only to feel it go away – your body doesn't need as much inflammation to fight the virus.
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This was a huge discovery, as it gives us a couple of different ways to fight the cold. First, prevention is vital. Keep your immune system strong with a healthful diet and the right supplements. Second, if you should start to develop cold symptoms, you now know how to fight it. Start by boosting your immune system with vitamin C and other known immune boosters. Then go after the inflammation. An interesting study out of Ohio State University shows you why a popular cold remedy can work so effectively.
This study showed how zinc helps control the common cold virus – and many other infections. The researchers found that the zinc can reduce the body's inflammatory response just enough. It doesn't reduce it so much that it hinders the body's ability to heal. But it does reduce it enough reduce the nasty symptoms.
How does zinc do this? The researchers said that a specific protein ushers zinc into certain cells. These cells are able to stimulate the immune system and fight the infection. Once it gets into the cell, the zinc actually interacts with a process within these cells that neutralize the virus.
But without the zinc, these cells are not able to properly fight the infection. In order to fight the virus, your defense system has to work even harder. When it works harder, inflammation grows and problems multiply. With the common cold, the problems are those nasty symptoms we all hate so much.
Zinc is like the fuel your cells need to effectively fight the virus. But zinc helps your immune system fight a lot more than the common cold. It plays a role in fighting all bacterial and viral infections. However, with other infections, the problems caused by a zinc deficiency can be much worse than just a runny nose and sore throat.
So it's vital you take enough zinc (15 mg daily) year-round. But don't just take any zinc to fight the common cold. Zinc acetate is by far the most effective cold-fighting zinc on the market. And there's only one place to get these zinc acetate lozenges – it's from Advanced Bionutritionals. You can order their Advanced Zinc Lozenges by following this link.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.