You really can cure the common cold

February 25, 2012
Volume 3    |   Issue 12

The experts say we’re coming to the end of cold season. But you and I both know you can get a cold just about any time of year. So you’ve got to be prepared to fight a cold year-round. Well, I’ve got some great news for you. You can take one simple step now to cure the next cold before it really gets miserable. All you have to do is buy the right type of zinc lozenge.

Now, you’ve probably heard the old wives' tales about sucking on a zinc lozenge to cure your cold. And most of us have tried. Sometimes it works. Most of the time, the results are disappointing. Well, my good friend Frank Shallenberger, MD has figured out why they don’t work so often — and how to make sure they work next time.

In his February 2012 issue of Real Cures newsletter (if you’re not a subscriber, you’re really missing out on some dynamite health information), Dr. Shallenberger says he’s discovered the only zinc lozenge that really works 100% of the time. Unfortunately, that lozenge — made out of zinc acetate — isn’t available. But another study says lozenges made out of zinc gluconate are almost as effective as the acetate form — and they’re readily available.

Amazingly, the study Dr. Shallenberger quotes says the other forms of zinc were completely ineffective. These include citrate, glycinate, tartrate, and any lozenges containing palm kernel and cotton seed oils.

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This new study looked at the results of several previously published studies. The researchers found that not only does the form of zinc you use matter, but so does the dose. So you could use zinc gluconate lozenges, but still not see the results you want.

So how much zinc gluconate do you need to take in order to cure the common cold? Studies done back in the 1980s said you needed to use a whopping 23 mg of zinc per lozenge. That’s a lot.

But to really see results, you need to take several of these lozenges every day once the cold symptoms start. If you do, it can cut the duration of your cold by seven days. That’s basically a cure! You can take too much zinc. But taking a high dose like this for only a few days is not a problem. Just don’t take this high dose for more than a week.

Unfortunately, most of the zinc lozenge brands on the market today are a waste of money. Even the gluconate lozenges may be ineffective because they contain more glycinate than gluconate. And, remember, glycinate is ineffective. So which brand should you buy?

The only brand I know of is the one Dr. Shallenberger recommends — Thera Zinc Echinacea Lozenges. You’ll notice from the name that the lozenges also contain echinacea and other proven cold remedies. But the zinc gluconate is the key ingredient. To get enough to cure your cold, though, you’ll need to take six lozenges per day — one every two to three hours. You can order Thera Zinc Echinacea Lozenges from Quantum Health at 800-448-1448, or online at

Your insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

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.


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