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What You Need to Stay Healthy This Winter

Zinc Lozenges

 

A pack of zinc lozenges. Photo: ThinkStock.

For: Cold survival
When: While you're sick

Sync with zinc. Zinc lozenges may reduce the duration of the common cold, a new Canadian review concludes. As soon as your throat feels scratchy--often the first sign of a cold--start sucking on zinc acetate lozenges, such as Zicam ($22 for 27 lozenges, drugstore.com). This is the form of the metal most effective at fighting colds, say researchers in Finland. Aim for 75 milligrams a day, but don't go overboard. Limit yourself to one lozenge every few hours for a few days. (Regular use for 6 weeks or longer could lead to nerve damage.)

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