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Take Zinc and Echinacea

Zinc is a mineral needed for immune function, wound healing and blood clotting. In a recent study from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, researchers concluded that adults who take zinc recover more quickly from a cold. Nakayama recommends a 60-milligram zinc tablet in the morning on an empty stomach. Zinc is found naturally in seeds, including sesame and pumpkin. Echinacea is an herb that can be taken as a tablet or consumed as juice or tea. "Several studies show that adults using Echinacea at the first sign of a cold have shorter and less severe illnesses," says Davtyan. So take it when you first feel a cold coming on, but don't bother before because it doesn't help prevent illness. Echinacea formulas differ so follow package directions for recommended dosage.

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