This year, it seems like a lot of people have some sort of illness that we just can’t shake.

Most of the symptoms are similar to a cold. It just makes us a little uncomfortable. We try different over the counter medications. We all know that there is no cure for the common cold, so you just have to suffer through it.

Scientists have found, through a new expert review and almost 30 years of research, that zinc supplements may ease some of the symptoms, and might even prevent the viral infections completely. Zinc is a mineral that you get naturally in meats, seeds, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. It seemed to help prevent colds. During the research, people who took zinc syrup or lozenges every day for at least five months decreased their chances of developing a cold.

Some of the possible risks and side effects of zinc supplements may cause nausea and a bad taste in your mouth. According to the director of integrative medicine at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, David Rakel, MD, he stated that “zinc supplements can interfere with the body's uptake of other key minerals such as copper and calcium”. He also said that “we know it is an important mineral for immune function and that it can inhibit the replication of some viruses.”

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In all honesty, it might not be a bad thing to try. Just follow the directions and take accordingly, and maybe check with your doctor.