Disclaimer: Zinc Acetate may not technically “cure” the common cold but it does stop the virus that causes the cold from replicating.
“The story behind this amazing discovery begins with a three-year-old girl who felt a cold coming on who was especially susceptible to severe colds because she was receiving immunosuppressive chemotherapy for acute T-cell leukemia. Her doctor had prescribed 50 milligram zinc gluconate tablets to help raise her zinc levels and stimulate her T-cell immune response. By chance, she was given a zinc tablet that she refused to swallow just as she was beginning to feel sick with the cold. She fell asleep with the slowly dissolving tablet still in her mouth. Hours later, she felt fine. The cold had disappeared.”
For years I’ve used “Cold-Eeze” zinc gluconate lozenges and noticed some relief but never a complete knock out of the cold. It is essentially a hard candy drop. There is also an artificially sweetened version. In my quest to find a lower sugar solution without artificial sweeteners, I researched and read about another form of zinc proven to more effective to stop or diminish the symptoms of a cold.
At the center of this research was George Eby “father of zinc for colds” and father of that little girl who didn’t get a cold.
George Eby’s early research lead to the creation of “Cold-Eeze”. This fascinating article describes that even as he was arguing with the company that makes Cold Eeze and the scientific community that his later research proved that zinc “Acetate” is most effective not Gluconate, he was oddly still receiving royalties for his earlier contribution.
Since switching to the Life Extension brand which is formulated to Eby’s most current research, the results have been noticeably remarkable. My experience is that at the first tickle or suspect sneeze, after allowing these rather huge Zinc Acetate lozenges to slowly melt in my mouth the result is I either don’t get a cold or if I do the symptoms are significantly lessened and it passes much quicker. Bottom line is I’m less snotty.