Moi received complimentary Cold-Eeze throat lozenges and oral spray. About five days ago, the winter in Seattle turned very cold with temperatures hovering around freezing during the day and dipping below freezing during the evening. Moi started getting the sniffles and decided to use the Cold-Eeze products. The Cold-Eeze site provided the following information:
Cold-EEZE Shortens the Duration of Your Cold
Cold-EEZE® Cold Remedy lozenges have been clinically proven to shorten the duration of the common cold by nearly half. The efficacy of our best selling lozenges is backed by double blind placebo controlled studies conducted at both the prestigious Cleveland Clinic and Dartmouth College.
How Cold-EEZE® Works
Cold-EEZE® is a homeopathic cold remedy made with a unique zinc gluconate formula. Perhaps you’ve heard about zinc gluconate in the health section of your newspaper or seen it on lists of common cold tips on the Internet. Zinc is a micronutrient that’s essential to human health. In a well-formulated cold remedy, zinc gluconate facilitates the effective release of zinc ions which can shorten a cold.
Scientific theory suggests that once a person has been exposed to a cold virus, the virus attaches to receptors in the upper respiratory system and replicates. It’s further believed that zinc ions released into the throat compete for these same receptors and thereby prevent the cold virus from reproducing. The virus dies off faster and the cold ends sooner.
Zinc gluconate is the active ingredient in Cold-EEZE®, the #1 pharmacist recommended zinc cold remedy and the best-selling zinc lozenge. Unlike some other zinc remedies, the Cold-EEZE® unique zinc gluconate formula does not contain additives that might interfere with the release of zinc ions. Cold-EEZE® zinc gluconate cold remedy is free of artificial colors or preservatives.
There are several studies listed at the site:
Proven to Work: Cold-EEZE® in Clinical Studies and Related Scientific Studies
You don’t have to take our word for it! Cold-EEZE® is backed by published, peer-reviewed clinical studies that show the powerful and safe effects of its unique formula.
Zinc Gluconate and the Common Cold: a Controlled Clinical Study Zinc Gluconate Lozenges for Treating the Common Cold
The active ingredient listed on the package is Zincum Gluconicom. Brent A. Bauer, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic writes in the article, Zinc for colds: The final word?
Most colds are caused by a type of virus called rhinovirus, which thrives and multiplies in the nasal passages and throat (upper respiratory system). Zinc may work by preventing the rhinovirus from multiplying. It may also stop the rhinovirus from lodging in the mucous membranes of the throat and nose. Zinc may be more effective when taken in lozenge or syrup form, which allows the substance to stay in the throat and come in contact with the rhinovirus.
But the recent analysis stopped short of recommending zinc. None of the studies analyzed had enough participants to meet a high standard of proof. Also, the studies used different zinc dosages and preparations (lozenges or syrup) for different lengths of time. As a result, it’s not clear what the effective dose and treatment schedule would be.
Zinc — especially in lozenge form — also has side effects, including nausea or a bad taste in the mouth. Many people who used zinc nasal sprays suffered permanent loss of smell. Large amounts of zinc may be toxic. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/zinc-for-colds/AN02148
See, Zinc for Colds: Lozenges & Nasal Sprays http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/zinc-lozenges-cold-remedy
Moi used the lozenges for four days and used about four per day. The taste was OK, but then moi was used to sweet throat lozenges without zinc which are sold over the counter at drug stores. Although, the literature says there could be side effects like stomach upset, moi did not experience any side effects. The bottom line is that moi’s sniffles did not proceed to a full blown cold and the weather in Seattle is still hovering around freezing with freezing fog.
Cold-Eeze gets a thumbs up and moi would definitely buy it.
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