Vitamin C, zinc and pine bark prove to be a powerful combination for fighting colds

RunnyNoseA combination supplement containing vitamin C, zinc and an extract from French Maritime Pine bark is effective in shortening the duration of the common cold. So says a small study of  269 patients carried out by Italian researchers and reported in the journal Otorinolaringologia.

In addition, it appears this combination of nutrients also lessens the symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, high temperature and cough.

Taking the combination supplement was associated with 3.1 days with perceived cold and a runny nose, compared with an average 4.1 days in the control groups.

“The results of the study demonstrate the effects of a supplement plan… to reduce the symptoms and severity of the common cold,” said Dr. Gianni Belcaro, lead researcher of the study.

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