New study finds a way to help get rid of your common cold faster

There's no official cure for the common cold, at least not yet anyway.

However, there may be one way to get rid of it faster -- maybe even faster than your cold remedies.

Scientists at the University of Helsinki conducted a research study testing the effect of zinc acetate pills compared to placebo pills with sick patients.

After five trials, patients on the zinc pill recovered three times as fast as those on the placebo.

Keep in mind that these patients were given a higher dose than the usual. The studies did show that it was safe to take a higher dosage in some situations.

But to be even safer, let's stick to the recommendations.

The Department of Health and Human Services suggests eight milligrams of zinc for women and eleven milligrams for men.

Either way, always check with your doctor because doctors are your best friends when it comes to your health.

If you're like pretty much everyone on this Earth who hates catching that common cold, this may be the cure for you!

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So read on to learn about 10 foods that will help you conquer your cold, and do it naturally.


When taken at the first sign of a cold, vitamin C has been proven to shorten its duration by about a day. So load up on the citrus fruits, which contain a whole lot of vitamin C. And don’t be afraid to go overboard; it’s nearly impossible to overdose on the vitamin.

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Yogurt, kefir, and other similar foods contain plenty of probiotics, which are beneficial strains of bacteria that help digestion and prevent stomach problems. But their benefits don’t end there: A recent study found that they also help lower the risk of upper respiratory tract infections.

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Garlic contains a sulfuric compound called allicin, which produces a powerful antioxidant, which is crucial in fighting a cold. It’s most potent when eaten raw, but if you don’t want to bad breath there are plenty of garlic supplements out there as well.

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Dark Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are about the healthiest foods we can put in our bodies, and kale is loaded with nutrients including vitamin K, A, and C, all of which help keep us healthy. The darker the green, the better.

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Carrots, and other orange vegetables like sweet potatoes, contain high levels of beta carotene, which is converted by our bodies into vitamin A. This vitamin is essentially in keeping us healthy and fighting colds: it helps keep our immune system strong, and keeps the mucous membranes in our nose and throat healthy.

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Oily Fish

Omega-3 fatty acids are renowned for their power to reduce inflammation in the body, which can keep your immune system from doing its job properly. Oily fish like tuna, salmon, and mackerel are very high in this good fat, and can fend off colds and more serious diseases as well.

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Fennel and Anise Seeds

Both fennel and anise seeds are natural expectorants, and also have antibacterial properties that can help to clear up congestion and ease coughing. Fennel can be eaten raw or roasted, and the seeds can be made into a tea.

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Lean Protein

Lean protein, like skinless chicken and turkey and pork loin, doesn’t just help build muscle, it also helps us build up antibodies, which help us fight infection. So ask for extra chicken in your soup!

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Oysters contain more zinc than any other food on Earth, and zinc has been proven to shorten the length of colds. So ditch the Cold-EEZE (which contains about as much zinc as three oysters) and head to your nearest oyster bar.

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Wild blueberries contain more antioxidants than any other fruit, and can be incredibly helpful in boosting immunity and keeping you healthy.

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