What is Zicam For-Stopping the Cold Virus and More
Zicam Cold Remedy offers an easy way to get zinc where it is needed to stop the cold virus. Zinc is an amazing natural mineral and micro-nutrient. It has many benefits to our health. Zicam can be useful for other purposes such as fighting allergies and inflammation but Zicam Cold Remedy is advertised for treating the common cold and that is what most people use it for.
There are multiple kinds of Zicam including Zicam Cold Remedy (in sprays, chews, rapid melts and more) and Zicam Allergy. Zicam Cold Remedy is the original and most common form and come in many flavors such as mint, cherry, orange, berry and more. The fruit drops in the Mixed Fruit variety are by far my favorite. They taste amazing and are better than all the other Zicam Cold Remedy varieties in my opinion.
If you don’t like the taste of medicine or have tried other forms of Zicam, trust me, the Fruit Drops are different. I was shocked at how good they taste.
How Does Zicam Work?
Zicam works because zinc can stop the replication of the common cold virus. Replication is the way viruses reproduce so Zicam basically stops the virus from spreading. This is why it is important to catch a cold very early for Zicam to work. If you have already been sick for days it might not do much. When you are just starting to feel the first signs of a cold like watery eyes or sneezing you should start taking Zicam. A cold starts in the throat and sinuses and that is where Zicam goes to work to stop it spreading and progressing.
Is Zicam Different than Other Supplements?
Yes, Zicam is unique because of the delivery method. If you take a zinc supplement it goes straight to your stomach. Zicam works because it is slowly dissolved in your mouth and the zinc can absorb straight into your mouth and throat. Cold viruses start out in our throat and sinuses. By catching the viruses in these areas early on, the zinc comes in contact with the viruses and stops them from spreading. Swallowing a pill or capsule that goes to the stomach would not work the same way as Zicam’s direct contact.
Zicam is different than typical cold medication since those only treat the symptom whereas Zicam stops the virus itself. Why treat the symptoms and be sick for a week when you could take Zicam and be better in a day?
Zicam Medicated Fruit Drops come in Mixed Fruit, Elderberry and Super Orange. Mixed Fruit have three different flavored drops in the bottle. These are lemon, orange and fruit punch (or berry) flavor drops. The lemon tastes like sweet lemonade but more interesting, the orange tastes like old-fashioned candied orange candy gummies and the berry tastes like mixed fruit punch.
Zicam Medicated Fruit Drops are also available in Elderberry flavor. These are not bad either and elderberry has many healthy properties of it’s own. To be honest the mixed fruit and orange flavors have higher reviews for taste however.
The third option is Super Orange. I am guessing these are the same as the orange drops in the Mixed Fruit mix but I have not tried them. The orange drops in the mix are great though.
Does Zicam Really Work?
Yes! I have used Zicam for many, many years and it works wonders. I would never be without it during cold season. I have tried Vitamin C, Echinecea, Emergen-C and so many other products and none of them do much for me. Zicam works 9 out of 10 times I use it and just stops the cold.
What Else is Zicam Good For?
The active ingredient in Zicam is zinc. Zinc is great for a number of health conditions but it can be inconvenient to take and less effective in other forms. I take Zicam when I want a quick, easy dose of zinc for a number of reasons. Zinc helps treat allergies by reducing the histamine response to allergens. Zinc is also a natural anti-inflammatory so it can help with bursitis, tendinitis and other inflammatory conditions. I accidentally discovered this when I realized my bursitis was better whenever I took Zicam for a cold. After some research I discovered the strong anti-inflammatory properties of zinc. I later learned that it helped my seasonal allergies as well and was amazed to learn it is a natural anti-histamine.
Does Zicam Have Side Effects?
The only common side effect of Zicam is easily avoided. Zinc can cause an upset stomach but if you eat food before you take it you should have no problem. Don’t eat a bunch of these at once. It might be tempting because the fruit drops taste like fruit candy but stick to the dosage.
High doses of zinc taken over a long period of time can inhibit absorption of other minerals by the body. Taking a high dose of Zicam (many times per day) over a long period could have the same effect.
Zicam (zinc) can interact with some prescriptions and antibiotics so ask your doctor.
The old nasal swabs that Zicam first introduced decades ago was blamed for causing a loss of smell. I did not experience that but in any case the new formula for the nasal swabs no longer contains zinc so this is not a concern. The nasal swabs with zinc were removed from the market years ago and replaced with new ingredients that are herbal only.
Can Kids Take Zicam?
Yes, there is a Zicam Kids variety (in a grape flavored chew) and kids should be fine taking a lower dose of regular Zicam I would think but of course consult with your doctor. I only take one or two per day unless I feel very sick. If you only gave kids one per day it would be a conservative dose. I am not a doctor though so this is a non-medical opinion.
How to Take Zicam
Make sure you pay attention to the directions. If you don’t take Zicam properly it may not work. I recommend you have food on your stomach when you take it to prevent any stomach upset. You should not eat or drink for 15 minutes after you take it however. You don’t want to wash it out of your mouth with food and drink. Do not have citrus within 30 minutes before or after taking Zicam to maximize effectiveness. Take Zicam every 3 or 4 hours when you feel a cold starting. For long term use for immunity and anti-inflammatory and antihistamine effects you can take less. I take one or two a day.
Which Type of Zicam Should You Take?
That is a matter of preference. You can choose a cherry or mint spray, lozenge, soft chew or my favorite fruit drops. My second favorite flavor is the orange cream rapid melt. I vastly prefer the fruit drops to other forms. They taste GOOD. I am really not kidding! I get the fruit drops in Mixed Fruit which has three flavors (red berry, orange, and lemonade). If you prefer mint, cherry or other flavors there are options for you as well.
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