The major benefits of zinc consumption, is to maintain a fully functional immune system. Zinc helps to protect the body against colds, flu, conjunctivitis and other infections.
In an American study of 100 people in the initial stages of a cold, those who sucked zinc lozenges every couple of hours recovered from their illness about three days earlier than those who sucked placebo lozenges. Zinc lozenges may also speed the healing of mouth ulcers and sore throats. Taken as a dietary supplement, zinc may support the body's natural defence and repair systems in treating more serious illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome and possibly multiple sclerosis, as well as other conditions, such as AIDS, which are associated with an impaired immune system.
Vitamin C can help to lessen the symptoms of colds and may also shorten their duration. Studies have shown that taking 1000 to 6000mg a day at the onset of cold symptoms reduces the cold's duration by 21% - about one day. Other vitamin C related research, indicates that it helps elderly individuals to fight severe respiratory infections and acts as a natural antihistamine.
Bee propolis comes from resins collected from trees and plants by bees. The resin collected is then combined with wax to make bee propolis. The bees use the sticky propolis to seal the hive and to create a sterile environment, free from microbes and other invaders. Medicinally, bee propolis has been used for centuries. During the Greek and Roman times, bee propolis was used for wound healing. Throughout the first and second world war, propolis was used in first aid to reduce wound infection and to speed up the healing process. These days bee propolis is used in dental care, skin care, digestive health and immune support, making it highly beneficial to the body.