As the coronavirus pandemic continues, it’s easy to forget that we’re also in the midst of another national health situation — the annual cold and flu season. And it’s quite a season. Americans get more than 1 billion colds each year, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Not surprisingly, many people turn to supplements to help prevent and shorten colds. The two supplements currently atop the popularity heap are the perennial favorite, vitamin C, and the brash upstart, zinc. Before you take either, though, you should consider their effect on your mouth and your health.