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Busting “Natural” Cold Remedy Claims: Artificial Sweeteners are NOT Natural

Posted Mar 01 2012 12:00am
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This winter, cold season has lasted a long time.  I’ve had one lingering for a couple of weeks. I’ve actually given up on natural remedies. I don’t mean that I am taking otc cold remedies full of preservatives and artificial ingredients. I’m just tired of taking tinctures, drinking tea, and sucking on lozenges.

Cold-EEZE uses homeopathy and natural ingredients that “shortens your cold, works fast”.  We were sent two products to try:

INDICATIONS: Cold-Eeze Honey Lemon Cold Drop Lozenges used to reduce the duration and severity of the common cold. Quigley Cold-Eeze Sugar Free All Natural Honey Lemon Cold Drop Lozenges No artificial colors or preservatives. Zinc. Gluconate. Glycine. Take at the first sign of a cold. Clinically proven to reduce the duration of the common cold. No. 1 pharmacist recommended Zinc remedy. Get better faster. Clinically proven Cold-Eeze with ZIGG. Effectiveness: Cold-Eeze, the original great tasting cold drop, proven to be safe and effective in reducing the duration and severity of the common cold in two double blind clinical studies. Cold-Eeze Cold Remedy Lozenges used to reduce the duration and severity of the common cold. Symptoms could include one or more of the following: cough. sore throat. stuffy nose. sneezing. post-nasal drip. and/or hoarseness.

The new Cold-EEZE® Cold Remedy Oral Spray is formulated with zinc gluconate, the same effective active ingredient found in the best-selling, clinically proven and #1 pharmacist recommended Cold-EEZE®lozenges. The effective proprietary formula reduces the duration of the common cold.

The throat spray contains sucralose , which is a synthetic sweetener. The throat spray does not claim to be natural.  The lozenges, which do claim to be “all natural” are sweetened with Aesulfame-K, an artificial sweetener.   Holistic Med reports:

Would I buy this product?  No.  Cold-EEZE may be clinically-proven to help colds, but I avoid artificial sweeteners.

Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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