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Zinc Supplements May Cut How Long Respiratory Infections Last


“A new review of 28 studies involving almost 5,500 people has found that taking supplemental zinc by mouth or as a nasal spray could ward off infection and may make people feel better more quickly.” [Source:]


Zinc, an essential mineral in the body, is necessary for the proper functioning of well over 300 different enzymes. A deficiency of this micronutrient can lead to growth disorders, skin diseases, and an increased susceptibility to infections.

In this latest study, published in the BMJ Open journal, researchers found that taking zinc was a viable natural means of treating respiratory tract infections. Their work builds on previous studies demonstrating the benefits of zinc in preventing and controlling a wide variety of common health problems.

In recent years, it has been shown that higher zinc levels may decrease inflammation in HIV-positive people. Studies have also found that zinc could help treat urinary tract infections, halt the growth of esophageal cancer cells, as well as prevent and manage diabetes. Researchers examining the role of zinc in COVID-19 have shown that lower levels are associated with an increased risk of death and that administering it to patients could help their recovery.

To learn how, in order to achieve optimum enhancement of the immune system, a complete spectrum of micronutrients are needed, read this article on our website.