Zinc reduced respiratory infections in kids by half

Zinc is an essential mineral for healthy development and immunity. In this study, 192 children who were low in zinc and other nutrients took 10 mg of zinc gluconate per day or a placebo for 60 days.

Doctors followed the children for four more months, keeping track of respiratory infections. Compared to children in the placebo group, kids who took zinc were less than half as likely to have acute or severe lower respiratory infections.

The children who took zinc also had more healthy days without infection, and recovered from infection far faster than kids who had taken the placebo. 

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