Researchers from the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, enrolled 42,546 children living in Pemba, Zanzibar, Africa, aged one to 36 months. Doctors randomly gave a placebo or 10 mg of zinc per day to children at least 12 months old, and a placebo or 5 mg of zinc per day to children younger than 12 months, along with age-adjusted amounts of iron and folic acid for all participants, for an average of 485 days.
Researchers found that children at least 12 months old who had taken zinc were 18% less likely to have died from any cause compared to children who had not taken zinc.
The Lancet: 2007; Vol. 369, No. 9565, 927-34.
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