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What is zinc?

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Zinc is an essential mineral that's found in almost every cell, and it helps your body resist infection. It also plays an important part in tissue repair. And it may lower the ability of cold viruses to grow on or bind to the lining of your nose.

SOURCES:

Singh, M.  , 2011. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Zinc."

American Family Physicians: "Treatment of the Common Cold."

Scientific American : "No proof zinc lozenges help cold symptoms."

US Pharmacist: "Zinc and the Common Cold: What Pharmacists Need to Know."

Medscape: "Efficacy of Zinc Lozenges Against Common Cold Viruses."

Oregon State University, Micronutrient Information Center: "Zinc."

Caruso, T.  , Sept. 1, 2007. Clinical Infectious Diseases

Rao, G., Rowland, K. . 2011 Zinc for the common cold—not if, but when

Kurugöl, Z.  , October 2006. Acta Paediatrica

Wang L May 2017 , Efficacy of zinc given as an adjunct to the treatment of severe pneumonia: A meta-analysis of randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled trials.

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 22, 2017

SOURCES:

Singh, M.  , 2011. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements: "Zinc."

American Family Physicians: "Treatment of the Common Cold."

Scientific American : "No proof zinc lozenges help cold symptoms."

US Pharmacist: "Zinc and the Common Cold: What Pharmacists Need to Know."

Medscape: "Efficacy of Zinc Lozenges Against Common Cold Viruses."

Oregon State University, Micronutrient Information Center: "Zinc."

Caruso, T.  , Sept. 1, 2007. Clinical Infectious Diseases

Rao, G., Rowland, K. . 2011 Zinc for the common cold—not if, but when

Kurugöl, Z.  , October 2006. Acta Paediatrica

Wang L May 2017 , Efficacy of zinc given as an adjunct to the treatment of severe pneumonia: A meta-analysis of randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled trials.

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 22, 2017

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