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Can I use Zinc to help treat or prevent coronavirus?

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Zinc is important to a healthy immune system. It’s a mineral that’s been touted to help fight colds and upper respiratory infections. Taking zinc within 24 hours of the first signs of a cold can shorten the duration of a cold. It can also help make symptoms less severe. Zinc helps fight infections by boosting the production of antibodies against infections.

Consequently, a deficiency of zinc can increase your risk of infections. In past studies, the WHO reported that zinc deficiency may be responsible for 13% of all lower respiratory tract infections, most often pneumonia and flu, in children younger than 5 years.

Zinc deficiency is common in the elderly, who are most likely to be severely affected by coronavirus. Researchers think that zinc deficiency may be one of the reasons seniors are more susceptible to infections. No doubt that adequate zinc is essential for seniors because of the consequences of even mild zinc deficiency on the immune system.

If you’re taking care of a senior, or thinking about supplements to help during this outbreak, talk to your doctor first about which supplements you may need. Don’t ignore it.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on March 25, 2020
Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on March 25, 2020

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