New Study: Zinc Supplements May Boost Children’s Immune Systems

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New Study: Zinc Supplements May Boost Children’s Immune SystemsA new comprehensive review study published in the prestigious Cochrane Library found that zinc supplements may reduce infections in malnourished children.

The study investigated whether zinc supplements could help by boosting child immunity and supporting growth. It reviewed data from 80 previous studies involving over 205,000 children aged 6 months to 12 years, mostly in low- and middle-income countries.

The results found that taking zinc supplements were was associated with a lower risk of diarrhea, respiratory tract infection, and malaria. Overall, the study authors concluded that zinc supplements could benefit children as part of broader public health efforts in these countries.

It is estimated that about 30% of the world’s population is affected by zinc deficiency. Zinc deficiency is common in Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and parts of Latin America.

Zinc is an essential mineral that the human body cannot manufacture and therefore must be consumed through diet or supplements. There are many well-established health benefits of zinc including immunity, skin health, and healthy vision. This study builds upon a growing body of evidence showing that zinc benefits the immune system.

The editor-in-chief of the Cochrane Library concluded, “This comprehensive review makes a very valuable contribution to the evidence base around interventions may make an important contribution to improving Global Health.”

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1. Mayo-Wilson E, et al. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD009384. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009384.pub2.

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