New Study Shows Zinc Effective in Preventing and Treating Seasonal Illness

Foods High in Zinc as salmon, seafood-shrimps, beef, yellow cheese, spinach, mushrooms, cocoa, pumpkin seeds, garlic, bean and almonds. Top viewMany keep zinc supplements close by when cold and flu season hits. A new study suggests that’s likely a good idea.

New research out of Australia shows taking a zinc supplement can be an effective measure for maintaining and improving a robust immune system.


Zinc has long been recognized as a potential boon for immune strength and function. It’s associated with a stronger immune system, less inflammation, protection from tissue injury, healthier blood pressure, and more.

The research looked at data featuring more than 5,400 adults living in England and China. They found that people who took zinc lozenges, nasal sprays, or gels were healthier during this period.

If you’re looking for a bit of an immune boost this season, zinc supplementation may be helpful. Of course, you can get plenty of it from a healthy balanced diet, but it does not appear that supplementation hurts.

The general recommendation for zinc supplements is 25 milligrams (mg) per day. The 25 mg may be most useful as an immune-boosting measure.

To boost dietary zinc, consider including foods like red meat, shellfish, seeds, dairy, eggs, and whole grains in your diet.

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About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.