Many 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.