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Zinc is a mineral that stimulates the activity of approximately 100 enzymes, which are substances that promote biochemical reactions in your body. These reactions are essential for the formation of superoxide dismutase, one of the body’s most important free radical scavengers. Zinc also promotes immune function,112-115 taste sensitivity,116-119 protein and DNA synthesis,120-122 insulin production,123,124 reproductive organ development and sperm motility.125-127 Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence.128-130
Age-related declines in immune function are associated with zinc deficiency, and the elderly represent a group that is vulnerable to mild zinc deficiency. Certain aspects of immune function in the elderly have been found to improve with zinc supplementation.112-114,116,131
Zinc lozenges with Vitamin C can provide immune support during the winter season.135-140 These lozenges are sweetened with sucrose and mannitol and have a natural orange flavor.
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