Monday, March 14, 2011

Sufficient Zinc Intake Eases Pneumonia in Elderly

The elderly are more susceptible to pneumonia than younger people. A new study by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that sufficient zinc intake helps alleviate pneumonia in the elderly.

Dietary zinc is a widely used essential mineral that is commonly found in a wide range of foods, over-the-counter health products and supplements. There’s a large body of scientific evidence which suggests that consuming the adequate amount of zinc daily helps supports the human body’s natural immune function.

A stroll through your local pharmacy will no doubt turn up dozens of various zinc-fortified items, such as throat lozenges and other general cold and flu remedies. Its popularity as an additive stems from the fact that zinc is believed to be a necessary catalyst for more than 100 enzymes produced by the body. Without access to these enzymes the immune system is unable to function at full strength. Read more

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