Zinc supplements can triple the survival chances of young children with pneumonia who are deficient in the mineral, a study has found.
zinc had a dramatic effect on death rates - even though it did not
shorten the time severely ill children took to recover. The
metal is found in shellfish, meat, egg yolks and seeds and supports a
wide range of functions in the body and is vital to the immune system.
However, many people are deficient in the mineral, both in rich and poor countries. The new research, involving young children aged six months to five years, was conducted in Uganda where zinc deficiency is rife. Scientists studied 352 children with severe pneumonia who were all being treated with antibiotics.
Source - Daily Mail