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Zinc helps prevent pneumonia in the elderly

Posted Aug 20 2010 12:13am
Posted by Neill Abayon

A new report published in theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that zinc plays a very important role in health maintenance. In a study of over 600 seniors from 33 different nursing homes in the Boston area, researchers found that seniors with healthy blood levels of zinc are 50 percent less likely to develop pneumonia than those with sub-par levels.

The study was a follow-up to a previous one which found that people given 200 international units (IU) of vitamin E every day for one year are 20 percent less likely to develop upper respiratory infections , including common colds. But after a follow-up, the trial also revealed that a majority of those same participants had low levels of zinc in their blood .

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