Zinc supplements contribute to the normal function of the immune system, normal fertility and reproduction, the maintenance of normal vision, normal hair skin and nails, normal cognitive function as well as having a role in the process of cell division and prostate health.
Doctors may recommend zinc supplements for people who have zinc deficiencies. Strict vegetarians, breastfeeding women, alcohol abusers and people who have a poor diet are at higher risk of zinc deficiency, as are those with certain digestive problems, such as Crohn’s disease. Zinc has become a popular treatment for the common cold. The NHS says taking zinc syrup, tablets or lozenges may be an effective treatment for colds. A 2011 Cochrane review suggests that taking zinc supplements within a day of the symptoms starting will speed up recovery and lessen the severity of symptoms.
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