||The Common Cold Treatment / Sore
Zinc gluconate lozenges are shown to shorten the duration of the
cold symptoms in several clinical studies as well as helping with sore throat.
show that low levels of this essential mineral can make the acne
condition worst. Clinical studies support using zinc to help
clear up acne problems.
Infection / Genital Herpes
zinc cream seems to lessen the severity and shorten the duration of
genital herpes infection. The results seem to be better when this
mineral is combined with a cream containing lysine.
Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Population studies seem to show that taking this mineral can lower the
risk of getting AMD.
clinical studies show that taking this mineral along with vitamin C (500
mg), beta-carotene (15 mg) and vitamin E (400 IU) reduces the risk of
vision loss and slows down the disease.
However, not all studies reported this benefit.
mineral is able to boost the immune system. It does this by pushing the
thymus gland to work better in making hormones that boost the
production of white blood cells.
(Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia / BPH)
mineral plays an important role in keeping the prostate gland healthy.
Some preliminary studies suggest that taking zinc helps to reduce the
symptoms of BPH.
Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Combining this mineral with standard prescription drugs seems to help
reduce the symptoms
of ADHD. Some researchers found that children suffering from ADHD had a
lower blood level of zinc.
Experts suggest that it may be more
effective in children who were initially low in this mineral, that have
a high body mass index (BMI) or who are low in essential fatty acids
Anxiety and Stress
Low blood levels of zinc has beeen linked to increased risk of developing anxiety disorder.
studies done show that using a mouthwash or toothpaste that contain
this essential mineral can prevent gingivitis and stop plaque from
forming on the teeth.
healing (in burn patients)
A small study done in children showed that taking this mineral along
with vitamin C and vitamin E
helps wounds to heal faster.
clinical studies seems to show that taking this essential mineral
increase and improve the quality of the sperm.
See Zinc for Fertility for the research studies behind this particular benefit.
There is some preliminary evidence that patients suffering from lung cancer may have lower blood levels of zinc than the average population.
And since zinc is involved in regulating the immune system, some experts believe that supplemention may be of benefit in lung cancer.
In one study, lung cancer patients given zinc show better immune function.
Some small studies seem to show that this mineral can modestly give
pain relief to those suffering from RA.
researchers suspect that those with deficiency in this mineral might
benefit more than those people who have normal levels of zinc.
studies suggest that higher levels of this mineral might slow down the
progression of AD. Unfortunately, other studies seem to suggest that
higher levels of this mineral
may also worsen AD.
Until more research is done, avoid taking excessive amount and keep the
dosage at the levels recommended by experts.
Cold Sores (Herpes Labialis)
Lab studies appeared to show that zinc inhibits viral multiplication. Topical zinc sulfate seemed to reduce the frequency of outbreaks.
Lab studies show that this mineral can slow down the growth of prostate
||Aphrodisiac / Enhancing
Studies show that zinc deficiency reduces blood levels of testosterone,
thus possibly lower libido.
small study showed that taking this mineral can help in fighting off
yeast infections. However, another study was not able to verify this benefit.
studies done to see if taking this essential mineral helped with hair
conflicting results. Some studies show it helped and other showed it
Some experts believe that zinc may be helpful in lower cholesterol levels.
Studies will need to be conducted to verify this benefit.
(Ringing in the Ear) - Probably Not Effective
experts suggest that low levels of this mineral may cause tinnitus in
some people. The cochlea (nerve endings in the inner ear used for
hearing) is high in zinc.
However, clinical studies conducted don't seem to support this claim.
(Atopic dermatitis) - Probably
seems to be no difference in blood levels of this mineral in those
people with or without eczema. Studies with subjects taking this
mineral didn't show any improvement in their eczema condition.
- Probably Not Effective
Several studies show that taking this mineral as a supplement had no
effect on psoriasis.
|Prevention of the Common Cold
- Probably Not Effective
Studies done showed that the zinc lozenges are unable to
prevent you from catching the cold virus.