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Do zinc supplements help with immune function?

In healthy adults, routinely adding supplemental zinc beyond the amounts in the food supply has few, if any, long-term benefits for immunity. One study of healthy children ages 7 to 13 found that eating breakfast cereal fortified with 25 mg of zinc per 100 gram serving had no influence on immune function. This is four times the recommended dietary allowance for 9-to-13-year-olds.  

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