Chelated Zinc supplements reduced the duration of cold symptoms by an average of three days, and also reduced the severity of symptoms, including cough, headache, congestion, runny nose, sore throat, and sneezing.■ Zinc is essential for normal growth and development of reproductive organs, and normal prostate function.■ Zinc is important in wound healing, and has been proven effective in helping to speed the healing of ulcers.■ Zinc is involved in the absorption and activity of B-complex vitamins, and is a component of insulin and 25 enzymes related to digestion. All of these factors contribute to normal metabolism of carbohydrates.■ Zinc is involved in the production of proteins as well as DNA and RNA, nucleic acids which encode our genetic information. ■ Zinc is required for normal skin, bones, and hair.■ Zinc is required in respiration for the proper transfer of carbon dioxide, a waste product, in red blood cells.■ Zinc is necessary for normal appetite and the ability to taste accurately.■ Because the best food sources of zinc are meat and seafood, vegetarian or low-meat diets may provide less than the 12.5 mg of zinc required daily for optimal health. ■ Chelated for improved absorption. In our unique chelation process, zinc is reacted with the amino acid methionine, a process proven to improve zinc absorption in the body. This is particularly important since less than 10% of dietary zinc is normally absorbed.