Douglas Laboratories Zinc Lozenges
Zinc Lozenges supply bioavailable zinc, sweetened with sorbitol and flavored with natural orange extracts. Each lozenge contains 10 mg of elemental zinc in the form of zinc citrate.
Each serving contains:
Zinc (from zinc citrate) - 10 mg
Other ingredients: Sorbitol, citric acid, natural orange flavor, and vegetable stearate.
As a dietary supplement, adults take 1 lozenge every two hours while awake, or as directed by your healthcare professional. Allow to dissolve completely in the mouth. Do not exceed 10 lozenges per day. Children over the age of 4 years may use half the adult dose. Prolonged use of more than seven days in a row is not recommended. Consult your physician if you wish to prolong use or increase the frequency. When used on a regular basis, 1 or 2 lozenges per day may be taken for extended periods.
Zinc is an essential trace element involved in most major metabolic pathways. General signs of human zinc deficiency indicate that zinc has important functions in maintaining immune function, reproduction, healthy skin, and growth. Numerous studies support the fundamental role of zinc in normal immune response in humans. Immune cells must be able to rapidly divide in order to respond to daily challenges. Like all rapidly dividing cells, immune cells depend on adequate amounts of dietary zinc. As a cofactor of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD), zinc can be considered an antioxidant nutrient. Zinc supplementation has been shown to increase the antioxidant activity of SOD, and provide increased free radical protection. Zinc deficiency is associated with increased oxidative damage.
Absorption of toxic heavy metals, especially cadmium and lead, is lower in individuals with high zinc status compared to those with low zinc status. The body pool of readily available zinc appears to be small, which renders the body susceptible to deficiency and therefore dependent on a steady dietary supply of bioavailable zinc. While typical zinc intakes in U.S. adults are between 10 and 15 mg per day, which approach the RDA, intakes in the elderly are often low. Pregnant women are also at risk for zinc deficiency, since they have a higher requirement for this trace element. Frequently, vegetarians and chronically depressed individuals have been found to have low zinc status.