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Zinc is an essential trace mineral involved in thousands of bodily functions, ranging from muscle protein synthesis and cell growth to boosting immunity wound healing. It is potentially involved in more bodily functions than any other mineral. Zinc is strongly recognised for the role it plays to promote a healthy immune system and overall good health. It is strongly recommended that active individuals pay particular attention to their zinc levels as it particularly effective in the fight against free radicals and can be lost through sweating. Zinc deficiency has been shown to lead to poor immune function with recent studies suggesting it can help reduce the duration of the common cold.