Q: I was told to take a zinc supplement for protection against the flu. Will this help? And how much should I take?
A: Certainly, zinc is an important mineral to keep your immune system fighting fit. However, zinc works in collaboration with other essential nutrients, such as Vitamins C, D3, E, and trace minerals such as selenium. It is always best to take your vitamin and mineral supplements in balanced formulas. Generally speaking, taking an extra 15-30 mg a day is sufficient. You do not want to overdose on zinc by taking in too much.