Supplement side effects: The anti-viral mineral that can cause permanent 'loss of smell'

Zinc is a mineral that is essential for the metabolic of cells, playing a key role in immune function, and wound healing.

It “also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence, and is required for proper sense of taste and smell,” according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The mineral is present in a wide variety of products, including some labelled as homoeopathic medications, according to the health body.

However, the NIH points out: “Numerous case reports of anosmia (loss of the sense of smell), in some cases long-lasting or permanent, have been associated with the use of zinc-containing nasal gels or sprays.”

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