Children are very susceptible to having lung diseases.
The most common is having Pneumonia.
But a study shows that taking Zinc Supplement can triple the amount of survival for children who are deficient with this mineral.
When children will take it, there will be a dramatic effect on death rates, but it will not have a difference on the recovery time for the children.
Zinc supplements are found in common sources like meat, fish, egg yolk and seeds.
Zinc is vital for our immune system.
Even in different kinds of countries, rich or poor, a lot of people are deficient.
The study was in Uganda which Zinc deficiency is high.
They let children six months to five years old.
A total of 352 children who had severe pneumonia and was taking antibiotics was given with the supplement.
No difference was observed on the rate of recovery time.
But on death rate 4 percent taking zinc died while 12 percent died to those who are not taking Zinc.
26 out of 100 children with HIV and Aids was saved by taking Zinc supplement.
The researcher said that children who are infected with HIV had to be given Zinc because it will boost their immune system which is basically being attacked by the HIV virus.
The study is published in BMC medicine journal.