Zinc (Zn) is a trace mineral that’s essential to a multitude of body functions, including both the immune and digestive system, wound healing, skin health and reducing stress levels. Zinc’s health benefits are numerous and one of the leading ones are its ability to activate several hundred enzymatic reactions in the body. As per the study conducted in Ohio State University zinc helps control infections by gently tapping the brakes on the immune response in a way that prevents out-of-control inflammation that can be damaging and even deadly.