The relationship between Zinc and Osteoporosis is somewhat weak. Zinc ranks 32 of 794 Osteoporosis treatments we have analyzed.
Zinc, in commerce also spelter, is a metallic chemical element; it has the symbol Zn and atomic number 30. It is the first element of group 12 of the periodic table. In some respects zinc is chemically similar to magnesium: its ion is of similar size and its only common oxidation state is +2. Zinc is the 24th most abundant element in the Earth's crust and has five stable isotopes. The most common zinc ore is sphalerite (zinc blende), a zinc sulfide mineral. The largest mineable amounts are found in Australia, Asia, and the United States. Zinc production includes froth flotation of the ore, roasting, and final extraction using electricity (electrowinning).2
Researchers have concluded:
Zinc for Osteoporosis ranks in the bottom 41% of condition-treatment relationships we analyzed.
Importantly, we found 9 studies that were randomized and controlled. Such studies are considered the most rigorous, and help to establish or disprove a cause-and-effect relationship between prospective treatments and conditions. So there may be some good evidence on which to make a decision about using Zinc for Osteoporosis.
The relationship between Osteoporosis and Zinc has been modestly researched. We found 204 research articles on the topic. This places the volume of research in the bottom 38% of condition-treatment relationships we have analyzed.
Are researchers becoming more or less interested in Zinc for Osteoporosis? The pace of research appears to be increasing.
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