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COVID-19 Warning – The Zinc Connection

Is there a link between zinc LOW-LEVELS and the inability to fight viral infections? Are YOU in danger?

Can a mineral inhibit the virus to reproduce and spread?

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What is the role of zinc?                             

COVID-19 pandemic nightmare sweeps across the Globe, with more and more deaths, thus the need for optimal IMMUNE SYSTEM defense has never been more urgent.

Let’s have a close look at the role of zinc.

Zinc is an ESSENTIAL MINERAL that affects HUNDREDS of essential biological functions, it is indispensable for cell division, growth and development, it helps to produce hormones, break down carbohydrates from foods, and maintain the immune system.

It’s essential for the proper function of over 100 enzymes in your body, relating to your brain, bones, kidneys, liver, pancreas, muscle development, energy metabolism, hemoglobin production, carbon dioxide transport, prostaglandin function, synthesis of collagen, protein synthesis and vitamin A metabolism.

It is a strong anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant – it has the ability to scavenge and neutralize disease-causing free radicals.

Zinc is vital for emergency immune-support, it promotes the growth of white blood cells that target harmful organisms!

Scientists have long known that zinc can reduce the severity and duration of cold symptoms.

Zinc is antiviral on two different levels:

Research has shown that zinc fights viruses – as a direct antiviral and by stimulating antiviral activity.

In a review published in Journal of Nutrition, researchers noted that zinc deficiency quickly diminishes cell-mediated responses, leading to INCREASED opportunistic infections and mortality rates.

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In one study, 30 days of sub optimal zinc intake led to losses of 30 to 80 percent in defense capacity, including tumor defense and antibody-mediated responses.

Zinc supplementation have been shown to substantially improve immune defense in individuals with HIV and chronic gastrointestinal disorders.

In an extensive review of studies published in Advances in Nutrition, the authors reported that zinc caused a reduction in viral load in cases of respiratory syncytial virus – and inhibited viral RNA and protein synthesis in a gastroenteritis virus.

In clinical trials it showed to reduce the duration and severity of herpes simplex outbreaks and to decrease markers of inflammation in hepatitis C.

Zinc has also been shown to inhibit SARS, a virus closely related to COVID-19.

Trial after trial, zinc reduced the severity, frequency and duration of symptoms of the COMMON COLD.

Dr. Vladmir Zelenko, a New York physician has been using zinc – as part of a highly successful (inexpensive) treatment protocol.

Zinc inhibits the ability of viruses to reproduce and spread!


ARE YOU LOW IN ZINC?   

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Your body can’t store it – it must be consumed daily.

Research has found that low zinc levels are a WIDESPREAD nutritional problem!

According to Dr. Emily Ho, a professor at the College of Public Health and Human Services at Oregon State University, 12 percent of all Americans – a significant chunk of the population – fail to obtain adequate zinc.

Zinc deficiencies have been found common among older populations, in those with 65 and older, incidentally the same age group most susceptible to severe complications from COVID-19.

This is particularly dangerous in the current global coronavirus pandemic.

People most AT RISK for zinc deficiency include the elderly, and those with IBS, leaky gut, gluten sensitivity or other digestive disorders. Also excessive alcohol use and certain medications such as oral contraceptives can DEPLETE zinc levels.

Signs of zinc deficiency:

  1. Frequent infections,
  2. Fatigue,
  3. Low energy,
  4. Poor concentration,
  5. Infertility,
  6. Slow wound healing,
  7. Changes in sense of taste or smell, 
  8. lemon_ginger_tea_for_colds
    Food cravings,
  9. Hair loss,
  10. Thinning hair/ baldness,
  11. Tinnitus in the ears,
  12. Nervousness,
  13. Depression,
  14. Problems adjusting to light,
  15. Skin rashes, acne,
  16. White spots in fingernails,
  17. Anemia.

Researchers discover a NATURAL way to hinder viral replication. Zinc has the ability to interfere with viral replication cycle and genome transcription.

Declining immune system strength is a consequence of aging, but studies show that zinc supplementation may be able to help strengthen the body’s defenses. The scientists concluded that “zinc supplementation could play an important role in improving immunity and preventing infectious diseases, like pneumonia, in the elderly.”

Optimal zinc levels can help you AVOID chronic illness.


HOW TO BOOST ZINC LEVELS

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What can you eat to RAISE your zinc?   

  • Grass-fed beef,
  • Free-range poultry,
  • Organic chickpeas,
  • Cage-free eggs,
  • Oysters,
  • Cashews,
  • Pumpkin seeds.

If your zinc is low, raising it quickly is key to avoiding several of the physical problems associated with it. Even a mild zinc deficiency can seriously alter your immune system and affect your entire body.

Supplement forms include: 

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  • Lozenges,       
  • Capsules,
  • Syrups,
  • Tablets,
  • Liquid,
  • Liposomal.

Zinc requirements for adult women are 8 to 12 mg per day, depending on your age and whether you are pregnant or lactating, and for men, 11 mg per day.

Babies, children and adolescents, pregnant and lactating women, all have increased requirements for zinc. Zinc deficiency during growth periods results in growth failure.

VEGETARIANS are at particular risk because of the absence of MEAT, which offers high amounts of bioavailable zinc.

Because few plants contain zinc, and absorption is often low, vegetarians may need to consider taking one-and-a-half times the amount suggested for adults. One study notes, “The requirement for dietary zinc may be as much as 50 percent greater for vegetarians whose major food staples are grains and legumes.

Please note: Excessive amounts of zinc can cause unwanted side effects like nausea, diarrhea and a copper deficiency.

We just have to be smart about getting the right amount.


BOTTOM LINE

A powerful way to BOOST immunity!

Zinc inhibits the ability of viruses to reproduce and spread. How cool is this!?

Put in some zinc, by eating zinc rich foods, although if you have low levels now, you must supplement a loading dose, to normalize them quickly.

Healthy levels of zinc are crucial for proper immune function and against dangerous viral infections.

Did you find this article helpful? Let me know by living a comment below.

Take care,

Isabella

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10 thoughts on “COVID-19 Warning – The Zinc Connection

  1. Steve

    If there is something that we can all do right now, it is to boost our immune function. I had long heard about how Zinc is able to benefit our immune system, but hadn’t been aware of the ways we could get it through diet. I have only really heard it most available as a supplement. It’s great to find out that eggs, cashews, and pumpkin seeds provide it as we have been consuming those regularly for several weeks now! Thanks for the informative post!

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    1. Isabella Post author

      Hi Steve,

      I am glad you found helpful information in my post, that’s what I intend.You can boost your zinc levels eating zinc rich foods, but if your levels are low, if you have symptoms or  you are in the category of people at risk you need to add a supplement. I take a zinc supplement every day.

      Take care,

      Isabella

      Reply
  2. tayo

    This is an interesting article, which brings up some pertinent questions.

    With the British Prime Minister in intensive care, the actual attack vector of the covid-19 virus is now being better explained, and it appears that the virus is dangerous because it stimulates **too strong** a response in the immune system! Weird, or what?

    So apparently, it is our own over-stimulated immune system which ends up being the problem.

    I’d love to know, how do you think that zinc can help with this, and please will you site some sources so that I can assist in spreading the news?

    Thanks!

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    1. Isabella Post author

      Hi Tayo,

      The problem with this virus is the cytokine storm created by the immune system in response to it, the protocol that is being applied with success with the antimalarial drug chloroquine with people experienced rapid recovery and reduced the time they were contagious too, this drug appears to act as a zinc ionophore, which allows more zinc into the cells, where it may help promote the death of the virus and inhibit the replicasse.

      Evidence shows that zinc gluconate and zinc acetate effectively reduce the severty and duration of viral infections.

      I let you here a link with full information;

      https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/03/30/chloroquine-malaria-meds-for-covid-19.aspx
      I have below some supplements you can buy.

      Hope this helps,

      Take care,

      Isabella

      Reply
  3. Alblue

    Oh thank you so much for raising the awareness of zinc need in human body. Since I am also a vegetarian, I really need to boost my zinc consumption. Ugh. I’m a bit afraid to consume zinc supplement, because I don’t want to overdose my zinc consumption. I love cashews, so do you have any idea how much should I consume daily? Thanks

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    1. Isabella Post author

      Hey Alblue,  thanks for passing by, yes you can eat cashews to boost your zinc levels, although they have only about 5,5 mg x 100gr, to raise your levels you need to supplement, then you can use rich zinc foods for mantenance.

      Take care,

      Isabella

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  4. Enrique

    Based on your article, I might have low zinc levels. I must confess my diet hasn’t been that healthy these days, although I’m trying to change that. 

    I knew zinc had a lot of properties, but I didn’t know it was that powerful as to help combat HIV and other viruses. It’s amazing what Mother Nature puts at our disposal.

    Now, let me ask you something. I assume it’s better to get zinc from natural sources such as the food we consume, but is there any real difference if we take it from supplements instead?

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day.

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    1. Isabella Post author

      Hey Enrique,

      Welcome, your comments are appreciated. Yes zinc is so powerful, minerals and nutrients have so many functions in our bodies that are now being found by science.

      We all have not so healthy diets, but we should turn it to the right way ASAP. Natural sources of zinc should always be present in our diets, but in order to correct our low levels we should take a supplement.

      Be healthy,

      Isabella

      Reply
  5. Roy

    Hi Isabella and thank you for an enlightening article about the consequences of an unbalanced diet and intake of among others zinc. I have been using extra supplements of zinc in periods of heavy training, preparing for competitions. This has helped me to perform to the maximum during the competitions. And last but not least it has helped me to avoid getting any infections along the way.

    Do you have any specific recommendations for athletes regarding the use and dosage of zinc supplements?

    regards,

    Roy

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    1. Isabella Post author

      Hey Roy, welcome, your comments are appreciated. In fact zinc has so many functions in our bodies, that’s a basic mineral, you must pay close attention to zinc levels.

      Athletes need to pay attention to their zinc levels because of its key functions in the body. Such as healthy cell division, the metabolism depend on having enough zinc and it aids in repairing your tissues after exercise.

      Zinc also plays a role in hormone production, in testosterone also, which is essential for building lean muscle mass.

      You need zinc to maintain a strong heart and respiratory system.

      The recommended upper intake level for zinc is 40 mg per day.

      Take care,

      Isabella

      Reply

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