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?
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.
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?
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:
- Frequent infections,
- Low energy,
- Poor concentration,
- Slow wound healing,
- Changes in sense of taste or smell,
- Food cravings,
- Hair loss,
- Thinning hair/ baldness,
- Tinnitus in the ears,
- Problems adjusting to light,
- Skin rashes, acne,
- White spots in fingernails,
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
What can you eat to RAISE your zinc?
- Grass-fed beef,
- Free-range poultry,
- Organic chickpeas,
- Cage-free eggs,
- 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:
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.
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.
My Top Picks:
Disclosure: Some links in this post are affiliate links, this means that when you click links and purchase items, in most cases I receive a small compensation. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Prices are exactly the same for you. You will not pay more by clicking through the link. See full Affiliate Disclosure below for details. Thanks for your support.
Medical Disclaimer: Nothing on this website should be interpreted as personal medical advice. Always consult a qualified health care provider before changing anything related to your healthcare. Please see full Medical Disclaimer below for details.