The Key Mineral You Might Be Missing
Zinc may be hiding in the back of the A to Z vitamin lineup, but it’s critical to 300 enzymes in your body that help with immune response, digestion, protein building, the nervous system, and bone health. It even benefits your sense of taste and smell!
Are you getting enough zinc? Here’s why you should:
Zinc is a powerful immune-boosting mineral, especially for adults as they get older. Research showed that adults who supplemented with zinc for a 1-year period experienced fewer illnesses than those who didn’t use the supplement.
Zinc supports your immune system in many ways, but one standout is that it bolsters the growth and health of the blood’s T cells. T cells detect and fight bacteria and viruses that get into your body, so keeping them in good shape is going to pay off big time in feeling well.
What’s more, studies have shown that zinc helps your body resist pneumonia and other infections.
To study the effects of zinc on wound healing, researchers followed the treatment of people with diabetic foot ulcers. During the 3-month study, participants who consumed zinc found that their ulcers healed more quickly.
Zinc is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, so it can help reduce the negative effects of inflammation. Zinc helps mitigate oxidative stress in your body, which is good because oxidative stress leads to many chronic health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and arthritis.
Zinc is also part of the routine treatment for patients dealing with age-related macular degeneration.
How to get enough zinc
Zinc is an essential nutrient, which means that your body can’t make or store it—you need to get a steady supply through supplements and diet. Food sources include meat, shellfish, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
Do yourself a favor and evaluate how much zinc you’re getting. Literally every cell in your body will thank you.
Let’s get healthier, together,
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