ZINC STRENGTHENS IMMUNITY

In recent years, the mineral ZINC has been supplemented in the form of zinc gluconate lozenges to reduce severity and duration of the common cold.  (in the short term only, up to 500 mg daily).

A nutrition survey conducted by CSIRO Division of Human Nutrition found that nearly 2/3rds of women between 15 to 32 years were consuming less than the RDI of ZINC.

Sufficient ZINC is required for optimum production of lymphocytes (T cells) that fight against disease.

Absorption is affected by foods high in phytate such as wholegrain cereals, inorganic iron supplements and high calcium intake.

To promote ZINC bio-availability, choose high protein foods ie meat, the protein acts as an anti-phytate agent.

Gastric disturbances have been reported with prolonged intake of high quantities of ZINC (over 150 mg daily).

Long term daily intake at over 100 mg has been shown to induce copper deficiency and interfere with iron absorption-anemia, and magnesium absorption and balance.

Decreased ZINC concentration in the semen is associated with increased semen Ph and reduced fertility.

White flecks on the nails may indicate ZINC deficiency.

As we age, the ability of our intestines to absorb ZINC declines.

Those foods rich in ZINC are:  pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, milk, eggs, onions, herring, nuts and green leafy vegeables.

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