Use this powerful mineral to conquer flu
Zinc is probably the most important mineral for the human body, but you might find yourself overlooking it.
Unfortunately, you wouldn’t be alone, because zinc deficiency is common among people over the age of 55.
But new research shows why you should never forget about zinc as you get older.
According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, zinc supplementation can greatly boost your immune system if you’re an older adult.
In the study of zinc-deficient seniors in a nursing home, adding just 30 mg a day of zinc for 30 days was enough to increase patients’ T-cells – the natural killer cells in your body that help fight infection.
Zinc is also essential to many enzyme systems for normal functioning of your immune system, which is why zinc lozenges have been clinically proven to help you fight off a cold.
But you don’t have to be in a nursing home yourself to benefit from zinc – and if you do end up in assisted living one day, you’ll want to make sure your immune system is as strong as it can be when you first walk in.
You might be surprised at how much of your health can be effected by not getting enough zinc. Did you know that zinc also plays a significant role in growth and development and is implicated in just about every structural function in the body?
Zinc helps maintain healthy vision, helps fight heart disease, protects you against pneumonia, and is one of the key nutrients needed for DNA reproduction and repair.
Gentlemen, it’s even good for your prostate health.
The best way to get enough zinc from your food is through oysters, but who can eat that many oysters?
You can also get decent amounts of zinc in red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, whole grains, and cabbage – but I recommend that most adults take a supplement of 30 mg of zinc to support their immune systems and for other important functions.