2 BILLION People Don’t Get Enough of this Essential Mineral

2 BILLION People Don’t Get Enough of this Essential Mineral

Essential Mineral People Dont Get Enough

If minerals were ancient gods, zinc would be Zeus: superhero mineral, protector of the immune system, defender of bodily invaders, and involved in virtually every aspect of infection prevention.

If you’ve got a cold, an infection, or a cold sore, zinc may just be your best friend.

Critical for more than 300 enzymatic functions in the body, zinc is found in every one of our eighty trillion cells. Without it we wouldn’t survive. Zinc helps us grow and develop, breathe, and digest our food. In the language of the twenty-first century, it is a “healing” nutrient.

If you’re like millions of people in America, you’re likely to reach for zinc lozenges at the first sign of a cold. That would be smart. A study at the famous Cleveland Clinic showed that zinc lozenges decreased the duration of colds by an impressive 50 percent.

The Natural Standard database, one of the most respected sources of supplement and medical data I know of, rates the evidence of a positive effect for zinc on the immune system a very respectable B, meaning “strong scientific evidence.”

Considering that getting a B from the Natural Standard is like getting a B at Harvard, I’d say that’s pretty good.

Zinc possesses antiviral activity and attacks viruses that may cause the common cold. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported a recent study demonstrating that after one year of either zinc supplementation or no supplementation, those taking zinc experienced far fewer colds than those who took a placebo. In one study, 88 percent of elderly participants developed colds when they didn’t take 45 mg of zinc regularly.

Could this mean there is a need for higher levels of zinc as we age? How many of us are actually getting enough of this vital mineral?

The Missing Link for Superimmunity…

Studies have shown that severe zinc deficiency significantly depresses immune function, because the mineral is needed for both the development and the activation of a very important class of white blood cells (lymphocytes) called T-cells.

When people with low zinc are given zinc supplements, their T-cell count goes up and they’re better able to fight off disease.

Unfortunately, few people have enough zinc…

Emily Ho, PhD, a research scientist at Linus Pauling Institute of Oregon State University, estimates that zinc deficiency affects more than two billion people worldwide, about one-third of the entire planet.

Liping Huang, PhD, a geneticist at the ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center at Davis, California, notes that “…mild zinc deficiency may exist in the United States among otherwise healthy infants, toddlers, preschool children, pregnant and lactating women, and seniors.”

Vegetarians who avoid meat and dairy are also at risk for mild zinc deficiencies.

And zinc isn’t one of those nutrients you need to “oversupplement” with. Quite the contrary: Too much zinc interferes with copper absorption, and the two minerals need to be in balance.

Most do really well supplementing in the 15 to 50 mg range, although for some situations—like macular degeneration, fighting off a cold, or healing a wound—it’s perfectly okay to use a higher dose for a short time.

Getting enough zinc is extremely important, but very few of us actually have optimal levels…

Zinc Supreme by Designs for Health

This complete zinc formula gives you two of the most absorbed forms of zinc in one product, along with all of the other nutrients needed for optimal zinc absorption and metabolism, including taurine, which is essential for proper zinc utilization.

Zinc Tablets (Whole Food Form) by Innate Response

For those who prefer something formulated exclusively from 100% whole food nutrients. This meticulous formula provides the essential trace mineral zinc within the matrix of a nutrient-dense organic whole food blend specifically designed to enrich the utilization and nutritional benefits of zinc.

Zinc Lozenges by Douglas Labs

Got a cold? This is our best option for you. Each tablet contains 10 mg of elemental zinc in the form of zinc glycinate sweetened with sorbitol and flavored with natural orange extracts.

Test Your Levels at Home with Zinc Challenge!

If you’re unsure whether or not you need zinc, The Zinc Challenge Liquid allows you to easily test your body’s zinc levels.

Put 2 tablespoons in your mouth. Hold it there for 30 seconds to see if a definite taste develops, and then swallow. Depending on what you taste, you are classified as follows:

  1. No specific taste noticed as you hold the solution in mouth indicates a low zinc level.
  2. A slight taste of rusty nails indicates a slightly low zinc level.
  3. An immediate and strong taste of rusty nails indicates an adequate zinc level.

The sooner and stronger the taste is noticed, the more zinc is present in your body.

If you fall into categories 1 or 2, you should take 1-2 tablespoons of this same liquid zinc (it doubles as an excellent supplement) until adequate levels are attained. Keep retesting zinc levels weekly until a strong taste develops. Then make sure you test periodically to maintain adequate levels.

Add this superhero mineral to your daily regimen and you may just see your immunity skyrocket and your colds vanish almost overnight.

 

Wishing You Health and Wellness,

The Rockwell Nutrition Team

 

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