Superstar Zinc: An Essential Mineral for Immune Support


Are you deficient in zinc? Read on to find out why you may be and what to do about it!

Zinc, it does the body good. You can’t live without it, and it is the second most abundant metal in the body, after iron. If you like oysters you are in luck, as 6 oysters contain about 52mg of zinc! That is quite a punch, giving the oyster its rightful place on the top of the list of foods high in zinc.

We need regular intake of zinc, although not a lot, in order to reap all the benefits. Our bodies cannot make zinc so we must get it from our food.

Zinc is good for immune function, white blood cell formation, egg fertilization, cell division and much more. It has a large impact on eye health and a deficiency could cause the vision degeneration we see in the elderly, 30% of whom are deficient. Unfortunately, infertility is becoming more and more widespread and making sure males get enough zinc is critical for reproductive health. Low zinc can contribute to low testosterone and poor sperm quality, increasing a couple’s risk for infertility.

Zinc and the Immune System:

  • We need zinc for proper immune system regulation.
  • We require it for specific immune cells (T and B cells) to grow and function due to zinc’s effects on gene regulation within immune cells.
  • We also need it for non-specific immune cell generation such as neutrophils and natural killer cells.
  • Zinc functions as an antioxidant.
  • Zinc modulates inflammation.
  • Zinc reduces oxidative stress.
  • It stabilizes cell membranes and keeps them healthy.

Support Your Zinc Levels:

  • Oysters
  • Beef roast (vegetarians have low zinc levels)
  • Alaskan king crab
  • Lobster
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Heal the gut
  • Work with your doctor to get off medications as these increase the release of zinc
  • Work with us to heal chronic health conditions, including leaky gut.
  • Alcohol in moderation (1-2 drinks per week max and make it organic)

In Summary:

Zinc is essential for the function of the immune system and contributes to the overall immune cell function. It is anti-inflammatory as well as an antioxidant, and unfortunately deficiency of this vitamin is very common. Zinc is the gatekeeper of the immune system since the proper function of immune cells depends on it. Even slightly low levels can affect immune function. Supplementing (check out our zinc here) can actually reduce the duration and severity of the common cold. It may be time to stock up on zinc for prevention and symptom management.

If you have questions about supplementing with zinc or inquiries about other supplements and immune-boosting tips, you can always schedule a free health coaching call with a Natural Heart Doctor health coach here. Consider doing a Micronutrient test to find out your levels of zinc and many other micronutrients.


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