Zinc is essential to your immune system and much more

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If you are interested in optimal health, or if you have one of the diseases like atrial fibrillation, make sure you are fulfilling your Zinc requirement everyday!

Zinc is essential to maintaining our immune system, which has become a major determination of our health in the last 7 months during the Covid pandemic.  Zinc actually protects our cells from invasion of viruses, but it is so much more, and that is the subject of today’s Blog:    Zinc plays a large role in our health, not only in our immune system but also in the creation of hair, healthy skin, and prostate.  We will also discuss how much Zinc you need, and the best way to take it.

At BioBalance Health® we concentrate on preventive medicine, so when the Covid virus became a threat to our health, we informed our patients that they should take 15 mg of Zinc every day for prevention of the Covid viral infection. Zinc may get to your cells but not be able to enter the immune cells effectively so we recommend taking Quercetin, another supplement that propels Zinc into the body’s cells where it can be used. Covid has made us think daily about providing our immune cells with everything they need to protect us from invasion of the Covid virus.  Without Zinc inside our immune cells, we are left defenseless. But zinc is essential to many functions in the body that you may not have even thought of.  Zinc prevents and treats cardiac arrhythmia of the heart such as atrial fibrillation, Zinc is necessary for healthy thyroid function which controls your metabolism and weight; Zinc is necessary to prevent macular degeneration and prevent blindness; Zinc is essential to prostate health; the healing of post-surgical wounds require Zinc and recovering after a virus or bacterial infection is accelerated by zinc.  Zinc also reduces inflammation (which is a debilitating side effect of obesity and autoimmune diseases) and Zinc brings blood cells to the area that is injured for healing; Finally, Zinc is key to growing healthy hair, skin and finger nails.

Now that you understand how important Zinc is, how do you get it?   BioBalance Health® carries the supplement Zinc piccolate so our patients can take a capsule daily that supplies them with the right amount of zinc that they need. There are also many foods that contain Zinc, but they aren’t foods that are typically included in the daily diet of people who do not live on the coast, like those of us in St. Louis.  However, Zinc may be the reason some of these foods make you feel so healthy after you eat them.

Foods that contain Zinc

 Oysters contain the highest concentration of zinc of any food. Just three oysters will provide you with more than the daily requirement of Zinc, and each oyster only contains 7 calories each!  The drawback is that they can be contaminated by heavy metals if they are harvested from contaminated waters so make sure you know where your oysters come from!

Crab and Lobster are excellent sources of zinc and protein.

Beef, Pork, Turkey and Chicken contain Zinc and protein, however at a much lower concentration than shellfish and oysters.

If you are a vegetarian you have to work harder and eat higher volumes of the following foods to get the zinc you need daily, but you can still eat your daily requirement of Zinc in your diet.  Vegetables that provide Zinc are Mushrooms and Kale, Legumes, Nuts and Seeds, whole grains, and whole milk products.

If you are looking for Zinc in your dessert, then pick dark chocolate for your sweet ending to a meal.

For most of us, counting all of the different minerals, vitamins, calories and protein grams every day is difficult, so we suggest taking a supplement with Zinc. In it I recommend 15-30 mg of Zinc piccolate, because it is easily absorbed and works quickly without manipulation of your diet.

If you are interested in optimal health, or if you have one of the diseases like atrial fibrillation, make sure you are fulfilling your Zinc requirement every day!

This Health cast was written and presented by Dr. Kathy Maupin, M.D., Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Expert and Author, with Brett Newcomb, MA., LPC., Family Counselor, Presenter and Author. www.BioBalanceHealth.com

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