Article provided by: Solis Labs
Zinc is an essential mineral that every human body needs. While this essential mineral is found in many of the natural foods that we eat, the average American is zinc-deficient. Many of the fast foods and processed foods that comprise the average American's diet contain little to no zinc, so supplemental zinc consumption is strongly encouraged.
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Here are some of the key facts about zinc that you should know:
- Zinc is essential in every diet and is needed to maintain proper nutrition:
- A zinc deficiency can lead to all sorts of symptoms, such as hair loss, diarrhea, erectile dysfunction, poor wound healing, and mental lethargy.
- Growth impediments and increased risk of infection often occurs in children who are zinc-deficient
- Woman are recommended to take extra doses of zinc during pregnancy and lactation
Zinc plays a major role in human immune function, infection prevention, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis, cell division, and virus replication prevention. Without zinc or with a deficiency of zinc, people are more susceptible to disease and illness, such as COVID-19 and the common cold.
Zinc and Coronavirus
While we do not tout zinc as a cure for coronavirus, there is no denying that this mineral helps to greatly reduce symptoms, such as cough, fever, and aching. Scientific studies prove that zinc supplements help to reduce the symptoms of the common cold, and the novel coronavirus is merely a souped-up common cold. Along with other therapies, zinc can go a long way in helping people with the most severe cases of coronavirus recover and feel better.
The key to protecting yourself from the coronavirus is to be proactive and not wait until you have it to start taking preventative steps. For example, in addition to good hygiene, rigorous hand-washing, social distancing, and other common-sense practices, boosting your immune system with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, and yes, zinc, can provide your body with a protective shield against SARS-COV-2. By itself, zinc cannot cure or prevent coronavirus. However, taken with other supplements and the use of common-sense practices, zinc can help to give you an additional layer of protection against this virus.
Benefits of Zinc
Studies suggest that zinc can be very beneficial for people with low testosterone and insulin sensitivity.
- Zinc lozenges (in high doses) have been shown to reduce the duration - not symptoms - of the common cold over and over again.
- There is evidence to suggest that zinc might help in preventing colds in the first place, although studies are inconclusive, and it is highly recommended that zinc be used in addition to other efforts, such as diet and exercise.
- Zinc has been shown to decrease depression and acne.
- People who consume too much zinc are prone to experience loose stools and nausea. Very large doses of zinc can lead to overdose and a copper deficiency. If you notice a metallic taste in your mouth, this is a sign that your zinc intake might be too high. The recommended dosage for adults is 40 - 50 mgs daily.