Zinc

Overview

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SOURCE
Oregon, USA
FORM
Zinc Gluconate
FOUND IN
Dark chocolate, chickpeas, lentils, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, cheese, milk, beef, lamb, pork, potatoes

Fast Fact

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Consuming Zinc supplements within 24 hours after cold symptoms appear may reduce how long the symptoms last and could make symptoms less severe.*

Especially Important For

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Zinc is found in cells throughout our bodies and it’s needed for our immune systems to properly function. It’s important for cell division, cell growth, wound healing, and the breakdown of carbohydrates.

Benefits

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Immune response regulator*
Infected or cancerous cell killer*
Common cold buster*
Immune booster*
Inflammation soother*
Heathy skin promoter*

Why it's important for immunity

Put simply, Zinc is the decision maker that sends in the right workers for the job. When our bodies encounter inflammation, the first stage of healing after injury or infection, Zinc is needed to bring in specialized immune cells called neutrophils and macrophages. These cells are our first line of defense and will help get rid of foreign substances and clean up cellular debris.

Zinc also signals what type of immune cells should be produced to support the healing process.


Evidence-based claims, or bust

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

Zinc Fact Sheet for Health Professionals.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF NUTRITION

Zinc deficiency in women, infants and children.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NUTRITION SOCIETY

Zinc and the Immune System.

JOURNAL OF TROPICAL PEDIATRICS

Effect of Marginal Zinc Deficiency on Human Growth and Development.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF NUTRITION

Zinc and Growth.

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION

Zinc and Immune Function: The Biological Basis of Altered Resistance to Infection.

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