Zinc is an essential nutrient that we just don’t get enough of, in our modern-day diets.
Our bodies don’t produce it naturally, so we rely on getting our zinc purely through dietary intake.
Zinc deficiency can cause severe immune system dysfunction - affecting T helper cells, which compromises health.
Zinc is crucial for the multiple aspects of the immune system:
- Development & functioning of Innate Immune Cells, Neutrophils & Natural Killer Cells
Macrophage functioning - phagocytosis, intracellular killing & cytokine production
- Growth and function of T and B cells i.e. the adaptive immune response
Zinc is essential for:
- Immune Function
- Wound Healing
- Growth & Development
- Gene Expression
It is found in plant sources, but is most abundant in animal sources such as beef, shellfish & eggs.
Zinc is found in every cell of our bodies & is the 2nd most abundant trace mineral after iron. Zinc is necessary for over 300 enzymes that help with your metabolism, digestion & nerve function.
It is also required for your sense of taste + smell. A zinc deficiency can reduce taste & smell.
unfortunately, it is not very bioavailable.
5 Benefits of Zinc:
- Support a Healthy Inflammatory Response
- Help Boost Immunity
- Reduce Your Risk of Age-Related Decline
- May Improve Acne or Skin-Related Issues
- Help with Wound Healing
Recommended Daily Dosage:
11mg for men & 8mg for women