Importance of Zinc for the Immune System

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. . Zinc might just be one of the most important trace minerals. Learn more about the importance of zinc—especially for the immune system. 


0:00 Zinc and immune system health
0:15 Zinc functions 
0:37 Zinc deficiency and your immune system
1:37 Best sources of zinc 
2:15 What can prevent zinc absorption? 

In this video, we’re going to talk about zinc and your immune system. Zinc is probably one of the most important trace minerals because it does so many different things. But, one of the most important health benefits of zinc is that it can help support the immune system. 

Zinc is involved in:
• Genes and making DNA
• Many different enzymes
• Protein synthesis 
• Wound healing 
• Heart health 
• Joint health 
• Insulin 
• Thymus function
• Gonads

What can happen in relation to your immune system if you have a zinc deficiency:
• Thymic atrophy 
• Decreased lymphocytes 
• Defective white blood cell response 
• Low recovery rate 
• Increased duration of infections 
• Increased inflammation 
• Increased oxidative stress
• Decreased capacity to fight off infections
• Increased susceptibility to viruses and infections

Foods high in zinc:
• Oysters
• Red meat 
• Seafood/fish
• Pumpkin seeds

If you want to take zinc supplements, I think a good choice is zinc bisglycinate chelate.  There are certain things that can prevent the absorption of zinc, such as:
• Phytates 
• Oxalates 
• Antacids 
• Malabsorption (pre-existing gut damage or inflammation) 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio: Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.