Did you know the mineral Zinc is a cofactor for more than 300 enzymatic reactions? This means we have enzymes that are dependent on zinc in order to perform hundreds of activities throughout our bodies. While high zinc deficiency is rare, it is estimated 2 billion people suffer from marginal zinc deficiency that results in serious health effects for our hormones, skin, vision, and immunity.
As immunity takes centre stage at this time of year it's important to remember that Zinc is essential to maintain Immune function.
Zinc's Role in Our Immune System
- Zinc is needed for T-cell growth and differentiation into the white blood cells that we need to ward off disease.
- Zinc is needed for the process of programmed cell death called Apoptosis to kill bacteria, virus and even cancer cells.
- Zinc is needed for gene transcription, the first step of gene expression, and for the protective functions of our cell membranes.
- Mental Lethargy
- Weak immunity – Frequent Colds and Flu, Warts, Viruses,
- Poor Wound Healing
- Allergies: Food & Environment
- Thinning hair
- Leaky gut
Skin Issues: Acne or rashes
How Much Zinc Do We
The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for zinc is 8mg for women and 11mg for men however it is still not known what our optimal levels are. (Remember, RDA’s are about surviving, and optimal levels are about thriving!) We do know that more than 50mg of zinc per day can affect our copper levels. Striving for 15-25 mg, and not exceeding 40 mg, per day is a good guideline. Although there is some amount of zinc in all whole foods, no individual food ranks as an excellent source. If you are seeking to increase your dietary intake of zinc, it is wise not to count on any one food but to focus on diversity. It is estimated the average North American consumes approximately 10 mg of zinc through their food with only 2-3 at most being absorbed.
Should You Take a Zinc Supplement?
The absorption of zinc is just as important as finding your optimal intake levels. Absorption of Zinc is often poor because our bodies’ zinc receptor sites are usually taken up by toxins. If you supplement with zinc and do not see improvements in about 4 weeks, there is a good chance your body is unable to absorb the zinc you’ve been taking. It’s important to clear the toxicity from the receptor sites, which then allows our cells to perform the way they are designed to do. If you want to do this contact me for details.
Another reason absorption can be poor is an overburdened or sluggish liver and poor detoxification. We are exposed to more toxins than ever before. For example, Glyphosate (the key chemical in BAYER's/Monsanto's Round Up) is in many of the foods we eat (whole and processed) and inhibits our cells ability to detoxify molecular waste and it is so present in our environment that levels are now detected in human tissue samples.
Supporting our natural drainage and detoxification channels and phases has become extremely important, and an overlooked component to restoring health. This is not just the colon but all detoxification channels such as the skin, lungs, kidneys, and liver. Once again we are remined that detoxification is the foundation of health and longevity!