T’is the season for coughs, colds and flu so how are you going to prevent being struck down by the dreaded lurgy. Are you going to stock up on tissues, cold and flu remedies and start taking extra vitamin C? Well this year why don’t you try something different? Zinc!
Zinc is an antioxidant and is vital in building and repairing cells, particularly immune cells which your body needs to help fight disease. Zinc has been found to shorten the length of a cold and the severity, this is thought to be because whenever there is an imbalance in immune cells zinc will repair and build new ones to help fight the disease. Therefore zinc can also be good for other illnesses/ diseases wherever there is an imbalance in the immune cells. Studies have found this to be true for prostate cancer, asthma, allergies, eczema, hayfever, CFS, Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
The recommended daily allowance of zinc is 15-30mg, however if you have a condition that requires zinc supplementation 40mg is required.
Zinc can be found in meat, oysters, turnips, peas, oats, peanuts, almonds, wholewheat grains, pumpkin seeds, ginger root and pecan nuts. Supplements are available from health food shops but be sure to take a good quality supplement that contains zinc picolinate rather than zinc sulphate, zinc sulphate is poorly absorbed and can cause nausea.
Zinc also has other health benefits such as improving memory and brain function, controlling baldness, improving nail, skin and hair condition, providing energy, controlling appetite and cravings (good for weight management) and the list goes on……..
So boost you zinc levels and have a healthier winter.