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Zinc

  • Supports Cellular Function
  • Supports Healthy Airways
  • Helps Balance Blood Sugar
  • Promotes a Healthy Gut
  • Improves Energy

What does the science say?

1. Supports Immunity

Zinc is an essential micronutrient that is needed for a healthy immune response. Zinc deficiency is tied to cell-mediated immune dysfunction, increased inflammation, and damage to healthy tissues (1). Research suggests that supplementing with zinc may help to improve the immune response (2).

2. Reduces Inflammation

Studies show that zinc deficiency may reduce the body’s ability to moderate pro-inflammatory factors like interleukin 6 (3). Chronic zinc deficiency may lead to chronic systemic inflammation and the development of inflammatory diseases like diabetes and dementia (4).

3. Alters Gut Bacteria

Zinc is required for a healthy gut microbiome. Studies suggest that zinc can improve the composition of the microbiome, decrease inflammation in the gut, and improve overall gut physiology (12).

4. Supports Respiratory Health

Zinc has a protective effect on the respiratory system. Studies show that zinc deficiency can contribute to respiratory conditions like asthma and allergic rhinitis (6). Other studies show that zinc can lower airway inflammation and improve breathing abilities in those with asthma (7).

5. Lowers Heart Risks

Low zinc levels are correlated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease (8). Experimental studies suggest that zinc supplementation can improve myocardial recovery, reduce hypertension, and decrease the risk of arrhythmias (9).

Zinc may also play an important role in diabetes management. Zinc is required for β-cell function, insulin action, and glucose homeostasis. Research indicates that supplementation may enhance insulin sensitivity and prevent diabetes, as well as stroke and other cardiovascular conditions that result from unmanaged blood sugar and obesity (10). Both in vivo and in vitro studies show beneficial effects of zinc supplementation for type-1 and type-2 diabetes (11).

6. Improves Mood

Studies show a strong correlation between zinc deficiency and depressive symptoms, as well as an improvement in mood and reduction in depression in those supplementing with zinc (14).

7. Increases Energy

Astragalus may help those with chronic fatigue as it has been shown to improve feelings of fatigue and tiredness (17).

Studies suggest that astragalus can help fight fatigue and improve extreme tiredness, especially in those undergoing chemotherapy (18)Studies suggest that zinc may help reduce or prevent fatigue in those undergoing chemotherapy (13). 

8. Relieves Allergy Symptoms

Zinc is required for healthy skin integrity and barrier function. As such, zinc supplementation might be beneficial for those with skin allergies like atopic dermatitis and eczema (5).

9. Improves Sleep

Research shows that zinc acts as a “sleep modulator,” potentially managing the sleep-wake cycle, improving the quality of sleep, and enhancing overall brain function (15). 

  1. REFERENCES:
    Gammoh, Nour Zahi, and Lothar Rink. “Zinc in Infection and Inflammation.” Nutrients vol. 9,6 624. 17 Jun. 2017, doi:10.3390/nu9060624
  2. Mocchegiani, Eugenio et al. “Zinc: dietary intake and impact of supplementation on immune function in elderly.” Age (Dordrecht, Netherlands) vol. 35,3 (2013): 839-60. doi:10.1007/s11357-011-9377-3
  3. Gammoh, Nour Zahi, and Lothar Rink. “Zinc in Infection and Inflammation.” Nutrients vol. 9,6 624. 17 Jun. 2017, doi:10.3390/nu9060624
  4. Nuttall, Johnathan R, and Patricia I Oteiza. “Zinc and the aging brain.” Genes & nutrition vol. 9,1 (2014): 379. doi:10.1007/s12263-013-0379-x
  5. Gray NA et al. Zinc and atopic dermatitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2019 Jun;33(6):1042-1050. doi: 10.1111/jdv.15524. Epub 2019 Mar 15. PMID: 30801794.
  6. Djuric, V. et al. (2005). Zinc and copper in serum and induced sputum of patients with allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma. Allergologie. 28. 165-171.
  7. Morgan, Carrie I et al. “Zinc supplementation alters airway inflammation and airway hyperresponsiveness to a common allergen.” Journal of inflammation (London, England) vol. 8 36. 7 Dec. 2011, doi:10.1186/1476-9255-8-36
  8. Chu, Anna et al. “Zinc Status and Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus-A Systematic Review of Prospective Cohort Studies.” Nutrients vol. 8,11 707. 5 Nov. 2016, doi:10.3390/nu8110707
  9. Milton, Abul Hasnat et al. “Prospective Study of Dietary Zinc Intake and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Women.” Nutrients vol. 10,1 38. 4 Jan. 2018, doi:10.3390/nu10010038
  10. El Dib R et al. Zinc supplementation for the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults with insulin resistance. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD005525. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005525.pub3. Accessed 23 December 2020.
  11. Ranasinghe, Priyanga et al. “Zinc and diabetes mellitus: understanding molecular mechanisms and clinical implications.” Daru : journal of Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences vol. 23,1 44. 17 Sep. 2015, doi:10.1186/s40199-015-0127-4
  12. Sauer, Ann Katrin, and Andreas M Grabrucker. “Zinc Deficiency During Pregnancy Leads to Altered Microbiome and Elevated Inflammatory Markers in Mice.” Frontiers in neuroscience vol. 13 1295. 29 Nov. 2019, doi:10.3389/fnins.2019.01295
  13. Ribeiro, Sofia Miranda de Figueiredo et al. “Effects of zinc supplementation on fatigue and quality of life in patients with colorectal cancer.” Einstein (Sao Paulo, Brazil) vol. 15,1 (2017): 24-28. doi:10.1590/S1679-45082017AO3830
  14. Wang, Jessica et al. “Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium and Depression: A Review of the Evidence, Potential Mechanisms and Implications.” Nutrients vol. 10,5 584. 9 May. 2018, doi:10.3390/nu10050584
  15. Cherasse, Yoan, and Yoshihiro Urade. “Dietary Zinc Acts as a Sleep Modulator.” International journal of molecular sciences vol. 18,11 2334. 5 Nov. 2017, doi:10.3390/ijms18112334

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