Lately, we have been hearing more about the health benefits of zinc.
Zinc helps keep your immune system strong. Zinc is needed for your immune cell function, and a deficiency can lead to a weakened immune response.
Zinc supplements reduce oxidative stress, and this means more oxygen is available for your body.
This helps keep your taste and smell peaked.
Hum, do you think this is why zinc is an important supplement to prevent the Beer Bug? People complain of losing their sense of taste and smell when they have COVID.
Vitamin C plus zinc are even more efficient to take together, and act quicker, if you feel like you are getting sick, like with the common cold, the flu, or other forms of COVID.
Why Take Zinc
Like most all other supplements, you need to monitor your zinc levels before you start supplementing with zinc. One exception is if you feel like you are coming down with a cold or the flu.
It might help to supplement with extra zinc when health symptoms are present, especially if you lose your sense of smell or taste.
As I say all of the time, the way to monitor your supplement levels is by doing a hair analysis.
Zinc is a great supplement to take for:
- building your immune system;
- protecting your skin from free radicals, and supporting those cells that make collagen, which in turn supports your skin’s structure;
- enhancing a sedative effect on your nervous system, working with calcium and magnesium to relax you;
- stimulating the metabolism of melatonin to enhance deep sleep;
- helps your skin heal after an injury;
- acts like an antioxidant;
- protects from UV damage;
- supports weight loss;
- works with calcium to reduce production of cortisol, a stress hormone that can cause you to store belly fat;
- stops wrinkles by assisting antioxidants damaging your skin.
As I write often, learn what your zinc levels are before you start supplementing with it. If you don’t need extra zinc, if you take zinc for too long, or if your zinc levels are too high, you can experience the following health reactions:
- interacts with some medications that treat high blood pressure;
- interacts with diuretics;
- decreases copper levels;
- lowers your immunity;
- lowers your good cholesterol (HDL);
One thing we know for sure, zinc will help your sense of smell and keep your taste buds on point.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.
Before taking vitamins, consult your doctor; pre-existing medical conditions or medications you are taking can affect how your body responds to multivitamins.
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