ZINC- DO YOU GET ENOUGH?
Your body requires daily intake of a variety of micronutrients. One of those minerals is Zinc.
Zinc has many bodily roles: infection-fighting, immune system modulation, anti-inflammatory, brain and heart protection and anti-inflammatory.
Becoming deficient in Zinc can happen in a few ways. Dietary lack, high oxidative stress or inflammation levels, and chronic use of certain medications can lead to deficiencies. When we look at the many roles of Zinc, we can see how a lack can lead to a whole host of issues in different areas of the body. Immunity, heart and brain health primarily.
Immunity is a hot topic these days, and a zinc deficiency will impair your immune system's ability to fight off pathogens and increase your risk of infection.
Research shows that low zinc levels are typical for individuals diagnosed with heart disease, and studies show that zinc deficiencies are associated with pre-high blood pressure markers.
Brain health is a huge passion for us here at Truehope Canada, and studies show links between zinc deficiencies and a higher risk of neurological disorders.
Ensuring enough zinc levels through diet and supplementation will lower your risk of heart disease, some cancers and infections. Boosting your overall immunity will increase your health and life span. Let's look into four reasons to upgrade your zinc levels today and how to do it.
1. COVID-19 Infection
Observational research showed that critically sick patients infected with SARS‑CoV‑2 with severe respiratory distress syndrome had higher rates of low zinc blood levels 1.
As discussed, zZinchas anti-cancer properties due to its antioxidant capacity. Zinc also has a direct influence on the immune system and your DNA. Higher zinc levels are associated with a lower risk in 12 types of cancers 2.
3. Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
The eyes contain a high zinc concentration, but as we age, those levels decrease, especially in those individuals with age-related diseases. Research shows 8 to 11mg of zinc supplementation can help slow AMD 3.
4. Oxidative Stress
We know the damage certain environmental toxins cause. Type 2 diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, autoimmune conditions, cancer, lung disease and heart problems, to name a few.
Alcohol, tobacco, heavy metals, pesticides and pollution are just some toxins that cause a high level of oxidative stress on the body.
Zinc acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, meaning it can reduce internal stress and inflammation levels.
How to Boost your Zinc Levels
Before we dive in, a word of caution. Many people take zinc on its own to benefit their health, but we must keep zinc balanced with other minerals, mainly copper. With an imbalance, you can easily create anxiety and stress. The ideal ratio of zinc to copper is 10 to 1, and you can easily create optimal balance using our BMD and EMPower Plus. You get the added benefit of copper and being immune enhancing.
BMD & EMPower Plus
BMD with K2 is a properly balanced, extremely bioavailable mineral supplement with just the right vitamins to ensure that you don't just feel good about taking it but that you feel great.
BMD consists of 7 properly balanced bone-building and hormone-balancing minerals. Three vitamins are necessary for the absorption and proper assimilation of calcium in the body, and proprietary absorption technology ensures that the minerals get to where they need to go in the body.
Remember… you aren't what you eat but rather what you absorb.
EMPower Plus is our time-tested formula that has radically transformed hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide over the past 20 years. It is a game-changing, performance-enhancing combination of 36 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.
We use State-of-the-art Apex Biosynthesis production methods to ensure optimal absorption and achieve unmatched life-changing results to attain mental well-being that has been scientifically validated in 36 medical journal publications.
Simply put, this is the all-in-one micronutrient proven in dozens of independent studies to increase an individual's mental and physical well-being significantly.
In addition to supplementation, you can also increase your intake of zinc-rich foods. These include oysters, meat, seeds, nuts, lentils, oatmeal, cheese and yogurt.
All the best,
Simon Brazier. Dip HN, NNCP
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