New Discovery: How Zinc Can Help with Infections.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 19, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that zinc can prevent inflammation that could be damaging to the body.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/new-discovery-how-zinc-can-help-with-infections) notes, zinc is known to help fight off viruses and bacteria, and a new study shows one big reason why: zinc controls infections by gently halting the body’s immune response in order to prevent inflammation that can be quite damaging.
As the article “New Discovery: How Zinc Can Help with Infections” reports, protein lures zinc into cells that are first-responders against infection. Zinc moderates this fight and, as such, helps balance the immune response. If a virus strikes a person that has low levels of zinc, the consequences include excessive inflammation (the cause of a myriad of illnesses). And as the article notes, about two billion people in the world suffer zinc deficiency.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article notes that these findings may help to explain why taking zinc tablets or lozenges at the start of a common cold helps to stem the effects of the illness. But the big thing to note here is that without proper zinc levels during an infection, the body is at a disadvantage, because its defense system is inappropriately amplified.
The article also outlines a previous study that showed that zinc-deficient mice experienced significant inflammation in response to “sepsis” (the body’s severe response to bacteria). Zinc supplementation improved outcomes in the zinc-deficient mice.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by noting that most adults need eight to 11 milligrams (mg) of zinc a day. Zinc is predominantly found in red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, whole grains, and dairy products. There are also supplements. More than 40 mg a day of zinc is too much.
(SOURCE: “ZIP8 Regulates Host Defense through Zinc-Mediated Inhibition of NF-κB,” Cell Reports, published online February 7, 2013.)
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