Are you Zinc Deficient?
As per public health guidelines, good hygiene practices, coughing / respiratory etiquette, staying at home and social distancing remain the best ways of avoiding Covid 19 infection. However, a healthy immune system is of major importance in these post lockdown times.
There are many nutrients involved in the normal functioning of the immune system and The World Health Organization has brought to light a very important dietary deficiency that should be considered: The deficiency of the mineral zinc, a key immune supporting nutrient.
According to the WHO website:
Using food availability data, it is estimated that zinc deficiency affects about one-third of the world’s population, with estimates ranging from 4% to 73% across sub regions. Although severe zinc deficiency is rare, mild-to-moderate zinc deficiency is quite common throughout the world. Worldwide, zinc deficiency is responsible for approximately 16% of lower respiratory tract infections, 18% of malaria and 10% of diarrhoeal disease.
Zinc is one of the big guns in our body’s immune system which acts as a defence for dealing with harmful invaders. A smart move is to make sure that our immune system is not deficient. Among other things it contributes to:
- Normal cognitive function.
- The maintenance of normal fertility and reproduction.
- Normal testosterone levels in the blood.
- Normal function of the immune system.
Food sources of zinc include:
- Meat: beef, lamb, chicken.
- Shellfish: oysters, mussels, crab, etc
- Seeds: pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flaxseed, etc
- Nuts: peanuts, almonds, cashews, etc
- Legumes: lentils, chickpeas, beans, etc
Also an excellent way to ensure you are supplying your body’s daily zinc needs is with a supplement.
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