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Zinc: A multi-functional nutrient that helps support the immune system

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When it comes to keeping your immune system in tip-top shape, Zinc is an essential nutrient that will help in the prevention of infection and illness. This multi-functional ingredient helps maintain the body’s ability to make new cells and enzymes, whilst processing carbohydrates, fat and protein in food.

Whether it be a seasonal allergy such as hay fever, or even little cuts and scrapes, evidence suggests that zinc is helpful in minimising symptoms and increasing the speed of healing muscles and wounds.

How does Zinc help your immune system?

There are numerous ways in which zinc supports the immune system, the main being activating enzymes in order to break down the proteins in viruses and bacteria, so they are less able to spread. By increasing the activation of cells responsible for fighting infection, Zinc then helps cells destroy microbes such as E. coli by overloading them, which then results in killing them off.

Other benefits of supplementing Zinc.

Inflammation is your body's way of protecting itself from infection, illness, or injury. Zinc is ‘lured’ into cells that fight infection, which helps prevent the immune system from spiralling out of control. However, when there is not enough Zinc in the body, inflammation is triggered through oxidative stress.

Blood sugar control
Some research suggests that Zinc may help keep blood sugar levels steady, whilst slowly improving your bodies sensitivity to insulin secretion. Insulin is the hormone responsible for transporting sugar from your bloodstream to your tissues.

Heart health
Studies have shown the relationship between the total amount of zinc in the body and cardiac function. By supplementing Zinc, you can help to decrease levels of total and “bad” LDL cholesterol, as well as blood triglycerides, which could potentially aid in preventing heart disease. In addition to essential metabolic functions, the level of zinc in the body also affects the heart muscle.

Fight acne
A natural, inexpensive way to help in the relief of acne, Zinc supplements are often used to promote skin health and treat skin conditions. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, topical zinc may help clear acne-causing bacteria from the skin and reduce oil production.

So, next time you’re feeling run-down, think about supplementing zinc! To discover if Zinc is advised for your own lifestyle and goals, complete our short questionnaire to get a recommendation of seven Nourishments suited to you. Alternatively, choose from our 28 different nutrients, vitamins and superfoods and create your own unique blend in the Lab.

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