Zinc is a trace mineral that plays an essential role in your immune system and in wound healing. It also helps with mood regulation, insulin function, and your ability to taste and get restful sleep. If you have an invisible illness, you should know that people with autoimmune conditions and chronic inflammation often have low zinc levels. That’s probably all you need to hear to be sold on zinc! So where is this magic mineral to be found? The best food sources include red meat, shellfish—especially oysters (hello, happy hour!)—beans, chickpeas and lentils, hemp seeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and cashews. If you're a vegetarian or vegan who loves beans and other zinc-rich plant foods, good for you (beans are sooo healthy!). But you still may need about 50% more zinc to avoid deficiencies, because it’s not easy to absorb zinc from plant foods. If none of these foods are a part of your regular diet, NP! You can take a zinc supplement to make sure you get enough.
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Dishing Up Nutrition: Important Minerals, Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium
We’re sharing the background on why magnesium, zinc, and calcium are important for your body to function. Listen in for signs that you’re getting enough of these minerals and signs, like charley horses, brittle nails, insomnia or migraines, that you may be deficient.
Mastering Nutrition: Zinc Definitely Fights Colds, But You're Probably Using the Wrong Kind
In episode 30, I talk about the use of zinc lozenges to fight colds. While nutritional zinc does support the immune system and your immunity may benefit from zinc supplements or zinc-rich foods, this has nothing to do with the use of zinc lozenges to kill colds. The science behind their use is strong, but it also suggests that most of the dozens of zinc lozenges on the market are absolutely useless. The only ones I currently use and recommend are Life Extension Enhanced Zinc Lozenges.
Mastering Nutrition: Why You Should Measure Your Zinc Status and How to Do It
Do you want beautiful, flawless, radiantly healthy skin? Want to stay healthy during cold season? Want to eat that bagel without your blood sugar spiking through the roof? Then it's time to think about zinc. Zinc is critical to every aspect of our biology, but the first things to go when we run low are our skin health, our immune system, and our glucose tolerance. Zinc, moreover, is critical to antioxidant defense, so should be considered broadly protective against all of the degenerative diseases that occur with aging. Wait, are you too young to care about aging? No problem. You at least want healthy skin, great sex, or a lean physique, so listen up. Zinc-rich foods are harder to come by then you'd think. Nutritional databases can be wildly inaccurate if you don't adjust for inhibitors of zinc absorption in natural foods. And zinc supplements can be valuable, but they're not a panacea. In fact, used wrongly, they can quickly induce a deficiency of copper and other minerals that are just as critical to your health.
- Biological Trace Element Research. The effect of zinc supplementation on insulin resistance in obese subjects: a systematic review. Biological Trace Element Research. The effect of zinc supplementation on insulin resistance in obese subjects: a systematic review.
- Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology. Validity of the copper/zinc ratio as a diagnostic marker for taste disorders associated with zinc deficiency. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology. Validity of the copper/zinc ratio as a diagnostic marker for taste disorders associated with zinc deficiency.
- Mayo Clinic. Zinc. Mayo Clinic. Zinc.
- National Institutes of Health. Zinc. National Institutes of Health. Zinc.
- Neural Plasticity. Zinc in the Monoaminergic theory of depression: Its relationship to neural plasticity. Neural Plasticity. Zinc in the Monoaminergic theory of depression: Its relationship to neural plasticity.
- Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute. Zinc. Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute. Zinc.