Getting worn-out from age? Think zinc!
When you hit a certain age, you might start to feel like a beat-up old car.
But you’re not some run-down Buick on its last miles. You’re a classic Jaguar – because that’s really what your body is: a sleek, powerful, and finely tuned performance instrument.
If you find yourself getting sick more often or more seriously, your doc might tell you that’s it’s just a fact of getting older.
In reality, your engine might not be getting the fuel it needs to keep running – especially zinc.
Because we need zinc in such tiny amounts – it makes up just 0.0032 percent of your body – it doesn’t get much attention. So even though it’s a critical mineral for your immune system function, many seniors fail to get even the tiny levels they need.
But new research shows how just a little boost in zinc levels over a couple of months can get your immune system firing on all cylinders again.
Elderly patients given zinc supplements of 30 mg per day saw their blood levels of zinc rise by 16 percent, enough to bring them up to normal levels in most (but not all) cases.
They also saw immediate benefits: As their zinc levels rose, so did their levels of T cells.
Those are the critical immune system cells that patrol the body in search of problems such as viruses and bacteria. Once they spot an invader, they activate the body’s defense systems and in some cases even kill the infected cells themselves.
If you’ve got good zinc levels and proper T cell function, this system often works so well that you could be exposed to a virus and never even know it.
If you fall short, you’ll seem to catch every bug that comes along and struggle to shake even a simple cold.
The new study focused on elderly patients in nursing homes, but many seniors are low in zinc – especially those who aren’t taking a multivitamin with minerals. If you’re not taking one yourself, or if your multi doesn’t have minerals, it’s time to go shopping.
A good blend will also have other trace minerals essential to immune support such as selenium.
Whatever you do, don’t start gobbling up all the zinc you can find, because too much can be as bad as too little. If you want to know how much you need, get your levels checked next time you visit a doctor.