1. Zinc repairs DNA damage

    If you want to beat aging... think zinc!

    Bum knees. Bags under your eyes. Gray hair. And who knows what that weird lump is.

    Yes, friend, you can look and feel every minute of your age -- and then some.

    But the REAL toll of time is completely invisible. It's the wear-and-tear you CAN'T see or feel that plays a much bigger role on your health.

    As you age, your DNA practically unwinds -- like when you pull a thread on your sweater and pretty soon the whole lousy thing starts coming apart.

    Now, the latest research shows a way to STOP that thread from coming loose, LIMIT the wear and tear inside your body, and PROTECT you from the toll of aging.

    And you're going to love this one, because it turns out the secret to healthy aging is locked in a simple mineral that's easy to get.

    It's zinc!

    The new study finds that just 4 mg per day of zinc in addition to your normal intake can stop the breaks in your DNA that cause it to unwind.

    Even more amazingly, it works in just six weeks!

    Over that short space of time, folks given just a little extra zinc got a boost in their level of proteins that work to repair DNA as well as the proteins that fight both oxidative stress and inflammation.

    That, in turn, can help slash your risk of everything from chronic disease to constant pain.

    There's a flaw in this study, and it's a doozy: The folks behind it are pushing "biofortified" crops, or crops specially grown to have high levels of minerals.

    In this case, it's "zinc rice" and "zinc wheat."

    Sounds like Frankenfood to me! Besides, with or without zinc, you really shouldn't be eating rice or wheat anyway.

    But you SHOULD be eating plenty of foods rich in this essential mineral.

    The best sources of zinc are beef and lamb, but both are also loaded with saturated fat... so neither are great options for everyday eating.

    You're better off getting zinc from nuts, seeds, and veggies like spinach and peas. The amounts are lower, but you shouldn't have any trouble getting what you need if you eat these foods at every meal and take a decent multivitamin each day.

    Don't take a supplement unless you know you're falling short -- and the only way to know for sure is to get tested.

    If you're concerned about your zinc levels (and if you've been eating a mainstream diet, you probably should be) tell your doc you want to get checked.

  2. Cold cure? Think zinc!

    How to cure the common cold

    Cold season might be months away, but you know how it goes.

    July 4th is already gone, Labor Day is coming up next, and before you know it, you'll be wondering where the summer went.

    Next stop: That magical time of year when everyone seems to be sniffling.

    And while summer colds are less common, they can often make you more miserable -- so either way, it's time to prepare yourself to fight the cold no matter when it strikes.

    Now, the latest research backs one of the safest, simplest and most effective cold cures of all: zinc.

    This potent immune-boosting mineral can fight the rhinovirus behind the cold and stop it from replicating -- and that means fewer symptoms and a quicker recovery.

    As a result, the new analysis of three placebo-controlled studies finds that zinc lozenges will cut the duration of the cold by an average of nearly three days.

    When you consider that the average cold lasts seven to 10 days, that's a major jump in recovery time -- and other studies, including one by the world-famous Cochrane Collaboration, found that zinc can cut your cold duration in half.

    Normally, mainstream studies that find that natural therapies actually do work end up concluding with the authors issuing a snobby statement that we need more research before we can recommend it to patients.

    Don't want to hurt drug sales, do we?

    But not this time. How could they? The results were crystal clear -- so much so that the team behind the new study is practically urging patients to try zinc when they get sick.

    Out with the cold remedies that'll leave you drowsy and miserable... in with the zinc lozenges!

    The new study finds a dose of 100 mg per day will usually knock out the cold, but don't try taking it all at once.

    Too much zinc can cause gas and diarrhea -- and those will only add to your cold misery.

    That's why lozenges are so effective; they deliver small doses that you can take throughout the day. Just watch how much you're taking and limit yourself so that you reach that 100 mg dose over the course of an entire day.

    One important note on this: Don't start eating zinc lozenges or taking zinc supplements daily in hopes of preventing a cold.

    While these doses are perfectly safe for short-term use, you shouldn't start taking zinc supplements daily unless you've been told by a doc you have a deficiency or some other problem and need to boost your levels.

  3. Zinc can boost immune function in seniors

    Zinc deficiency is common in seniors, especially the elderly, but new research shows how boosting your intake can help your immune system fight off illness.
  4. Natural cold remedies

    You can beat the cold, and new research proves again that natural options succeed when drugs fall short.
  5. Balanced diet and balanced sleep

    The best way to sleep well is to eat well. And the best way to eat to get the sleep you need is to make sure you get a variety of healthy foods.
  6. Probiotics can help beat the cold

    A probiotic blend can help reduce the severity of the common cold and shorten the duration, according to the latest research.
  7. The mineral your prostate is begging you for

    When you talk to your doctor about prostate health, the last thing you'd expect from him is a drug that'll make your prostate about as unhealthy as it could possibly be.
  8. Risky vitamins? Don't believe it!

    Common, safe nutrients and ordinary multivitamins are being blamed for everything in the book -- and now, a new study claims any number of vitamins will cause women to die early.
  9. Zinc beats colds

    A simple mineral could help you beat the cold and get you back on your feet -- and back on the job -- quicker than ever. A new study finds that zinc -- the main ingredient in many natural cold lozenges -- is so good at beating back the sniffles that it's practically a cure.
  10. The real secret to saving your eyes

    At some point in the next month, the feds are expected to approve a new drug to help treat macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in seniors.
  11. Spice up your sex life

    Don't give up, and don't turn to dangerous penis pills. If you really want to start cooking in your bedroom, turn to a real spice instead: fenugreek.
  12. Think zinc for cold relief

    The makers of zinc-based supplements have gotten into some trouble with the feds over the years for promising shorter colds and fewer symptoms... but a new analysis finds they were right all along: Zinc's the real deal.
  13. Pneumonia guidelines boost death risk

    A new study finds that intensive-care patients fighting drug-resistant strains of the condition are more likely to die when their doctors follow established guidelines.

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