Importance of Zinc for the Immune System

Zinc might just be one of the most important trace minerals. Learn more about the importance of zinc—especially for the immune system. 

0:00 Zinc and immune system health
0:15 Zinc functions 
0:37 Zinc deficiency and your immune system
1:37 Best sources of zinc 
2:15 What can prevent zinc absorption? 

In this video, we’re going to talk about zinc and your immune system. Zinc is probably one of the most important trace minerals because it does so many different things. But, one of the most important health benefits of zinc is that it can help support the immune system. 

Zinc is involved in:
• Genes and making DNA
• Many different enzymes
• Protein synthesis 
• Wound healing 
• Heart health 
• Joint health 
• Insulin 
• Thymus function
• Gonads

What can happen in relation to your immune system if you have a zinc deficiency:
• Thymic atrophy 
• Decreased lymphocytes 
• Defective white blood cell response 
• Low recovery rate 
• Increased duration of infections 
• Increased inflammation 
• Increased oxidative stress
• Decreased capacity to fight off infections
• Increased susceptibility to viruses and infections

Foods high in zinc:
• Oysters
• Red meat 
• Seafood/fish
• Pumpkin seeds

If you want to take zinc supplements, I think a good choice is zinc bisglycinate chelate. 

There are certain things that can prevent the absorption of zinc, such as:
• Phytates 
• Oxalates 
• Antacids 
• Malabsorption (pre-existing gut damage or inflammation) 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

Thanks for watching! I hope this video helps you better understand the importance of zinc for the immune system.
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