Zinc Effects on Your Respiratory System

Zinc can have some pretty major effects on your respiratory system. Here’s what you really need to know. 


0:13 Zinc deficiencies— duration of lung infection 
0:20 Zinc deficiencies—decreased T cell function 
1:27 Zinc deficiencies—increased cytokines
2:05 Zinc deficiencies—increased risk of lung infections
2:10 Zinc deficiencies—COPD
2:19 Zinc deficiencies—Increased risk for ARDS, upper respiratory infections, and lower respiratory infections
2:33 Zinc deficiencies—Ventilator-induced injury 
3:24 What to know about a zinc deficiency 

Today we’re going to talk about the effects of zinc on your respiratory system. There is a significant connection between zinc, the immune system, and especially your lungs. 

Potential situations that could occur if you’re deficient in zinc:

• Increased duration of lung infections 
• Diminished T cell function
• Increased cytokines
• Increased risk of lung infections
• People with conditions like COPD are typically deficient in zinc
• Increased risk for ARDS, upper respiratory infections, and lower respiratory infections
• Increased susceptibility of the lungs to ventilator-induced injury 

If you have a lung infection, your body is going to be using so much zinc that chances are you could become deficient. The infection itself can cause a depletion of zinc, and then you lose more of the ability to fight the infection. 

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Thanks for watching! I hope this video helps you better understand the effects of zinc on your respiratory system.
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