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|Zinc to improve immunity and the Thymus gland function. |
Did you know that a survey of our nation determined that 67% of the nation are not getting the recommended dietary intake of zinc. If you do not have enough dietary zinc, you can suffer from lowered immune function and impaired thymus function. Besides not getting enough zinc in the diet, if one consumes to much alcohol, or has chronic disease like celiac, diabetes, or IBS diarrhea, you can exasperate the deficiency making it worst. If you are a vegetarian, have a low protein diet, have experienced trauma of any kind, have cirrhosis of the liver, you are at risk of zinc deficiency.
Zinc plays a key role in immunity, its effects the thymus, hormones, white blood cell function and signaling, and effects our “innate immunity.” Zinc is essential for thymus health and function. The thymus regulates signaling hormones for the immune system: thymosin, thymopoeitin, and serum thymic factor. The thymus also regulates T cells, monocytes and macrophages, dendritic cells, and natural killer cells or NK cells. Zinc is a key mineral needed by the thymus gland to maintain a healthy immune system.
Zinc is also a direct antiviral agent. Zinc inhibits the growth of many viruses in its ionic state. When viruses infect a cell, a virus injects RNA into the cell, and zinc can inhibit the replication of the RNA that was inserted. Zinc must be absorbed by cells and depends on an open ionophore, fortunately several natural compounds act as a zinc ionophore, quercetin is one natural ionophore. Taking quercetin with zinc can increase inter-cellular zinc, that is zinc inside the cell which will help the cell prevent RNA replication in its self.
If you are not taking zinc, please consider taking some daily in a supplement, and also add quercetin as well.
As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule daily.