Zinc Liquid Drops | Dr Mercola | 115ml
Your immune system is your first line of defence against everyday threats and Zinc is essential not only for a healthy immune system and protection against the effects of cellular ageing, it’s required for the proper functioning of your brain, heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys, bone and muscles.
With only a touch of organic apple juice for flavor, Zinc Liquid Drops is made with zinc sulphate. It’s free from citric acid, added flavors (including “natural” flavor), alcohol, corn and other questionable ingredients. With only 15 calories per serving, Zinc Liquid Drops is an easy and delicious way to meet your zinc needs without swallowing pills.
Each serving provides 15 mg of zinc – the perfect dose to support organ and immune health without worry of getting too much.
Higher levels of zinc are associated with optimal cardiovascular health. Researchers now believe zinc may play a key role in regulating how calcium moves in your heart cells and provides support for the normal functioning of your heart.
Lung and Respiratory Health
Studies show that adequate zinc promotes respiratory well-being, especially during seasonal challenges to your health.
Zinc is required for the activity of more than 300 enzymes that assist with metabolism, digestion and other processes. It supports a healthy metabolism, aids carbohydrate and protein metabolism, and the absorption of nutrients.
Zinc helps prevent the accumulation of defective proteins in your brain and plays a key role in helping proteins maintain their proper shape for healthy cognitive function.
Sensory Organ Health
A shortage of zinc often leads to a loss of both taste and appetite. With a deficiency, the cells in your taste and smell organs can actually die faster. Zinc works to help your eyes sense light and transmit nerve impulses to your brain. Lack of smell or taste is one of the classic signs of zinc deficiency.
Zinc plays a key role in your bone matrix and regulates the delicate balance between bone building and bone breakdown, especially important as you age. It also promotes bone mineralization through its role as a co-factor of alkaline phosphatase, an enzyme found in your bone cells.
Protein Synthesis and Wound Healing
Zinc supports healthy skin and the integrity of your mucosal membranes.
Bioavailable zinc is highest in animal foods, like oysters, liver and pastured beef. Not only are they the best sources of zinc, eating these foods may also enhance your absorption of zinc from all sources.Plant sources of zinc are not absorbed nearly as well as animal sources. If you are a vegetarian, you may need as much as 50% more zinc than meat eaters.
Grain, seed, nut and legume eaters
Many legumes, whole grains, seeds and nuts contain phytates and other compounds that bind to zinc and make it harder for your body to absorb.While vegetarians tend to eat plentiful legumes, grains, nuts and seeds, even if you’re not a vegetarian but eat a lot of these foods, you may also be at greater risk.
Pregnant and nursing women
A developing fetus requires high levels of zinc. If a woman starts her pregnancy with marginal zinc levels, she may be at risk of developing a zinc deficiency. Lactation can also deplete a mother’s zinc stores.
Those with excessive alcohol consumption
Up to half of alcoholics have low zinc levels. The consumption of ethanol both decreases intestinal absorption of zinc and increases the excretion of zinc in the urine. Plus, many alcoholics don’t get enough zinc in the types and amounts of foods they typically eat.
Why Healthy Immune Function Requires Zinc
The only mineral more common in your body than zinc is iron.
However, unlike iron, your body cannot store zinc. You must consume it daily to have adequate levels.
A healthy immune system can’t function without it. Zinc is a key messenger of immune cells and the zinc inside your cells participates in important signaling events.
Your body requires zinc to produce its white blood cells that circulate throughout your blood, on alert to mount attacks against invading pathogens.
Zinc also influences antibody and cytokine production, phagocytosis – or the ingestion of unwanted cells or particles, and gene regulation within your white blood cells.
As important as it is for your immune health, zinc has taken a back seat to other nutrients over the years. Conventional medicine just hasn’t given zinc the attention it deserves, but fortunately that’s starting to change.
One reason for this neglect is related to zinc levels being difficult to measure. There are very few accurate methods for testing, unlike iron. Because of that, most people have never been tested for zinc.
While zinc is found throughout your body as part of proteins and nucleic acids, your serum zinc levels don’t always reflect your true zinc status. The same holds true for urine tests and hair analysis.