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Zinc Deficiency and Immune Function

Supplementing Zinc has been shown to shorten the duration of the common cold.  Very recent research (July, 2014) sheds more light on why this is so.  Scientists at Ohio State University discovered that zinc is necessary for a balanced response by the immune system to infection.  Specifically, they discovered a "critical immune system pathway that relies on zinc to stop overproduction of an inflammatory protein...that can start to destroy healthy cells." (Science Daily, July15, 2014)  This is particularly important during any kind of serious infection in which sepsis is a risk.  Considering that zinc is very important for mucous membranes (sinuses, throat, stomach, intestines), it's a mineral that you don't want to be deficient in.  Some of the best dietary sources of zinc include meat (beef), eggs, dairy and oysters.
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