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Zinc is a foundational mineral and one of the most common deficiencies in the world. Zinc is essential to human and animal growth patterns and has a vital role in the development of hormones and immune molecules. Zinc is one of the best mineral supplements to boost and balance out a tired and over stimulated immune system.
Experts predict that almost 2 billion people—which is roughly 25% of the world’s population—is deficient in zinc (1). This is thought to be from inadequate consumption through the individual’s diet. From a functional health perspective there is a lot more zinc deficiency in our society due to poor biochemical pathways.
When we have poor blood sugar signaling due to a diet that is high in sugar and carbohydrates we are unable to adequately absorb zinc. Individuals with gut issues are often deficient in zinc from poor absorption.
Consuming high amounts of phytic acids in grains and legumes can adversely affect zinc levels. The regular use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) depletes zinc levels in the body as well.
Zinc is Critical For Immune Health:
Zinc is critical for balancing the immune system and keeping the Th-1 and Th-2 systems in check. Zinc potentiates the action of the human cytokine interferon alpha, a protein that inhibits viral replication. This reduces immunological stress and improves the immune coordination (2).
Zinc is also a very specific component of specific enzymes in the body including superoxide dismutatse enzymes (SODs). SOD is a powerful intracellular anti-oxidant that protects the cellular genomics and prevents against viral infection and toxic debris accumulation within the cellular matrix.
Zinc Reduces Inflammatory Conditions in the Body:
When the immune system recognizes a pathogen it sets off a series of molecules to create a process that activates the innate immune response. This process involves the Nuclear Factor – kappa Beta (NF-kB) pathway. Healthy immunity depends upon sensitive NF-kB activity but must reduce the over stimulation of NF-kB or we risk chronic inflammation (3).
Zinc plays an important role at it binds to a protein within the NF-kB pathway that halts its activity (4). This is a programmed shut down of the NF-kB pathway that reduces the effects of too much inflammatory activity within the cells. Without adequate zinc the NF-kB pathway gets over stimulated and creates chronic inflammatory conditions that have been linked to degenerative processes (5).
Zinc Helps Reduce Cancer Cell Growth:
Zinc’s modulatory effect on NF-kB makes it a formidable player in the prevention of cancer cell growth patterns. It has been shown to decrease tumor cell angiogenesis and the induction of inflammatory cytokines. It also increases apoptosis (programmed cell death) in abnormal cell lines which reduces the chances of cancer growth (6).
Research shows that zinc is particularly important in prostate and breast cancers. A 2012 study showed that individuals with BRCA1 gene (strongly associated with breast cancer development) that had the highest levels of zinc had the lowest risk of cancer development. The study also showed that those with the lowest zinc levels had significantly elevated risk of developing breast cancer (7).
The primary gene protecting men from prostate cancer and women from breast cancer is the p53 gene. This is thought to be the guardian of the human genome. When this gene becomes mutated it allows for the development of cancer. The gene requires zinc and zinc deficiencies are shown to cause mutated versions of the p53 gene (8). This dramatically raises the risk of breast and prostate cancer cell development (9).
Introducing Zinc Charge:
Zinc Charge™ is a fully reacted, proprietary TRAACS® amino acid chelate formulated for enhanced absorption. As an essential mineral, zinc serves catalytic, structural and regulatory functions in the body. Zinc ultimately supports immune and neurological function, wound healing, growth, taste acuity, nutrient metabolism, and reproductive health.*
The recommended daily allowance for zinc is between eight to eleven milligrams for most adults. However, for functional health most progressive nutritionists and doctors recommend between 30-40 mg/daily.
Zinc can be a problem when one supplements with more than 100 mg/daily, especially when it is done without additional copper. Zinc Glycinate—an Albion® TRAACS amino acid chelate—is a high-potency source of zinc formulated for enhanced absorption. In this form, zinc is coupled with two glycine molecules to facilitate its absorption across the intestinal wall and reduce interference from phytates and competing minerals (10).
Zinc Charge supports the immune system and proper enzymatic function by providing high potency zinc in 20mg doses.