What is it?
Zinc is an essential mineral that our body does not synthesize, an important trace element that people need to stay healthy. It helps the functioning of the cellular structure and immunity of the immune system, where it supports the fight against bacteria and viruses that invade the body.
It has antioxidant properties that play a critical role in the metabolism of many proteins and the stimulation of more than 300 essential enzymes in the body.
It is found in cells throughout the body. It effectively contributes to reducing reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the damage they may cause and increasing the effectiveness of insulin.
A recent study examined the links between zinc levels in people hospitalized with COVID-19 and the progression and outcome of the disease. The study found that participants with low zinc levels had a mortality rate of 21% compared to 5% in those with healthy zinc levels. Also, the clinical recovery time was approximately three times shorter in those with healthy blood zinc levels.
- May help body cells to fight against mortality and duration of COVID-19 processes.
- Participate in the division, growth, and health of cells.
- Supports better wound healing and carbohydrate metabolism.
- Essential mineral for the regeneration of cellular tissues and the synthesis of DNA.
- It reduces the risk of getting sick with the common cold; if so, it mitigates the symptoms and reduces their duration.
REF: The physiological role of zinc as an antioxidantAuthor links open overlay panelTammy M.BrayWilliam J.Bettger Department of Nutritional Sciences, College of Biological Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1, Canada