The essential trace mineral zinc is known for its ability to fight infections and boost your overall health and as a result many people supplement with zinc to ward of cold and flu symptoms.
In addition, zinc also helps with hormone production, growth and repair, facilitates digestion, improves fertility, helps to control blood sugar levels, supports liver function and because it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant it has also shown to help combat diseases associated with oxidative stress and inflammation, like heart disease.
Turning back the clock
And now, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, there’s one more benefit that can be added to the long list of zinc’s health benefits: slowing down the ageing process.
You see, your body is constantly at work trying to repair the natural DNA damage that occurs inside your cells. But as you grow older this reparative mechanism slows down, which makes you more vulnerable to infections and diseases.
Researchers recently found that increasing your daily zinc intake by as little as 4mg can actually slowdown the DNA damage that happens inside your cells.
These findings make a lot of sense, if you consider how essential this mineral is to so many bodily functions. It can keep your vital organs functioning properly… it can protect your eyes from macular degeneration… and, gentlemen, it can even help keep your prostate healthy.
It’s also a great inflammation-fighter – and, as you know, inflammation is frequently a root cause of a lot of the oxidative damage that occurs inside your body right down to the cellular level.
The tricky thing is that when you supplement with zinc, getting too much can be harmful. So it’s important to work closely with your doctor or an alternative health specialist to find out how much zinc you need to supplement with. And if you are 55 and older, remember that zinc deficiency is very common.
Just don’t try to go it alone when it comes to zinc – unless, of course, you feel like you’re coming down with a winter cold. In that case, some zinc lozenges can be a life-saver.
In general, you’ll be getting enough of this miracle mineral if you eat a lot of Paleo-friendly foods that are rich in zinc – like oysters, chicken, red meat, chickpeas, and even yoghurt.
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10 Powerful Zinc Benefits, Including Fighting Cancer, published online draxe.com/zinc-benefits/
Modest increase in dietary zinc reduces oxidative stress and damage to DNA, study shows, news-medical.net/news/20170103/Modest-increase-in-dietary-zinc-reduces-oxidative-stress-and-damage-to-DNA-study-shows.aspx