Protect Yourself Daily with a Zinc Lozenge

Protect Yourself with a Zinc Lozenge

Zinc deficiency is the 11th major risk factor in global distribution of disease burden and is associated with 1.8 million deaths annually (World Health Organization. The World Health Report, 2002). Zinc is essential in immune system function and maintaining normal white blood cell activity.

It acts as a “co-enzyme” for over 100 enzymatic reactions in the human body. It is also responsible for preserving the most powerful anti-oxidant in the body, “glutathione”. (Saper, R. B., & Rash, R. (2009). American family physician)

Zinc is typically not abundant in the “standard American diet”. A few good sources we can find it in are calf’s liver, crimini mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, spinach, oysters, and venison. With that said individuals typically do not intake nearly enough of these sources of zinc throughout the course of a week to hit the amount needed.

The Doctor’s Advice at Symmetry Health Center

Supplementing 1 zinc lozenge/ day can help remedy this common deficiency. One of the primary actions of the zinc lozenge is to fight a sore throat. It acts to bathe and thereby guard epithelial cells in the throat against foreign invaders. This can therefore line the mucosal layers of the mouth and protect these tissues from viruses entering the deeper layers of the respiratory tract (lungs).

Before the COVID-19 pandemic invaded our lives, a sore throat was nothing to be concerned about, but in times like these we cannot afford to be lackadaisical about our immune health. We know that a sore throat can be an indicator of more serious symptoms to come and those that can often take us to the doctor’s office.

Zinc lozenges are an easy cost effective strategy to protect our bodies and promote preventative health. Symmetry Health Center strongly recommends adding a single zinc lozenge from Nutri-West to your daily supplement routine! Text or Email us today for pick up and drop off options! 510-769-0125 or 510-654-2207

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