Zinc Supplements - Think Zinc !
The immune system is adversely affected by even moderate degrees of zinc deficiency. Severe zinc deficiency depresses immune function.
Zinc's role in strengthening a women's immune system is rapidly being recognized as critical. Without enough zinc, the body can't produce thymulin -- a substance which helps make mature T-cells, some of the body's strongest defenders against infections and cancer. The immune system weakens with age, and zinc deficiency may be partly to blame.
Zinc deficiency is now recognized as a common public health problem: nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of inadequate zinc intake.
Zinc deficiency has now been recognized to be associated with many diseases - malabsorption syndrome, chronic liver disease, chronic renal disease, sickle cell disease, diabetes, malignancy and other chronic illnesses.
Zinc sulphate appeared to reduce the number of episodes and the recovery time of cold sores in patients in an August 2005 study at the University of Medicines and Surgery, Naples, Italy. Other studies have shown that zinc works well against cold sores.
As new studies reveal the dramatic role minerals play in maintaining health and fighting disease, medical science is recognizing zinc as a natural treatment that can be safe, inexpensive and beneficial for the whole body.
In a new book, Natural Prescriptions, Dr. Robert M. Giller, recommends zinc for over 25 disorders including acne, cold sores, eczema, burns, glaucoma, impotence, tendinitis, PMS, diabetes and macular degeneration. He backs his advice with published medical research and 20 years of clinical experience. Dr. Giller writes that adequate zinc intake can play a role in preventing or slowing the development of many diseases.
A USDA study found that semen volume dropped 30 percent when zinc intake was low. And research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that male volunteers consuming only 1.4 milligrams of zinc exhibited decreased semen volumes and serum testosterone concentrations.
Zinc deficiency has been found to have a severe impact on the male prostate gland. According to David Perlmutter, M.D., zinc deficiency predisposes the prostate to infection (prostatis) which may lead to scarring and enlargement of the prostate gland. Physicians, therefore, are recommending supplemental zinc for overall prostate health. The progressive enlargement of the prostate gland is thought to occur because of an accumulation of the male hormone testosterone which converts into a much more potent hormone that causes prostate cells to multiply.
Oral and esophageal cancers are associated with nutritional zinc deficiency, and a rise in the expression of the enzyme COX-2 is connected with these cancers.
Zinc given orally to zinc-deficient rats reverses the development of precancerous conditions in the esophagus and tongue. These findings suggest that zinc supplements may prevent the development of esophageal or oral cancers. Zinc in the diet comes mostly from red meat and seafood. Up to 10 percent of Americans have a zinc-deficient diet.
Epidemiological evidence show the incidence of esophageal and oral cancers is rising in recent years. As many as 13,000 Americans die from esophageal cancer each year.
Zinc deficiency increases cell proliferation in the esophagus and in the tongue, making both areas susceptible to carcinogens and increasing the risk of cancer development. Rats given a carcinogen while on a zinc-deficient diet developed esophageal cancer. Giving zinc prevented the cancer.
Zinc also plays a role in maintaining vision. In particular, it's needed for night vision and it may also slow the progression of macular degeneration, a disorder of the retina that is the leading cause of severe loss of vision in older women.
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