Can Zinc help you AVOID problems with COVID-19?

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zinc(NaturalHealth365) While other minerals often get all the glory, zinc often goes unnoticed, yet it’s essential to healthy immune function.  Zinc is a critical part of many bodily processes and a deficiency in this mineral can result in many health problems, such as chronic fatigue, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, hair loss, and a compromised immune system.

Along with its long list of health benefits, zinc also shows promise in helping you avoid problems with COVID-19.  For example, in a recent YouTube video, Roger Seheult, MD, a pulmonologist and critical care specialist delves into some data from South Korea and whether intracellular zinc may be able to help prevent COVID-19.

The video looks closely at a study done on the way zinc inhibits coronavirus – specifically SARS-CoV – and arterivirus, and offers some insight on how zinc may also help fight COVID-19.

Zinc has the potential to block virus replication

According to the study published in PLOS Pathogens back in 2010, zinc worked to inhibit coronavirus RNA polymerase activity. What this does is block RNA synthesis, which means that the virus isn’t able to keep replicating.

Basically, by blocking replication of the virus, it slows the virus down. Since SARS-CoV is very similar to what we see in COVID-19 (they are both types of coronavirus), it’s very likely that zinc works in the same way on COVID-19, slowing down the replication of this virus.

Of course, it’s essential to note that it’s intracellular zinc, zinc that’s inside of your cells, that can block virus replication. This means that popping a few zinc lozenges may not help you.

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There’s currently no evidence to show that taking zinc orally will increase your intracellular zinc. However, if you’re zinc deficient, it stands to reason that your intracellular levels would also be low, so boosting zinc intake is definitely worth pursuing.

So, if you’re concerned about COVID-19 … talk to your integrative physician (today) about the proper amount of zinc that’s best for you.  And, here’s a reference from the NIH for RDA levels and good food sources of zinc.

Liposome technology offers a way to effectively get zinc into the cells

So how do you get zinc into your cells to boost intracellular zinc levels?

Liposome technology is the answer.  The liposomal delivery technology involves making tiny fatty acid bubbles (submicroscopic) that are called liposomes, and those liposomes can be used to encapsulate substances such as zinc.  Liposomal products fuse with your cell membranes to ensure efficient intracellular delivery.

When you swallow these liposomes with zinc (or any other nutrient), they’re absorbed directly and transported to where needed.  Then they fuse with your cells, releasing the supplement right in through the cell membrane.

Keep in mind, when choosing a liposome product, it’s essential to look for those with small liposomes – those between 50-120 nanometers are the most effective. You’ll also want to look for brands that use plant-sourced lipids, which are the most beneficial and stable for your body.

Sources for this article include:

WebMD.com
PLOS.org
YouTube.com
NaturalMedicineJournal.com
NaturalHealth365.com