Posted by admin | Posted in Nutrition, Prevention | Posted on 10-03-2013
Many people take supplements of zinc to fight colds, and a new study may explain how the mineral that apparently helps fight infections by balancing the response of the immune system.
Researchers believe the results help reduce a significant gap that has existed in understanding how this relatively simple metal helps to defend us from infection. Zinc deficiency affects about two billion people worldwide, including 40 percent of people in the United States. This can have serious consequences on vulnerable people.
Red meat and poultry are rich in zinc. Other foods that contain zinc are beans, nuts, certain seafood, whole grains, fortified cereals and dairy products. The essential mineral works by stopping the action of a protein known to play an important role in the immune response to infection. As a result, generates prevents uncontrolled inflammation. Zinc deficiency, at the time of infection, particularly sepsis – a systemic response to overwhelming infection common among patients in an intensive care unit – may be harmful or even fatal.
Zinc is a critical element to be obtained from the diet, and typically, if gaps are the same, is usually observed other nutritional deficiencies. Most adults may receive 8 mg to 11 mg of zinc day.