Cold and flu season is coming and with it starts the advertising machine.
Magazines, radio and television are filled with advertisements for zinc supplements to treat colds. The thing is these ads usually start when the colds and flus are already out there. Zinc should be introduced all year into your nutritional routine. Think of zinc as a prophylactic. The word prophylactic comes from the Greek for "an advance guard."
The mineral zinc takes part in dozens of biochemical reactions in the body, working hand in hand with close to 100 different enzymes. Your immune system needs zinc in order to work properly, and your skin uses zinc to heal wounds. Without zinc, you wouldn't be able to taste or smell normally.
Zinc is most abundant in animal proteins like beef, chicken and some types of seafood, namely oysters. Other good sources include nuts, legumes, whole grains, dairy products and fortified breakfast cereals like Whole Grain Total.
"Zinc is particularly well absorbed from meats, eggs and seafood and is absorbed less efficiently from plant foods," explains Jane Higdon, Ph.D., Oregon State University. "The government's recommendation of 8 milligrams daily for women and 11 milligrams daily for men takes into account that zinc absorption varies based on the types of foods eaten." Vegetarians and non-meat eaters should pay particular attention to zinc since their diets lack the richest sources of this important mineral. Fortified foods with 100 percent of the Daily Value for zinc can be a useful source of zinc in a regular and vegetarian diet.
When we think of colds and flus we tend to rely too much on fighting it off once we have them rather than building our immune system up first to ward off the infection or virus in the first place. If we all took a little more time to plan and prepare our bodies then our bodies would be more prepared to fight.
One of the best ways we know how to get "An Advanced Guard" is by wearing one of our RESTORE PATCHES by wearing a vitamin patch daily you can be assured you are getting the proper Zinc into your body to best prepare it to fight for you when the time comes.
The best defense is a great offense and planning now to prepare for later will always give you the best possible outcome.
Shane Griffin CNP, ROHP