There is a lot of talk about zinc as we move into cold and flu season and in the wake of everything going on with covid. Although Zinc has always been utilized in our bodies, our awareness of the mineral is higher than ever. And this is for good reason. Zinc appears to be involved in hundreds of our body’s enzymatic reactions. It has antioxidant effects. It heightens our immune response by increasing our white blood cell counts. It bas been linked to increased energy. It has been labeled “anti-viral” because it seems block a virus’ ability to replicate, especially if taken at the onset of a viral infection.
From what I have read in the science, getting enough zinc really matters. Our bodies don’t appear to store it, so daily consumption appears to be important, however we can overdue it and throw our zinc-copper ratio out of balance, so finding your perfect amount matters. Many people seem to think that taking 15-30mg a day works for them. Others report much more. Some people spread their consumption out during the day for better absorption and others barely remember to take it once a day. It appears to be important for children, teens, adults, and the elderly, and I often see it included in some of the top functional health leaders’ (that I follow) supplement routines.
So with this information, we do the following to make sure that we are including zinc on a regular basis:
- Eat zinc rich foods on a regular basis including pastured lamb, pastured beef, liver, pastured egg yolks, tahini, pumpkin seeds and wild rice.
- Take appropriate levels of zinc for each of us in the form of zinc mineral drops or zinc supplementation (and we try to take one that takes in consideration the zinc-copper ratio.)
- Supplement with zinc lozenges when we feel a cold or flu coming on. As soon as we feel something coming on, we take a lozenge every few hours for the first couple of days.
These seem to do the trick for us. We find that when we don’t have our zinc, we tend to get more colds that last longer, which is not something that we want to do.