Zinc is very important for the immune system and people who are deficient often seem to catch one thing after another. There are studies that show taking zinc can reduce the duration and severity of ills and chills by 50%. Zinc is an antiviral agent, which is released into the saliva providing a first line of defence against any ingested bugs. It is depleted rapidly in viral infections as the body uses it quickly to inhibit virus replication, as well as for many other immune defense functions
Signs of Zinc deficiency are white spots on fingernails, hypoglycemia, food and environmental allergies, joint pains (especially knee pain), fatigue, headaches (especially migraine headaches), bowel dysfunction (such as irritable bowel syndrome), easy bruising, dizziness, insomnia, poor memory and difficulty concentrating. Poor stress control, nervousness, anxiety, mood swings, severe inner tension, episodic anger, poor short-term memory and depression are other common symptoms.
It is well recognized that anxious or angry people have high pyrroles and low zinc. People with violent behaviors usually have ZINC DEFICIENCY.
Zinc is naturally present in food such as oysters, meat, poultry, dairy products, eggs, fish, beans, whole grains and nuts. Other good sources are pumpkin and sunflower seeds which are great toasted and are cheap and tasty to throw on your salads. For vegetarians kelp and spirulina would be great sources.
Herbs that contain high Zinc:
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