Not only pneumonia is preventable with zinc, but it can save your life and prevent other disease also.
Zinc is a vital nutrient. Most people don’t know it – including a surprising number of doctors – but in addition to getting sick more often, zinc deficiency stunts growth and lengthens the amount of time your body needs to heal from cuts, bruises, and other wounds.
Zinc Can Save You from Pneumonia
Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung, especially of the alveoli (microscopic air sacs in the lungs) associated with fever, chest symptoms, and consolidation on a chest radiograph.
While typically caused by an infection there are a number of non infectious causes. Infectious agents include: bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Non infectious causes include chemical burns, physical injury, drug reactions and vascular complications.
Typical symptoms include cough, chest pain, fever, and difficulty breathing. Diagnostic tools include x-rays and examination of the sputum. Vaccines to prevent certain types of pneumonia are available. Treatment depends on the underlying cause with presumed bacterial pneumonia being treated with antibiotics.
Getting pneumonia is not simply a case of having the bad luck of running into the wrong kind of bacteria. You can take simple steps to prevent it.
One of the keys is getting enough of a specific mineral you may be lacking. For example, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition just revealed a strong link between zinc and pneumonia in retirees.
Researchers found that people with normal zinc levels had much lower rates of pneumonia.
Those with healthy zinc levels were also less likely to need new antibiotic prescriptions to treat pneumonia. And those who did decide to take antibiotics went off them twice as fast as the low-zinc group. And they beat pneumonia almost twice as fast overall.
Zinc is Too Important to Ignore
This is great news, since pneumonia is one of top ten causes of death for older folks. But that’s not all: the study also found that death rates overall were significantly lower among people with healthy zinc levels, regardless of whether or not they had pneumonia.
Zinc is also a heart-health booster. In one key study of dietary zinc in 3,500 people in India, those who got less than 7 mgs per day were more likely to suffer from heart disease. They had higher rates of high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels (the “bad” fat that leads to blocked arteries), and low HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind) – all factors that put you on the fast track to a heart attack.
The same study found lower rates of diabetes in the zinc-healthy group.
And that’s the third major reason: zinc plays a key role in helping your pancreas regulate how much insulin it makes and releases into your bloodstream.
It also gives your body a hand in absorbing and converting sugar into energy. When your body can’t do either very well, you’ve got diabetes.
Finally, zinc’s a proven cancer fighter, particularly for men. In fact, it’s critical to prostate health: of all the organs in the body, the prostate gland contains the highest concentration of zinc.
When you consider that heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory illness are among the leading causes of death in any given year worldwide, you can see how important zinc really is. And, it’s not only great for folks over 50, but it’s great for any age.
Where to Find Good Sources of Zinc
Good sources of zinc are:
• Lean meats
• Seafood (especially oysters)
Of course, always go for free-range, wild-caught, hormone-free, and organic if you can.
You can also find zinc supplements on-line or in health food stores. Dr.Sears recommends 30 mg per day to get the maximum benefit.
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