Zinc slows down cell damage

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, zinc can potentially slow down that ageing process and keep your cells strong.

You see, your body works hard to repair the damage that naturally occurs in the DNA inside your cells; but as you get older, your cells tire out (just like you do).

That means they’re less able to repair themselves – and that makes you more vulnerable to infections and diseases.

Now, we know that zinc has the power to boost your overall health and prevent infections, but researchers recently found that upping your daily zinc intake can actually slow that DNA damage down.

And all it takes to reduce the breakage of your strands of DNA deep inside your cells is an increase of just 4 mg of this miracle mineral a day.

These findings make a lot of sense, if you consider how essential this mineral is to so many bodily functions. It can keep your vital organs functioning properly… it can protect your eyes from macular degeneration… and, gentlemen, it can even help keep your prostate healthy.

It’s also a great inflammation-fighter – and, as you know, inflammation is frequently a root cause of a lot of the oxidative damage that occurs inside your body right down to the cellular level.

I try to avoid having my patients supplement with zinc, since too much of a good thing can actually be pretty bad here. But your doc may want to boost your intake, if you turn out to be deficient. (And zinc deficiency IS common among patients over the age of 55.)

Just don’t try to go it alone when it comes to zinc – unless, of course, you feel like you’re coming down with a winter cold. In that case, some zinc lozenges can be a life-saver.

In general, you’ll be getting enough of this miracle mineral if you eat a lot of Paleo-friendly foods that are rich in zinc – like oysters, chicken, red meat, chick peas, and even yogurt.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Modest increase in dietary zinc reduces oxidative stress and damage to DNA, study shows, news-medical.net/news/20170103/Modest-increase-in-dietary-zinc-reduces-oxidative-stress-and-damage-to-DNA-study-shows.aspx

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