Zinc Lozenges 23mg (60 lozenges)
DESCRIPTION: Zinc Lozenges 23 mg supply bioavailable zinc, are sweetened with stevia leaf extract, and flavored with natural lemon flavor. Each lozenge contains 23 mg of zinc in the forms of zinc citrate and zinc gluconate.
FUNCTIONS: Zinc is an essential element involved in most major metabolic pathways. General zinc deficiency has been recognized in the U.S. population. Studies on the role of zinc in the body indicate that zinc has an important function in maintaining immune function, reproduction, healthy skin and growth. Numerous studies support the fundamental role of zinc in healthy immune response in humans. Immune cells must be able to rapidly divide to respond to immune challenges. Like all rapidly dividing cells, immune cells depend on adequate amounts of dietary zinc. As a cofactor of the antioxidant superoxide dismutase (SOD), zinc is recognized as an antioxidant nutrient. Zinc supplementation has been shown to increase the antioxidant activity of SOD, and provide increased free radical protection. Zinc deficiency, which has been shown to be widespread in the U.S., is associated with increased oxidative damage. The absorption of toxic heavy metals, especially cadmium and lead, is lower in individuals with higher zinc status versus those with low zinc status. The body pool of readily available zinc appears to be small, which renders the body susceptible to deficiency, and therefore, dependent on a steady dietary supply of bioavailable zinc. While typical zinc intake in U.S. adults is between 10-15 mg per day, which approaches the RDA, intake of zinc in the elderly is often quite low. Pregnant women and their fetuses are also at risk for zinc deficiency, since they have a greater requirement for this trace element. Frequently, vegetarians and chronically depressed individuals have been found to have low zinc status. Finally, individuals who are dealing with stress, are immune challenged or are hospitalized will usually have low zinc levels.
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