Zinc deficiency means immune deficiency
Posted By Steve Balich -May 18, 2020
By Bob Livingston
Does anyone remember the China study? It wasn’t a proper clinical trial, although it was treated like one. It was a population survey, and the authors drew the conclusion that everyone should become a vegetarian because the people in China their “study” looked at had lower rates of cancer than other people in the world.
Fast forward to today, where the “novel” coronavirus is causing the disease of COVID-19. The virus is an “enveloped” RNA virus that is less susceptible to being eradicated by the immune system. It is especially risky for the immune-compromised. That includes the elderly… but not because of their age.
Firstly, it has more likely been deadly because people taking drugs for autoimmune disorders Prednisone and other steroids) are vulnerable, as are those taking many other pharmaceuticals which deplete vitamin C, which the body uses to create glutathione — our strongest innate antioxidant — and which is an antioxidant all on its own, and which defends against the type of inflammation caused by the coronavirus. Smoking flushes vitamin C out of the body as well.
Second and directly related to the China study, there may be a reason so many in China have died from the virus (as many as 40,000, according to underground reports). The virus is risky to those who are elderly and have weak immune systems due to malnutrition as well. Whom does that include? Malnourished populations such as in Asia where deficiencies of essential nutrients, namely zinc and vitamins C and D, are often prevalent.
Unfortunately, this also includes America, where nearly 90 percent of people may be deficient in zinc. This is mainly due to it being severely depleted by industrial farming practices which don’t allow for nutrient uptake into plants because of accelerated growing times, and which don’t allow for nutrient replenishment of the soil for the same reason.
In case you are interested in a little bit of science, you should know that coronaviruses activate NF-kappa-B which is the key signaling molecule that provokes the inflammation in the lungs that makes it difficult for acute sufferers from the coronavirus to breathe. This can lead to the deadly coronavirus pneumonia mentioned earlier.
Anything therefore that targets and inhibits NF-kappa-B is a candidate for suppressing coronaviruses and their effects. While there are no proven cures for coronavirus, there do exist 785 natural NF-kappa-B inhibitors we already know about. These include vitamins D, C & E (it is the lack of vitamin D in the winter that makes us vulnerable to illness), alpha-lipoic acid, N-acetyl cysteine (a fast-acting antioxidant), resveratrol, quercetin and most importantly, zinc.
Why is zinc so vital? Bill Sardi at Lewrockwell.com points out, “All 18 coronavirus symptoms and signs point to zinc deficiency.
Zinc inhibits coronavirus RNA polymerase enzyme activity, the very methodology by which coronavirus infection is confirmed in the laboratory.”
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In fact, a new artificial intelligence program has just spotted three markers that predict with 80 percent accuracy whether or not someone will develop the coronavirus pneumonia. One of them is an increase in the liver enzyme ALT, or alanine aminotransferase.
This makes sense, considering that a zinc deficiency is directly related to increased ALT. Just one animal model study found that “Zinc deficiency increased (P<0.05) liver … alanine aminotransferase (ALT) activities in a dose-dependent manner.” “P<0.05” means there is very, very little statistical chance it wasn’t the zinc deficiency causing the increased ALT.
This concurs with the Center for Nutritional Sciences at the University of Florida which focused on testing healthy volunteers who were divided into two groups — one which took nutritional supplements containing zinc and the other which was given placebo.
The investigators then analyzed T cells from the participants’ blood samples and simulated infection in laboratory conditions. They found that T cells from the zinc-supplemented group had a higher activation rate than those from the control group.
T cells are responsible for destroying viruses and bacteria and are at the forefront of the body’s immune system response.
You may be surprised to learn that if you suffer from gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, there’s also a good chance your zinc levels are low. These conditions inhibit your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from the foods you eat.
People who consume low protein or vegetable-based diets are also more likely to have lower than ideal zinc levels. Like the folks in China who seem to be susceptible to the coronavirus.
Modern medicine is myopic when it comes to the essential nature of nutrition. How else will the drug companies make money if essential nutrition can keep us healthy?
Which raises the question, why have people 65 and over been susceptible to the coronavirus? A group of researchers from the Agricultural Research Service and the National Institute of Aging evaluated more than 600 elderly nursing home patients age 65 and older. Doctors discovered that 30 percent had low zinc levels. Sadly, those 30 percent of patients with too little zinc also had a significantly higher rate of serious infections, including deadly cases of pneumonia.
Recall that COVID-19 can develop into a deadly form of coronavirus pneumonia.
Fortunately, doctors also pointed out that many of the zinc-deficient patients they examined in the nursing home study were able to reach sufficient levels of zinc intake, and consequently improve their immunity against illness and infection, with supplementation. After monitoring the men and women for approximately one year, the researchers found that those with normal levels of the nutrient were 50 percent less likely to be diagnosed with pneumonia than participants with low concentrations.
The one food most associated with zinc is the oyster, which serves up nearly 500 percent of the RDA per 3-ounce serving. Less impressive, but still considered excellent to very good and good sources, include: crab, fortified cereals, cashews, peanuts, chickpeas, kidney beans, baked beans, toasted wheat germ and chicken, which is generally not thought of as nutrient-filled meat, but in this case, indeed is.
If you choose enough of the right zinc-rich foods, you probably won’t need to worry about taking a zinc supplement. However, if you decide you could benefit from one, the available types are zinc acetate, zinc gluconate, zinc chelate, zinc picolinate and zinc sulfate. Zinc chelate is a form of zinc that allows for easy absorption, is widely available and therefore is the one we would recommend you supplement with.