Back in Motion Chiropractic
July 2020 Newsletter
Does the president’s medical team know something about zinc research that we don’t?
Is zinc overlooked?
Last week the media was in an uproar because U.S. President Donald Trump reported he was taking the “unapproved” drug hydroxychloroquine for protection against COVID-19.
At the same time, Trump stated he was also taking a zinc supplement as a preventative measure, but the media has been strangely quiet about this second part of the president’s “protective duo.”
It’s possible it was simply an oversight.
Or it could be that since approximately 70% of broadcast media’s advertising revenue comes from pharmaceutical companies, they’re simply not interested in providing coverage to any natural health alternative to prescription drugs.
But if the most powerful and protected person in the world is advised by his own doctors to take a zinc supplement, isn’t it something that should be reported and examined by the media?
The masses receive repeated media advice—provided by the Centers for Disease Control—that tells them to wash their hands, maintain social distancing and to wear masks. But conspicuously absent is any advice on strengthening the immune system with zinc—like the president does.
We can access the same research
Time to learn
While we may not have our own team of health professionals, or our own personal hospital vehicle following our limousine around, we can do one thing the president’s physicians do: we can avail ourselves to the available research on zinc.
With that in mind, let us take a look at a few of the studies the president’s own advisors are basing their recommendations on.
• In another 2019 study, conducted at the University of Queensland, researchers demonstrated how the immune system uses zinc to fight uropathogenic Escherichia coli—the major cause of urinary tract infections.
• A 2016 study by Tufts University found that providing zinc supplements to older adults in nursing homes increased their serum zinc levels and improved their immune response, providing potential protection against infection.
• A 2014 study published by The Cochrane Library found zinc supplements reduced diarrhea and other infections in children, and boosted the immune system overall.
Research on zinc is extensive
Want to know more?
These four studies are just the tip of the iceberg of course.
Notwithstanding the fact that social media companies label any positive claims about vitamins and minerals as “misinformation,” the studies proving their effectiveness in building the immune system are virtually endless.
For those who want to conduct their own research, the extensive database at PubMed.gov contains hundreds of thousands of studies, including additional material on zinc.
Best food sources of zinc
Eat real food.
Animal products are by far the richest in dietary zinc, as you can see in the list below. Oysters tip the scales at up to 182 mg per serving, but grass-fed beef is also a good source, with about 1 mg of zinc per ounce.
Other good sources include poultry, raw cheese (especially Swiss and gouda), wild-caught seafood and shellfish, raw milk kefir and yogurt, beans, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds. If you are relying on plant sources of zinc, soaking seeds and allowing them to sprout may significantly improve zinc bioavailability.
- Pumpkin seeds (roasted)
- Unsweetened chocolate
- Alaskan king crab
- Cashews (dry roasted)
- Pork shoulder
- Cheddar cheese
- Chicken leg
- Chicken breast