What doesn’t Zinc do?

In News by Melissa Crispell

Melissa Crispell, CNS, CNHP

Zinc participates in many functions in our body; from DNA synthesis and gene expression to immune function, growth and development. After iron, zinc is the most abundant trace mineral in our bodies. Zinc is necessary for enzymes that help with digestion, metabolism and nerve function.

Zinc is considered an essential nutrient because we cannot produce it ourselves. When it comes to foods that contain zinc: remember you can’t fool Mother Nature. Cereals, snack bars, and flour are fortified with synthetic forms, which is not what the body can easily digest, assimilate, and eliminate.

Because we don’t make zinc ourselves or store it, we have to eat foods and/or supplement daily to make sure that we’re getting an adequate amount. Foods that contain zinc are red meat, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains and even the beloved dark chocolate. Whole grains and legumes contain phytates – this limits the absorption of the zinc and other minerals. Simply put: zinc from legumes and whole grains are not absorbed as well as zinc from red meat. If you’re following a vegan or vegetarian diet it’s ok!  Try sprouting, soaking or fermenting to get the best possible outcome.

PERQUE Energized Double Zinc Guard is formulated with two powerful activated forms of zinc, citrate and picolinate, for optimum absorption and superior therapeutic function. Both forms support growth, development, sexual function, immune function, and chemical detoxification. By providing adequate zinc the result is impacting over 10,000 enzyme reactions including those associated with immune defense and repair.

PERQUE Zinc & Throat Guard lozenges are formulated with three activated forms of zinc including citrate, aspartate, and glycinate for direct absorption and potency. PERQUE Zinc & Throat Guard lozenges also help ameliorate cold symptoms and soothes throats.

Of course, when you’re looking to support the defense and repair process you can’t go wrong with the LRA by ELISA/ACT test, the gold standard in food and chemical sensitivity tests. By looking at the lymphocyte’s response, to over 500 items, the LRA detects all 3 types of delayed food and chemical hypersensitivities. The comprehensive, ex-vivo approach precisely and accurate delivers results at a <3% variance day to day…that’s a 97% success rate.

Many areas of the country are already seeing cold and flu patients along with the seasonal allergy patients. Talk to your Clinical Account Specialist or call the Client Services Team for more information, discount opportunities, and samples.

Melissa Crispell is a Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Natural Health Provider, Certified Lifestyle Educator, Certified Wellness Coach, and Certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. Melissa has been published in Living Well, DC Practice Insights and Acupuncture Today. In addition, she has spoken at the Easter Seals Annual Caregiver conference, Functional Medicine Success Summit, American Association for Naturopathic Physicians, and is a member of the Health Studies Collegium speaker’s bureau and National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.

Melissa has served over 9 years as a Clinical Training Specialist for PERQUE Integrative Health, teaching physicians and providers all over the world how to grow their functional medicine practice using medical grade supplements and functional immunology. Melissa’s mission is to empower people of all health statuses to take control of their wellness journey. This includes debunking myths and sharing basic health concepts that are frequently overlooked. Melissa believes that when we have better information, we make better choices.

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