Zinc Sulfate Heptahydrate – A Simple Way To Boost Our Immune System
To maintain robust whole-body health, a full complement of essential micronutrients is required. Essential micronutrients – including zinc – can be consumed through foods such as nuts, leafy greens, beans and supplemental form. Micronutrients provide critical support of overall cell function in the body and will support healthy immune function as well as muscle and nerve function.
Zinc, the micronutrient we are focusing on today, is vital to these processes and is required for the healthy function of hundreds of enzymes that are involved in numerous metabolic processes and systems in the body.
One of those systems, the immune system – is tasked with protecting the body against pathogens and potentially damaging foreign bodies. When immune dysfunction occurs due to a zinc deficiency, restoring healthy levels of zinc can help support and improve healthy cell function. This important micronutrient supports both innate and adaptive immunity (see Part 4 on Immune Boosting for brief explanation of innate and adaptive immune system).
To distinguish between cells that are part of the body’s own healthy tissue and from those that are threats to our body, the immune system and its immune cells interactively communicate with one another. For this communication to be successful, the immune cells must have healthy receptors. Ligands, which bind to the outside of the receptor surface and allow it to be activated, are critical to this process. Zinc interacts with many ligands to support this complex cell signaling process, and this is a vitally important component to our healthy immune system function.