Zinc plus Copper are two essential minerals that regulate the function of every cell in our body. For example, zinc is involved in more than 100 reactions in the cell. From energy production to immune system health to glucose metabolism and prostate health, zinc and copper are are important players. Zinc and copper also act as a strong anti-oxidant. In this way, these important minerals protect our cells from the harmful effects of free oxygen radicals.
Why ZINC plus COPPER?
Zinc should be taken with copper if you plan to take it for the long term.* Because, if you take zinc in a dose of more than 60 mg per day on a chronic basis, you can become low in copper. Deficiency of copper can manifest as anemia and neurologic symptoms . In addition, zinc and copper are two minerals that work together inside the cells.
For this reason, we have created this unique formula of Zinc and Copper in the optimal amounts.* We use Chelated ZINC and COPPER, which have better absorption.* Zinc is a mineral that is difficult to absorb. In particular, phytates in our food significantly interfere with zinc absorption. Phytates are present in whole grains (rice, wheat, corn) , seeds, nuts, and legumes such as beans and lentils.
That’s why zinc and copper should be taken on a daily basis to prevent their deficiency.*
Zinc plus Copper Supplement may Support:
- Immune System*
- Energy Production*
- Protein Synthesis*
- Glucose Metabolism*
- Skin and Hair Health*
- Bone Health*
- Prostate Health*
- Health of the Eye – Studies indicate Zinc may prevent macular degeneration*
- Health of the Brain*
- Proper Utilization of Iron*
- Wound healing*
- Anti-Oxidant Activity of the Cells*
Good Dietary Sources Of Zinc
The best way to get your Zinc is through selecting foods which are not only high in Zinc, but also good for your overall health.
- Seafood: Oysters (cooked), Crab, Lobster
- Meats: Beef, lamb, chicken and pork
- Plants: wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, nuts, especially cashews.
Cooked oysters have the highest quantities of Zinc, followed by wheat germ (roasted), beef, pumpkin seeds and cashews. However, phytates in wheat and seeds can interfere with zinc absorption. That’s why the real good dietary sources of zinc are meats and seafoods. For this reason, vegetarians and vegans are at high risk of zinc deficiency.
Who Is At Risk For Zinc Deficiency?
- Diabetics, due to increased urinary losses of Zinc in urine if diabetes is uncontrolled.
- Elderly, due to decreased intake as well as absorption of Zinc. In addition, the elderly are usually on a number of medications (listed below) that can interfere with Zinc absorption.
- Vegetarians and vegans, because plant foods are low in Zinc content to begin with. In addition, Phytates in grains bind Zinc and inhibit its absorption.
- Alcohol consumption, which reduces Zinc absorption from intestines and increases its excretion in the urine.
- Chronic malabsorption conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, chronic diarrhea, intestinal surgery, stomach-bypass surgery. These conditions cause a decrease in the absorption of Zinc, as well as an increase in the loss of Zinc in stools and urine.
- Any chronic illness such as chronic liver disease, chronic kidney disease, malignancy, sickle cell disease, etc.
- Pregnant and breast-feeding women.
- Drugs that can lead to Zinc deficiency include: 1. Thiazide diuretics: the mechanism is increased urinary losses of Zinc. 2. Antibiotics such as Cipro, Levaquin, tetracyclines. 3. Iron supplements can interfere with the absorption of Zinc in food.
Symptoms of Zinc Deficiency
Zinc deficiency is quite common. Zinc deficiency causes non-specific symptoms such as
- loss of appetite
- impaired immune function
- delayed healing of wounds
- hair loss
- taste abnormalities
- skin ulcers
- age-related macular degeneration
- delayed puberty
- low testosterone
- weight loss
Remember, these symptoms can occur due to many other medical conditions as well.
Diagnosis of Zinc Deficiency
Zinc level in the blood is the most commonly used test to evaluate Zinc deficiency. However, blood level of Zinc does not necessarily reflects the tissue level. Therefore, Zinc deficiency may be present while the blood test may be within the normal range.
Zinc deficiency is basically a clinical diagnosis. Consult with your doctor in this regard.
Zinc Deficiency and COVID-19
Zinc plays an important role in keeping our immune system healthy. Therefore, scientists wondered if zinc deficiency was putting people at risk of severe disease from Coronavirus. One such study comes from India. This prospective study was carried out in COVID-19 patients at the time of hospitalization. The researchers found that more than 50% of COVID-19 patients were deficient in zinc as compared to healthy controls. These zinc deficient patients developed more complications such as COVID-pneumonia. Zinc deficiency was also associated with a prolonged hospital stay and increased mortality. (1)
In another study – from Brazil – the prevalence of low zinc levels was 79.6% in critically ill patients with COVID-19.(2) Researchers from Spain found that COVID-19 patients with low zinc had a higher mortality rate. (3)
There is enough scientific data to support the concept that zinc deficiency may be a risk factor for increased complications and mortality from COVID-19.
Zinc Supplementation for preventing and treating COVID-19*
Zinc supplementation is an integral part of the “Prevention & Treatment Protocols for COVID-19” by the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance in the US. (4)
Zinc and Copper play an important role in the normal functioning of the cells. Zinc deficiency is relatively common due to a variety of factors. Consider adding a Zinc and Copper supplement if you think you may be low in Zinc.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product in not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Dr. Z’s Vitamins: Zinc Plus Copper – 50 MG of Chelated Zinc and 2 MG of Copper – 60 Easy to Swallow Tablets
- One Easy-To-Swallow Tablet Contains 50 Mg of Zinc as Zinc Glycinate Chelate and 2 MG of Copper as Copper Glycinate Chelate . Doctor Formulated .
- WHY ZINC plus COPPER? Because Zinc in large amounts can cause Copper Deficiency. For this reason, we have created this unique formula of Zinc plus Copper in the optimal amounts.* We use Chelated ZINC as well as COPPER, which helps better absorption.*
- SUPPORTS: Immune System, Skin and Hair health, Glucose metabolism, Energy production, Protein synthesis, Prostate health, Testosterone, Eye health, Bone health, Brain health, Proper utilization of Iron, Anti-Oxidant, Over 100 Enzyme systems in the body.*
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