Although some of us out there agree that science was not one of our favorite subjects in school, when you do have a great teacher explaining it simply then it does become fascinating. This article, and better yet the video included, offer a fantastic understanding of how Zinc – once inside your cells – can block the replication of the COVID virus. While the written article becomes a bit heavy on the scientific terms and language, the video walks us through with visual aids and easy explanations.
As it explains how the Coronavirus RNA, once in your cell, has an enzyme which replicates the virus RNA, it explains how Zinc can shut down that replication. However, as Dr. Roger Seheult explains, “The problem is that zinc is largely insoluble and cannot easily enter through the fatty wall of your cells. Getting all the way into the cell is crucial, as this is where the viral replication occurs. This is where zinc ionophores come in, and the fact that the antimalarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine act as zinc ionophores may explain why they appear so useful against COVID-19.”
Zinc … is very effective in decreasing the incidence of infection in the elderly. Zinc not only modulates cell-mediated immunity but is also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.”
Should zinc turn out to be in short supply, consider eating more zinc-rich foods. Examples include hemp, sesame and pumpkin seeds, cacao powder, cheddar cheese, and seafood such as oysters, Alaskan crab, shrimp and mussels. To this you could also add niacin (vitamin B3) and selenium, as both play a role in the absorption and bioavailability of zinc in the body. There are also two additional zinc ionophores: quercetin and epigallocatechin-gallate (EGCG found in green tea).
“Ageing is an inevitable biological process with gradual and spontaneous biochemical and physiological changes and increased susceptibility to diseases. Some nutritional factors (zinc, niacin, selenium) may remodel these changes leading to a possible escaping of diseases, with the consequence of healthy ageing, because they are involved in improving immune functions, metabolic homeostasis and antioxidant defense.”
Read HERE to watch the video and take good notes! You’ll be the hit of your next gathering as you share your medical prowess.