The impact of zinc deficiency on our immunity – Times of India

As doctors, scientists and researchers globally are still studying the novel Coronavirus and discovering how the infection works and new ways to treat it, there is an avalanche of information that might be conflicting sometimes. However, doctors world over have to come to the consensus that building a robust immune system will give you a better chance of combating the virus should you contract it. Zinc is one such micronutrient that helps in building immunity and recent studies show that zinc inhibits coronavirus by blocking a key enzyme. Scientific evidence documented in the past few decades shows that consumption of zinc plays a significant role against viral infections including human respiratory infections because of its immuno-nutrient properties.According to a study by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health- Inadequate zinc intake in India: past, present and future inadequate zinc intake has been rising in India for decades, causing tens of millions of people to become newly deficient in it. Zinc deficiency has caused a malnutrition problem worldwide. The study states that the highest rate of inadequate zinc intake was concentrated mainly in the southern and northeastern states of India with rice-dominated diets: Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya. Thus, zinc intake for Indians is of paramount importance. Coronaviruses is the old common cold virus which causes 30-40% of common colds discovered in the Common Cold Unit in 1964 form UK .Zinc has been studied for more than four decades in common cold therapies . The odds of getting a cold with people taking zinc preventatively is one third less . Essentially Zincs properties help in reducing the severity and duration of the cold. It is an essential mineral that our body cannot make by itself, hence we need to make sure our diet is zinc-rich along with other nutrients. Zinc deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the world, yet it is essential for healthy immune function. Zinc is needed for immune cell development and communication and plays an important role in inflammatory response. Zinc supplementation may prove beneficial against coronavirus infection by providing an additional immunity defense. This given point in time, keeping your immunity system strong and making healthy lifestyle choices is the need of the hour. Also, assessment of nutritional status of COVID19 patients before administration of general treatment is important as immune response is weakened due to inadequate nutrition. We all need to build strong immnunity in corona and covid times like a safety net or kavach around us.Fortifying your immunity system against colds and flus is essential now more than ever. A balanced diet and attention to macro and micronutrients is the basis of building a vigorous immune system. Your meal needs to have the right amount of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. Zinc also should be consumed judiciously because an overdose of zinc can cause indigestion, headaches and nausea. Zinc not only has immunity-boosting properties but also makes sure your metabolism is strong. Its important to have the right amount of zinc in your body.The article has been authored by Shashank R Joshi, Dean,Indian College of Physicians and Consultant,Lilavati Hospital Mumbai

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