Get more zinc in your life

Journal Pioneer - - LIVING ROOM - Drs. Oz & Roizen Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Well­ness Of­fi­cer and Chair of Well­ness In­sti­tute at Cleve­land Clinic. To live your health­i­est, tune in to “The Dr. Oz Show” or visit www.share­care.com.

You might think you’ve had enough of zinc, but we’re not talk­ing about In­te­rior Sec­re­tary Ryan Zinke, who flew from Ne­vada to Mon­tana at your ex­pense (US$12,375) on a pri­vate plane owned by the ex­ec­u­tives of a Wy­oming oil-and-gas-ex­plo­ration firm. When it comes to the mi­cronu­tri­ent zinc, well, chances are you ac­tu­ally need more of it!

Sev­eral stud­ies high­light zinc’s ben­e­fits for your in­te­rior health. The Cochrane Li­brary’s Data­base of Sys­temic Re­views points out the im­por­tant role zinc plays in the health of chil­dren 6 months to 12 years old. World­wide, one in ev­ery 58 deaths in chil­dren un­der 5 is re­lated to zinc de­fi­ciency. An­other study, from Tufts Univer­sity, fo­cuses on zinc de­fi­cien­cies in peo­ple 65-plus; it found that 30 per­cent of folks in nurs­ing homes had low serum zinc lev­els, weak­en­ing their im­mune sys­tem and in­creas­ing the risk of pneu­mo­nia.

A third study, from the Univer­sity of Texas at Ar­ling­ton, found that zinc helps pre­vent many can­cers and slows down and stops the growth of esophageal cancer cells.

So how can you get more zinc? (Ex­cess zinc can cause cop­per de­fi­ciency and neu­ro­logic dis­ease, so re­mem­ber that the rec­om­mended daily al­lowances are 11 mg of zinc for men and 8 mg for women; kids need 2-5 mg; teens 8 mg.)

You can get your daily dose from foods such as spinach; legumes; flax, sesame and pump­kin seeds; gar­lic; peanuts; turkey; salmon; whole grains; and dark choco­late. We say dodge zinc from oys­ters, shrimp, lamb and beef, which are foods that help make your RealAge older.

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