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Linking-Low-Zinc-Levels-to-a-Higher-Risk-of-Death-from-COVID-19In a major new study, researchers have found a link between lower #plasma #zinc levels and an increased risk of death in #Covid-19 patients. The study was led by Dr Roberto Güerri-Fernández from Hospital Del Mar, Barcelona, and the results presented at the 2020 ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (#ECCVID).  The study involved a retrospective analysis of symptomatic Covid-19 patients admitted to the hospital between 15th March and 30th April 2020.

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Zinc My Cold!

Thursday, 24 February 2011 by
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Nutritional Therapists have long been aware that the role of single nutrient therapy in the prevention or resolution of common rhino Viruses has had poor research conclusions but plenty of anecdotal support. In addition to Vit C Vit D and others the long-time favourite is Zinc.

The Cochrane reviews a well-respected albeit confrontational group that does meta-analysis of studies – sort of reinventing others work without having to do the study and then pronouncing a collective opinion have fallen on the side of the humble nutrient Zinc.[1]

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Comment: Everyone knows that vitamins “from A to zinc” are important for good health. Now, a new research study in the August 2009 print issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology suggests that zinc may be pointing the way to new therapeutic targets for fighting infections. Specifically, scientists from Florida found that zinc not only supports healthy immune function, but increases activation of the cells (T cells) responsible for destroying viruses and bacteria.

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The trace element zinc is essential for the immune system, and zinc deficiency affects multiple aspects of innate and adaptive immunity. There are remarkable parallels in the immunological changes during aging and zinc deficiency, including a reduction in the activity of the thymus and thymic hormones, a shift of the T helper cell balance toward