This is a lozenge-type zinc supplement that also contains vitamin C and slippery elm. The product is best dissolved in the mouth slowly, but may be chewed as well. Zinc is vital for supporting the immune system, as is vitamin C. Slippery elm is added for its soothing characteristics. Kirkman’s zinc lozenges are sweetened with xylitol and dextrose and flavored with a tropical punch flavor and a hint of vanilla bean.
As an adjunct to nutritional immune support, zinc lozenges with vitamin C and slippery elm offer additional support and soothing properties. Try them during periods of known exposures.
Zinc is present in every cell in the body and is also a component of over 200 enzymes. Actually, zinc is involved in more enzymatic reactions than any other mineral constituent in mammals.
Zinc is essential for normal skin, vision, smell, taste, reproduction, brain development, protein synthesis and wound healing. It is also one of the most important factors in a healthy immune system. Zinc is involved in just about every aspect of immunity, including the immune enhancing “T” cells that are necessary for immune response.
The best sources of zinc are shellfish, fish, and red meats, with oysters being the richest source. Substantial amounts are also found in certain plant foods such as whole grains, legumes, nuts, mushrooms and some herbs. The zinc from plant sources is not absorbed well because it binds to a fiber compound in plant seeds called phytic acid to form an insoluble zinc-phytate complex that cannot be assimilated.
Zinc levels in the body may be lowered by the following conditions:
•fiber consumption, which causes zinc excretion through the intestinal tract
•high calcium and iron consumption
•liver or kidney disease