Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Preventing Heart Disease with Zinc

Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress are important risk factors for heart disease. My first and most powerful suggestion as an Online Weight Loss coach to my clients to reduce chronic inflammation is cut out processed food and refined sugar. Adding Pharmacultical Quality Supplementation is my second and equally important suggestion.

Zinc is an essential mineral with both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant functions. Because of these properties, zinc may play a role in protecting the heart.

To examine the effect of zinc on markers of inflammation, researchers conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of zinc supplementation in elderly subjects. Forty healthy elderly subjects (aged 56-83 years) were randomly assigned to 2 groups. One group received placebo; the other received 45 mg of zinc per day for 6 months.

Compared to the placebo, six months of zinc supplementation increased plasma zinc concentrations and decreased several markers associated with inflammation. Higher zinc levels were also related to a decrease in markers associated with oxidative stress.

The findings of this research suggest that zinc may have a protective effect in coronary artery disease thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

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