Zinc supports your body’s natural immune defenses.
Research demonstrates that zinc deficiency is widespread, especially in the elderly.(1-4) This deficiency may contribute to aging-related decline in immune function—or immunosenescence.(1,3)
Scientists found that zinc supplementation offers an effective way to support aging immune systems, as well as healthy inflammatory and antioxidant responses.(1,4-6)
A longstanding problem is that zinc absorption can be limited(1) and certain molecules in plant sources and grains can further inhibit absorption.(7)
Life Extension® has developed a low-cost formulation combining the well-established, enhanced bioavailability of OptiZinc® with zinc citrate to provide a potent 50 milligram dose of zinc in a single capsule.
Beyond immune support, zinc plays other crucial roles:
Age-related immune decline is partly due to the decreasing size and function of the thymus gland. Evidence suggests that zinc may help maintain healthy function of the thymus gland in elderly people.(1)
OptiZinc® is a superior bioavailable form of zinc.(13) It is assimilated more easily than ordinary zinc because it is comprised of one of the most absorbable forms of zinc — zinc methionate (methionine).(14) Published studies show that it results in higher blood levels compared to other forms of zinc.(14)
Directions: Take one (1) capsule daily with or without food, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.
Supplemental zinc can inhibit the absorption and availability of copper. If more than 50 mg of supplemental zinc is taken daily on a chronic basis, 2 mg of supplemental copper should also be taken to prevent copper deficiency. Chronic ingestion of more than 100 mg of zinc daily may be immunosuppressive for some aspects of T-cell and NK cell function. Speak with your healthcare practitioner if you are unsure whether to take this supplement or supplemental copper with it.
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