09-14-20 Zinc-an Anti-inflammatory Mineral–Carolyn Dean MD ND
Many doctors and research scientists now believe that most chronic diseases may have the same root cause: Inflammation. Chronic low-grade inflammation has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, compromised immune and respiratory function and even cancer.
There are a variety of drugs, medications and treatments available to address inflammation, ranging from over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen to more serious, prescription-only drugs. Drug companies are constantly searching for new anti-inflammatory drugs that are ‘safe’ to use. Dr. Carolyn Dean, a qualified medical doctor and experienced naturopath, argues that new drugs are not the way forward when treating many cases of inflammation.
In her book, The Magnesium Miracle – Dr. Carolyn Dean talks effusively about how allopathic doctors and pharmaceutical companies are ignoring evidence that shows how many of these treatments, along with the accompanying side effects, would be rendered unnecessary were they to focus more on magnesium and mineral deficiencies.
For example, our listeners who have followed Dr. Dean over the years know magnesium is an anti-inflammatory mineral.
A breakthrough study from 2006 entitled Magnesium and the Inflammatory Response shows that at the cellular level, magnesium reduces inflammation. In the animal model used, magnesium deficiency is created when an inflammatory condition is produced. Increasing magnesium intake decreases the inflammation.
In a more recent study [June 2017], therapeutic levels of magnesium supplementation are shown to have a positive anti-inflammatory effect in the body.
Dr. Dean adds, “With magnesium being actively required by 1,000 enzyme systems in the human body, internal functions that reduce inflammation with the help of magnesium are being newly discovered every year. For example, magnesium has been found to be a natural calcium channel blocker, which is crucial because calcium in excess is one of the most pro-inflammatory substances in the body. This is why she recommends a 1:1 balance of calcium with magnesium, while also taking into account the amount of calcium people get in their daily diets.”
In addition to magnesium, zinc plays a critical role in controlling the inflammatory response. A study from researchers at Oregon State University have found that improving zinc status through diet and supplementation may reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases. It has been known for decades that zinc has a significant role in immune function. Deficiency has been linked to increased inflammation in chronic disease and triggering new inflammatory processes.
Zinc has become a nutrient of interest in 2020, with many virologists and hematologists reviewing its benefits for the mitigation of infection. In this study, researchers point out:
As zinc is essential to preserve natural tissue barriers such as the respiratory epithelium, preventing pathogen entry, for a balanced function of the immune system and the redox system, zinc deficiency can probably be added to the factors predisposing individuals to infection and detrimental progression of COVID-19. Additionally, due to its direct antiviral properties, it can be assumed that zinc administration is beneficial for most of the population, especially those with suboptimal zinc status.
Lifestyle choices play a significant role in an individual’s susceptibility toward chronic inflammation as well. Dr. Dean points out, “Chronic, low-grade inflammation—sustained by excessive belly fat, a poor diet including processed foods and sugars, lack of exercise, smoking, and gum disease—may explain why lifestyle-related diseases have reached epidemic proportions in Western countries, while remaining relatively scarce in the developing world. The many studies acknowledging the value of magnesium, zinc, and the other minerals found in our products as key to the prevention of heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome make knowing about this mineral vitally important.”
Tonight on our internet based radio show, we’ll be talking with Dr. Carolyn Dean about Zinc An Anti-Inflammatory Mineral and a wide range of health topics and safe solutions. You will love hearing the beneficial interactions with our callers and hosts alike including the body/mind connection, identifying the ‘conflict’ in the ‘conflict basis’ of disease and much more!!
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