4 Surprising Benefits of Zinc for Fibromyalgia
Everyone knows Zinc is a widely used remedy for fighting the common cold – but not much is said about its many other benefits and uses. Recent research has shed new light on its other benefits as well as the risks of deficiency. According to some estimates, as much as 12% of the U.S. population is at risk of deficiency. Deficiency can result in a weakened immune system, depression, cognitive impairment, loss of appetite and more.
For fibromyalgia sufferers, getting enough zinc can be critical to helping reduce some of their systems as well as protecting their overall health from disease and infection. So how exactly does Zinc help fibromyalgia sufferers? Here are 4 ways it helps:
Improves Cognitive Health
Many fibromyalgia patients suffer from “fibro fog”, a cognitive impairment that affects focus and memory. Zinc, a critical nutrient for brain health, can help build your brain’s resistance to stress and improve cognitive function. Zinc increases the amount of BDNF in the brain. BDNF, otherwise known as brain fertilizer, is a protein in the brain that promotes nerve recovery and growth. In particular, BDNF has been shown to promote recovery in the area of the brain that controls memory and mood.
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Fights Chronic Inflammation
Low levels of Zinc can affect our body’s ability to fight inflammation. Zinc helps regulate the inflammatory process by obstructing some of the proteins within the body that cause inflammation. Additionally, a study by the University of Sydney showed that supplementation of at least 45 mg/day of zinc consistently reduced levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokine.
Helps with Depression
Studies have shown a low level of Zinc among those suffering from depression. Zinc has been effectively used in combination with prescription antidepressants to treat depression. One possible way in which Zinc helps treat depression is through its increase of BDNF in the area of the brain that controls mood.
Boosts Immune Response
For those suffering from chronic pain, the body’s systems are under constant stress. This stress can weaken the body’s immune response, leaving one vulnerable to infection and illness. Zinc helps boost your immune system by supporting various cells that fight and destroy infection. Maintaining sufficient levels of Zinc is critical to maintaining a healthy and strong immune system.
Whether you’re looking clear your fibro fog, fight inflammation, reduce depression or build your body’s immune system – Zinc can help. Besides the benefits listed above, it plays a part various systems and hundreds of biological functions within your body. As such, getting a sufficient amount of Zinc is critical to your overall health.
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