Is Zinc AntiViral? Yes!
Zinc helps boost the immune system and helps the body fight viruses.
Zinc is an important mineral that our body needs to function properly;
Zinc helps to keep the immune system strong
Zinc helps cells to grow, and helps the body to repair itself, in healing cuts and wounds.
In vitro studies have assessed the antiviral efficacy of zinc and have shown inhibition of viral polyprotein cleavage, viral structure, and/or viral binding in the following viruses [Zinc Antiviral Reference]:
- Coronavirus [Hydrochloroquine & Zinc Sulfate for Coronavirus Treatment]
- Encephalomyocarditis virus
- Foot and mouth disease virus
- Hepatitis C virus
- Herpes Simplex Virus
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Human papillomavirus
- Respiratory syncytial virus
- Rhinovirus and more
And in actual clinical studies where humans were given zinc as an antiviral therapy, the following viruses had a reduced load, reduced severity, reduced symptoms or reduce duration of infection:
- Torque teno virus
- Herpes simplex
- Experimental rhinovirus
- Common cold
- Viral warts
- Chronic hepatitis C virus
The findings indicate that zinc indeed plays an essential role in human health and stimulates a variety of immune system events, including the antiviral response.
An abundance of evidence has accumulated over the past 50 y to demonstrate the antiviral activity of zinc against a variety of viruses, and via numerous mechanisms. —[nih.gov: The Role of Zinc in Antiviral Immunity]
Zinc-deficient populations are often at a greater risk. A poor diet is an indicator that there is a lack of sufficient zinc, which puts them at the most risk of acquiring viral infections such as HIV or hepatitis C virus.
Zinc is needed for forming DNA and proteins, immune function, healing wounds, cell division and a proper sense of taste and smell. The body does not store any of the zinc you consume, so we must eat a small amount every day.
Does Cacao Contain High Amounts of Zinc?
Yes indeed, especially Raw Cacao; so Hooray for us Dark Chocolate Lovers!
Not only is Cacao rich with Zinc, but it is also rich in Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Flavanol as well.
One ounce of cacao powder provides about 1 milligram, or 6% of the 15 milligram recommended daily value of zinc.
**100g of cacao powder contains 6.81 mg of zinc, 1,524 mg of Potassium, 499 mg of Magnesium, and 734 mg of Phosphorus.
Also 2,057 mg of Theobromine and 230 mg of Caffeine.
0 mg of Cholesterol
Also note that Cacao is high in Chromium, Magnesium and Zinc - three minerals that 80% of Americans are deficient in!
Cacao is more than just antiviral, but anti-disease as well
Raw Cacao is rich in flavonols, plant chemicals that have been shown to help protect the heart.
Flavonols have been shown to support the production of nitric oxide (NO) in the endolethium (the inner cell lining of blood vessels) that helps to relax the blood vessels and improve blood flow, thereby lowering blood pressure.
Flavonols in chocolate can increase insulin sensitivity in short term studies; in the long run this could reduce risk of diabetes. harvard.edu
What other foods are high in Zinc?
Table 1 indicates recommended dietary allowances for zinc NIH.gov:
An adequate amount of zinc in one’s diet is crucial to maintain good health and immunity; and for lots of different functions, such as fighting infection, cell growth and speeding up chemical transformation processes in the body.
The recommended daily zinc intakes are 8 mg for women and 11 mg for men.
However, for vegetarians, getting enough zinc can be a little more difficult, but it is certainly possible to get all the zinc you need from eating a varied vegetarian or vegan diet; omnivores and herbivores can stay fortified alike.
Shellfish and Beef provide the most zinc out of any food, however vegetarian sources of zinc include Cheese, Milk, and Yogurt; and Vegan sources of zinc include legumes, nuts and seeds such as: beans, chickpeas, lentils, tofu, walnuts.
Table 2 shows foods with highest zinc content:
Conclusion, Zinc is Good and Cacao is a Good way to get it
It’s always important to eat a balanced diet so that our intake of vitamins and minerals includes everything we need for our bodies to grow and to fight disease and infection.
Zinc is one of the most important minerals when it specifically comes to fighting off viruses and infection.
There are many reasons to include Cacao in one’s varied diet:
- Tastes amazing
- Has antioxidant and healing properties
- Has the ability to bring greater awareness through decalcification of the pineal gland
- And of course, cacao is a significant source of Zinc
So go ahead and treat yourself and take care of your health at the same time with delicious and nutritious cacao products from Medicinal Foods: