Zinc is one of the most important micronutrients for human health and longevity, yet zinc deficiency (or insufficiency more commonly) remains a concern among various populations world-wide. Compared to adults, susceptible populations at increased risk of zinc depletion include infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant or lactating women due to additional zinc requirements. Increased risk of deficiency is also present in patients with malnutrition, alcoholism, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and malabsorption syndromes. Among elderly populations, zinc deficiency is particularly common due to reduced consumption of zinc-rich foods and a decline in zinc absorption capacity. Suboptimal zinc status is known to contribute to the age-related immune decline and diminished antioxidant activity in elderly populations.
As an essential micronutrient, zinc serves to maintain the structure and stability of various proteins and is required for the activity of more than 300 enzymes in the body. Among its many roles, zinc is vital for hormone production, DNA synthesis, wound healing, spermatogenesis, as well as thyroid and bone metabolism. Healthy zinc levels are also required for proper skeletal development, visual health, hearing, taste, and sensation. Of increasing importance are the effects of zinc on the immune system, which serves to modulate oxidative and inflammatory processes and various aspects of innate and adaptive immunity, especially those involving viral infection.Bio-Zinc 50 is a high-potency zinc complex for immune, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory support.* When taken on an regular basis at therapeutic doses, zinc supplementation may necessitate the co-supplementation of small amounts of copper (e.g. 2 mg) due to the capacity of zinc to interfere with copper absorption.