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Zinc 50 mg
Zinc 50 mg
Zinc 50 mg
Zinc 50 mg
Zinc 50 mg

Zinc 50 mg

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50 mg

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250 Caplets

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Not sure where to start
with immune health?

Then this is a great place to begin.
This content is intended as general information. We encourage you to explore the full Puritan’s Pride’s® Immune Health offerings for product-specific benefits.

Zinc for Immune Health

BARRIER FUNCTION

The skin creates a physical barrier that acts as the body’s first line of defense. Zinc is an essential nutrient that supports the health and integrity of the skin.** It is a necessary part of the enzyme collagenase which is involved in the remodeling of collagen, the structural framework of the skin.** Zinc is also important for the structure of skin and mucosal cells, supporting the integrity of the body’s outermost barrier the skin as well as the barrier within created by the GI tract.**

IMMUNE RESPONSE

As we move past the physical barriers of the body, we see zinc has many important roles to play inside the body. Zinc is essential for cell division, which is important for daily maintenance and repair but becomes especially important for rapidly dividing immune cells multiplying to meet the demands of the immune system.** Zinc is also involved in the formation of immune proteins such as those involved in the adaptive immune response.** The adaptive immune system is highly specific and forms immune memories for future use.

ANTIOXIDANT HEALTH

Antioxidants fight free radicals to help promote overall health.** Free radicals can cause oxidative stress and damage to cells. Smoking, pollution, the sun and regular body functions like metabolism can all cause free radicals. More importantly, your body can produce heightened amounts of free radicals during stages of the innate immune response. Antioxidants like zinc help to protect your cells from free radicals.**

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All About Zinc

Adults should consume between 8-11 mg of zinc per day, depending on age and gender.

Zinc has become the best-known mineral for supporting immune health.** It is essential for cell division, which is pivotal when immune cells are rapidly multiplying to meet the requirements of the immune system.** It also assists in a wide range of specific immune functions, such as helping special types of immune cells called B cells and T cells function properly.**

If dietary zinc intake is insufficient, the body will break down zinc-containing enzymes it deems less essential to release the zinc so it can be used for more critical functions.

Zinc is found mostly in meat and seafood, particularly oysters and mollusks. If oysters-on-the-half-shell are not part of your daily diet, zinc is also found to some extent in poultry and dairy. Since zinc is mostly found in animal products, vegetarians can have a difficult time getting adequate amounts of zinc through diet alone. Seniors have also been found to consume less than the recommended amounts of zinc.8 Choosing a high-quality zinc supplement is an easy way to help fill those nutritional gaps, and Puritan’s Pride has vegetarian-friendly options.

  • References
  • 8. Gropper SS, Smith JL, Groff, JL. Fifth edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning; 2009.
  • 9. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Eighth edition. 2015.

What is the Immune System?

Every day, your body is bombarded by foreign substances from the outside world. Credit card pin pads, bathroom faucets, cell phones, literally everything you touch is covered in tiny microorganisms. Not all microorganisms are bad, in fact there are trillions of bacteria found in and on the human body which cause no harm, or in some cases are even beneficial to human health.

However, there are also less favorable microorganisms found in the environment. The main function of your immune system is to protect you from external threats and keep you healthy.

Think of your immune system as your body’s security team, trained to recognize and remove any threats while protecting your body’s peaceful residents.

The first line of defense is to restrict the entry of unwanted foreign materials. The skin creates an excellent physical barrier but unwanted guests may still be inhaled or ingested. The acidity of stomach acid, mucosal membranes, and the presence of antibodies in saliva and tears all further help to prevent the entry of these substances into the body.

Four Main Functions
of the Immune System

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Exclusion Barrier

Physical barriers keep pathogens from entering the body – e.g. skin, mucosa layer of GI tract, antibodies in saliva, pH of stomach

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Recognition

If substances get through the exclusion barrier, they need to be recognized as non-self

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Elimination

Elimination only of unwanted threats, not self or friendly bacteria

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Memory

Immune memories allow for fast recognition and elimination of repeat offenders


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Your First Line of Defense: Innate Immune System

If a non-beneficial microorganism is able to pass through your body’s first line of defense, it must be recognized by your immune system. Recognition is an important feature of your patrolling security team. Without it, your immune system would attack non-threatening foreign substances and even your own cells. Undesirable substances are recognized by white blood cells that send messages akin to sounding an alarm, drawing more white blood cells to the area. There are many different types of white blood cells, also called leukocytes, that all work together to orchestrate the appropriate immune response. The elements of the immune system discussed thus far are all considered part of the innate response.

Characterized as being fast and non-specific, the innate immune system responds within minutes or hours.1 Once the innate immune system has identified a threat, it seeks to eliminate it. The various white blood cells of the innate immune system each fight these threats in their own unique ways. Some will trigger an inflammatory response while others will deal with it directly by engulfing it or releasing toxic chemicals. Since the innate immune response is non-specific, the response is generally the same regardless of whether the same pathogen is encountered numerous times.


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Your Second Line of Defense: Adaptive Immune Response

If a non-beneficial microorganism is able to pass through your body’s first line of defense, it must be recognized by your immune system. Recognition is an important feature of your patrolling security team. Without it, your immune system would attack non-threatening foreign substances and even your own cells. Undesirable substances are recognized by white blood cells that send messages akin to sounding an alarm, drawing more white blood cells to the area. There are many different types of white blood cells, also called leukocytes, that all work together to orchestrate the appropriate immune response. The elements of the immune system discussed thus far are all considered part of the innate response.

Characterized as being fast and non-specific, the innate immune system responds within minutes or hours.1 Once the innate immune system has identified a threat, it seeks to eliminate it. The various white blood cells of the innate immune system each fight these threats in their own unique ways. Some will trigger an inflammatory response while others will deal with it directly by engulfing it or releasing toxic chemicals. Since the innate immune response is non-specific, the response is generally the same regardless of whether the same pathogen is encountered numerous times.

Factors that
Affect Immune Health

Your immune system is always patrolling your body to keep you at your best, but you need to keep your immune system healthy too. Every day you need to provide your immune system with the energy and nutrients it needs to function optimally.

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AGE: The immune response starts to weaken around age 60 and continues to weaken with age.2

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SLEEP: Important immune proteins called cytokines are released while we sleep. Sleep deprivation leads to decreased immune function as well as increased recovery times.3

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STRESS: Both physical and emotional stress can negatively impact the immune system. The stress hormone cortisol has been shown to decrease white blood cell numbers.7

smoking block

SMOKING:: Smoking causes dysfunction of white blood cells involved in both innate and adaptive immunity.5 It is estimated that 1.1 billion people in the world are smokers.6

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PHYSCIAL ACTIVITY: Regular moderate-intensity exercise achieved on a near-daily basis is associated with better immune health with age. More than 80% of U.S. adults are not meeting guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.4

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NUTRITION: The immune system needs proper nutrients to function optimally. There are a number of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are widely recognized for their role in supporting immune health.**

Immune
Myths & FAQs
Myth: All immune support supplements work the same way.

Because the immune system is such a complex system, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to supporting immune health. The various different types of white blood cells, immune proteins, and tissues and organs all have different nutrient requirements. Taking a single nutrient for immune health may assist in supporting one of these aspects of immune health, but if you are lacking other nutrients in your diet, then you may be falling short in getting total immune support.**

Myth: The immune system is stronger in the summer.

The immune system works year-round to keep you healthy no matter what the season. Depending on location and lifestyle factors, vitamin D status may be higher in the summer to better support certain aspects of immune health.** Winter weather conditions such as dry air may also affect immune health. It is still important to support your immune health every day throughout the year for optimal functioning.

FAQ: How can you boost your immune system?

The immune system should not be “boosted” beyond normal, optimal functioning. In fact, many autoimmune diseases are characterized by an overactive immune system that starts attacking its own cells. There are however lifestyle changes that you can make to help support normal functioning of the immune system. These include getting adequate sleep, engaging in regular physical activity, managing stress, eating a balanced diet and getting adequate amounts of immune supporting nutrients.

FAQ: Where is the immune system?

The immune system is a complex network of organs, cells, tissues and proteins found throughout the body. It includes the thymus, spleen, bone marrow, skin, tonsils and Peyer’s patches in the intestines. The lymph system allows white blood cells of the immune system to patrol the entire body looking for foreign invaders.

References:

  • 1. Gombart AF, Pierre A, Maggini S. Nutrients. 2020;12(1):236.
  • 2. Pawelec G, Larbi A, Derhovanessian E. J Comp Pathol. 2010;142 Suppl 1:S39-S44.
  • 3. Krueger JM, Majde JA, Rector DM. Cytokines in Immune Function and Sleep Regulation.; 2011. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-52006-7.00015-0
  • 4. President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Website. Updated January 26, 2017. Accessed July 2, 2020. https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/resource-center/facts-and-statistics/index.html
  • 5. Qiu F, Liang CL, Liu H, et al. Oncotarget. 2017;8(1):268-284.
  • 6. Tobacco. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/tobacco. Accessed March 24, 2020.
  • 7. McGregor BA, Murphy KM, Albano DL, Ceballos RM. Stress. 2016;19(2):185-191.

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Date published: 2020-07-25
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good mineral to take Zinc has many benefits to your body. If your doctor agrees, take the dosage he recommends.
Date published: 2020-07-19
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Date published: 2020-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great deal! I ordered these for my sons. Zinc was hard to find, but I found it available here.
Date published: 2020-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm a Believer! I believe Zn enhances my immune system. More importantly, after many years of doing business with them, I know I can trust Puritan Pride to treat me right .
Date published: 2020-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Works as well as name brand and a great price! Recommend!
Date published: 2020-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product! It’s so hard to find Zinc and Vitamin C in stock right now. I’m so thankful Puritans Pride has both in stock. I am now ordering more! I love their vitamins.
Date published: 2020-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product at great price! Bought product last month. Shipment delayed due to riots, etc but was notified at each stage of the delay. Satisfied with product, ease of ordering & service.
Date published: 2020-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ZINC Very good product, great quality. And shipped to delivered very prompt.
Date published: 2020-07-08
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Date published: 2020-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! I've been taking 25 mg zinc for years and am so healthy! Great stuff & product - especially from Puritan's Pride! Love their products!!!
Date published: 2020-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Helps keep immune system working I've used this product for several years and feel it helps overall well being.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Immunity health Be buying PP products for years. It's the only product that I've consisdently purchased because I know they'll always be high quality. Need to trust these products will work, especially during these times
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Easy to swallow, great value! I would definitely buy again. Puritan’s Pride always does it right!
Date published: 2020-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ZINC.. Great product at a fair price. I will continue to purchase items from Puritan Pride.. Tk’s..
Date published: 2020-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great supplement at value price These tablets are a good supplement, but are not coated and so had a bit of difficulty with swallowing them.
Date published: 2020-06-25
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Date published: 2020-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great price Great price, other places didn't have it. Will order from this again
Date published: 2020-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GOOD PRODUCT THIS IS A GOOD PRODUCT BUT I AM NEVER BUYING FROM PURITANS PRIDE EVER AGAIN
Date published: 2020-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Value Helps out a lot .Take it every day for about 5 years .
Date published: 2020-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glad it's made in US and not foriegn country like so many are
Date published: 2020-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zinc is good Zinc helps the immune system and I take this stuff daily. PP has good quality and a great price. I am happy I bought this and was able to get it in a time when demand has made this hard to come by.
Date published: 2020-06-11
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to swallow I bought this because my health provider told me to use it to boost my immune system.It s.eems to be helping
Date published: 2020-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome vitamins My first time buying this product really glad I did
Date published: 2020-06-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I miss having the larger bottle size. This used to come in 250 count. Now it’s only 100. Would love for the old bottles!
Date published: 2020-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Difficult to swallow!! These ZInc caplets are very difficult to swallow. The taste is HO-RRI-BLE! I have cut them into two small peaces and the taste is even worse. Please coat them with something! Do not sell this bitter taste!
Date published: 2020-05-31
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