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Scientists in Australia say new details about the role of zinc in the immune system could help the development of non-antibiotic treatment strategies for bacterial diseases, such as urinary tract infections

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There is no doubt that zinc plays important roles in strengthening the immune system and protecting the body from infections. For optimum immunity, however, a synergistic combination of micronutrients is needed.

Vitamin C helps in the inactivation of viral DNA, thus limiting viral reproduction. It also aids in antibody production of the white blood cells. In synergy with vitamin C, the amino acid lysine is important for blocking collagen-digesting enzymes and strengthening connective tissue, thereby controlling the spread of infectious agents. Similarly, antioxidants such as selenium support lymphoid tissues in the thymus gland and the function of white blood cells. Quercetin, a phytobiological, along with iodine, is critical for immunity. In synergy with vitamin C, quercetin acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, while iodine supports the function of the thyroid gland.

To learn more about the ways in which synergistic groups of micronutrients support the immune system in fighting infections, read this article on our website.

To read about the Cellular Medicine approach to treating immunodeficiency disorders, see this article on our website.

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