How Do Zinc and Selenium Support Immune Health?
Most of us know a varied diet full of fruits, vegetables and proteins can help support our health because it’s important to get essential nutrients, which are nutrients that our bodies don’t produce on their own.
Of the essential nutrients, zinc and selenium play a critical role in supporting our immune system. Learn more about the benefits of each of these key minerals.
What are the benefits of zinc?
Our bodies use zinc for a number of important chemical reactions. This trace mineral helps support a healthy immune system and maintain cells, including those that support our senses of taste and smell.
Trace minerals include iron, manganese, selenium, chromium, and copper. Our bodies use these in small amounts to function properly. Of the trace minerals, only iron has higher concentrations in the human body than zinc. All in all, nearly 100 enzymes use zinc in order to complete their work in the body.
The recommended daily intake of zinc for men is 11 mg, and 8 mg for women. Dietary sources of zinc include meats, poultry and seafood. If you’re looking for a reason to indulge, oysters have 74 mg per serving. Zinc is also found in legumes and whole grains.
What are the benefits of selenium?
Among other critical functions, this essential mineral helps defend against oxidative stress, which occurs when the body produces more free radicals than it can neutralize.
The recommended daily intake for adults is about 55 mcg a day. Brazil nuts are a top source of selenium, and fish, red meat and enriched breads are good sources as well. You’ll also find it in vegetables, but the amount varies depending on the soil in which the plants grew.
Which of these essential minerals does Airborne have?
You can choose from a number of Airborne chewables and effervescent tablets to support your healthy immune system.*
The zesty orange effervescent tablets provide vitamin C and 13 vitamins, minerals and herbs, including selenium and 73% of the recommended daily value of zinc. The berry chewables offer a crafted blend of vitamins, including 1,000 mg of vitamin C per serving, and are an excellent source of zinc, selenium and manganese.
Check with your doctor to see if immune support supplements are the right choice for you.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.