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Tip # 52: How to Boost your Immune System.

In addition to bolstering the body’s antioxidant defenses, zinc plays a crucial role in supporting proper immune system function.  T-lymphocytes are white blood cells that help fight infection and depend on zinc for their development and activation. In humans, zinc deficiency can result in a decreased number of T-lymphocytes and a diminished ability to fight infection and heal wounds.   Because supplemental zinc may help fight infection and heal wounds,  zinc status is especially important for patients with conditions such as HIV infection.

Maintaining adequate levels of zinc is equally important to aging adults. As people grow older, their immune function declines, partly due to the decreasing size and function of the thymus gland. New evidence suggests that zinc may help to maintain healthy function of the thymus gland in elderly people.  Scientists have also found evidence that a zinc deficiency in elderly adults may contribute to impaired immune function with aging, or immunosenescence. These findings suggest that zinc plays a critical role in supporting healthy immune function with age.

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