THE NITTY GRITTYWhether you are battling a head or chest cold or something intestinal, the key to feeling better lies with boosting your immune system and getting plenty of fluids. That’s why we start with a saline solution, to get you rehydrated and loaded up with electrolytes like magnesium and zinc. Zinc does double-duty, also working to support your immune system at the cellular and molecular levels.1 In fact, researchers have discovered that there are three major ways zinc affects immune response:
- Zinc impacts immune cell function.
- Your body and a pathogen both compete for zinc, a concept known as “nutritional immunity.”
- Zinc is a second messenger in signal transduction, meaning once a molecule activates a certain receptor protein on a cell membrane (in this case, an immune cell), zinc comes in as a second messenger and transmits the signal into the cell. This, in turn, elicits a physiological response, such as an immune response.
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