Doctor Baranova: with zinc deficiency, “the immune system literally becomes defenseless”

Therapist, dermatologist Irina Baranova told how zinc affects the immune system. She wrote about this in her blog.

“Zinc can rightfully be considered one of the most useful and necessary substances for humans,” the specialist noted.

According to Baranova, zinc affects many processes. We are talking about regulating the immune system, maintaining healthy hair, restoring skin after acne, increasing testosterone levels and other functions

The effect of zinc on immunity

Stabilizes cell membranes;
prevents the penetration of pathogens into the cell;
slows down the process of viruses spreading throughout the body;
protects lymphocytes from destruction, maintaining a high level of immunity;
stimulates the functioning of the thymus gland;
stimulates the self-destruction of defective cells (aptosis).

With zinc deficiency, the main mechanism of fighting pathogens—inflammation—is disrupted. Without it, immunity cannot exist.

As Baranova noted, inflammation is necessary to prevent the spread of infection or tissue damage. When the inflammatory process is resolved correctly, homeostasis is restored in the body.

“If there is a deficiency of zinc, then the immune system literally becomes defenseless,” the doctor wrote.

Zinc deficiency in the body can manifest itself in various signs. Here are some of them:

1. Skin problems: dryness, flaking, redness, rashes or dermatitis.

2. Weak immunity: increased susceptibility to infections, frequent colds and flu.

3. Delayed wound healing: Zinc plays an important role in the tissue healing process, so its deficiency can slow down the healing of wounds and wounds after surgery.

4. Loss of taste and appetite: Zinc affects the perception of taste, so a deficiency can cause loss of taste and appetite.

5. Vision problems: Zinc deficiency may be associated with vision problems, including night blindness and decreased visual acuity.

6. Impaired growth and development: Zinc plays an important role in the growth and development of the body, so its deficiency can lead to growth retardation in children and adolescents.

7. Worsened mood and mental health: Zinc deficiency may be associated with worsened mood, irritability, fatigue and problems with memory and concentration.
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Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.

Irina Baranova Irina Baranova Medicine general practitioner, dermatologist, candidate of medical sciences