Zinc and Heart Health

When it comes to nutrition and heart health, there are many factors, some less obvious than others. This is the case with the trace mineral zinc, an essential nutrient. New research coming out of the Technical University of Munich, and published in The Journal of Nutrition, shows the link between zinc and cardiac health. Their animal study demonstrated that oxidative stress in the body is often caused by a zinc deficiency. The heart muscles in particular are vulnerable to oxidative stress, and the research showed how they were impacted by the lack of zinc. Oxidative stress is a predisposing factor for heart disease. Zinc is commonly found in animal-sourced foods, and in some plants, although the amounts in the latter vary depending on the soil composition. Are you getting enough zinc in your diet?

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