Understanding Zinc

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ZINC and the IMMUNE SYSTEM

I can’t say that zinc is a go-to solution for me when I’m boosting the immune system, even though deficiencies in zinc can impact the immune system. In part, this is because I know immune boosting herbs tend to be rich in zinc as well as the many other nutrients required for healthy immune functioning.

Zinc is not the only or even the best answer for immune deficiency, by a long shot. It’s worth noting zinc is often prescribed or self-prescribed for immune deficiency even when there is no evidence of a zinc deficiency. The thing is, while correcting a zinc deficiency can help improve immune function, boosting zinc levels when they are already fine won’t do anything to improve your immune function, and may actually be counter-productive.  Continue reading

Injury healing and tissue repair- Part 2

In Part 1 we looked at the role of inflammation in wound repair and the management of inflammation. Part 2 is about tissue perfusion. A lot of this information is applicable for preventing tissue damage in the first place and explores practises that ensure better recovery. Injuries, wounds etc obviously come in many different forms, so this information is general only.

What are tissues? Tissues are groups of cells that are bound together or are working together as a team to do a special job. You could think of cells as being the bricks in the house, and tissues as being the walls i.e. the bricks/cells combine together to form the walls/tissues. Just as cells combine to create tissues, tissues combine to create organs. Using our house building analogy, an organ would be a group of walls working together to become a room! And all of our organs working together as a team are the equivalent of the house as a whole.

Good tissue perfusion is a good blood supply to the tissues. Good tissue perfusion is really helpful when it comes to repairing wounds and/or reducing excess inflammation. When enough blood is being delivered to our body tissues, the cells in our tissues are being nourished with nutrients and oxygen from our blood. As well as delivering what the cells need to survive and thrive, our blood also helps to remove waste products from the tissues and cells, which is just as important for maintaining healthy tissue and cellular function. Continue reading

Biocomplexity, Apples and Vitamin C

Last year, exasperated by the strange obsession I was hearing from the world around me about the ‘correct’ fat, carbohydrate and protein ratios, I posted the following on my Facebook page:

“APPLES have fat in them- quite a high amount actually, for a fruit. They also have a little protein, not much- but it is there, and nutrition isn’t all about quantity, it’s about diversity and quality and the way plant chemicals combine together. Do you want to hear which proteins (amino acids) are in apples?

Asparagine, Tryptophan, Threonine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lycine, Methionine, Cysteine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Glutamic acid, Glycine, Tyrosine, Valine, Argenine, Histidine, Alanine, Aspartic Acid.

There are many, many other nutrients in Apples, like Vitamin A, B1, B2, and B6, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Folic acid, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Pottassium, Selenium, Sodium, and Zinc.

Then there are some other ones you might not have heard about, like Alpha-Linolenic-Acid, D-Categin, Isoqurctrin, Hyperoside, Ferulic-Acid, Farnesene, Neoxathin, Phosphatidyl-Choline, Reynoutrin, Sinapic-Acid, Caffeic-Acid, Chlorogenic-Acid, P-Hydroxy-Benzoic-Acid, P-Coumaric-Acid, Avicularin, Lutein, Quercitin, Rutin, Ursolic-Acid, Protocatechuic-Acid, and Silver.

Then there are the ones that we haven’t discovered yet….
Diet is about more than just segregating foods into broad food groups, like carbs, fat and protein.” Continue reading

Understanding nutrition

There are four factors I think about when it comes to nutritional status in a person’s body. I want to talk about them now just to convey a more holistic perspective on nutrition, an insight into its complexity, and why supplementation should be used cautiously (if at all). When you isolate and concentrate a single chemical/nutrient from a food, how different is this really from prescribed medications/drugs? We don’t understand enough yet about synergism and ratios between nutrients, nor between whole plants and human physiology, to safely mess around with what nature has already worked out over aeons of co-evolution between plants and animals. Continue reading