It’s worse than the worst cold of your life.
It’s far more dangerous than bronchitis.
And it’s way deadlier than the flu… even in a “bad” year… and especially among older folks.
Pneumonia kills some 50,000 Americans every year, with babies and seniors facing the highest risk.
Here’s how dangerous it is: A senior hospitalized for pneumonia has a higher risk of death than a senior hospitalized for a heart attack or stroke.
Yeah. That’s bad all right.
And if you’re at risk, there’s a step you have to take. And not only now as the weather cools, but all year long.
Because unlike flu, “pneumonia season” runs all year around.
How to BLOCK a senior slaying pneumonia infection
It comes down to a single unsung hero of the immune system. It’s a simple mineral that gets almost no attention at all.
It’s even the last letter of the alphabet.
But when it comes to avoiding pneumonia, it’s time to put zinc at the TOP of the list.
A new animal study finds that when the Streptococcus pneumoniae – the germ behind the WORST pneumonia infections – enters the body, it gets overwhelmed by zinc. Well, IF you have it of course.
The mineral acts in two ways:
- It stresses the bacteria to weaken it.
- It calls in immune cells to kill it.
But it can’t work if it’s not there: Mice with low zinc levels got sicker and died three times faster.
Don’t dismiss this study just because it was done on mice, either. We’ve seen these results in humans too, with a 2010 study on older folks showing that proper zinc levels slash the risk of pneumonia in half.
Top up your zinc levels with tasty foods
Here’s the thing about zinc: Your body can’t store it.
There’s no reserve tank to hold you over. You have to make sure you not only GET ENOUGH but get enough consistently, every day, to get the protection you need.
Many people don’t, especially older folks. In fact, studies estimate that 40 percent of U.S. seniors don’t get enough zinc from diet alone.
Here’s how to make sure you’re not one of them:
- Meat: A quarter pound of beef will give you nearly half your daily zinc
- Shellfish: Oysters are especially rich in the mineral, but you’ll also find zinc in crab, shrimp, scallops, and mussels. Just 3.5 ounces of Alaskan crab will give you two-thirds of your daily levels.
- Dairy: Just about all milk-based products have zinc, especially cheese. About three deli slices of cheddar will give you almost 30 percent of what you need.
- Nuts: Nuts are excellent sources of minerals in general, but especially zinc. A handful of cashews, for example, will give you about 15 percent of what you need each day.
The mineral is also in seeds, legumes, eggs, spinach, and dark chocolate.
Zinc that you get from your diet is perfectly safe. Zinc supplements are safe also – but too much can give you cramps and the runs. Plus, zinc can interact with certain meds, so speak to your doc before popping any zinc pills.