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Zinc Is Crucial for Heart Health

Heart Health

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  • Zinc may play a key role in regulating the way calcium moves in your heart cells by modulating the function of “gates” known as type-2 ryanodine receptors (RyR2)
  • Proper control of these gates is important, since excessive calcium release may lead to heart failure and fatal arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
  • Past research has shown patients with congestive heart failure often have profound zinc deficiency, which adds to the growing support that zinc is crucial for heart health

By Dr. Mercola

Zinc, an essential trace mineral, is perhaps most widely known for its role in immune system health, as a zinc deficiency is associated with increased colds and flu. However, zinc is the most common mineral in your body aside from iron; it's actually found in every cell.

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