New Delhi: The second wave of Coronavirus in India has devastated everyone. The number of active cases in India is at an all-time high at the moment. If you are planning to boost your immunity by making some dietary changes and cut the risk of contracting COVID-19, then you must switch to zinc-rich foods. A good immune system will help your body fight flu and infections, including Vitamin C and Zinc will give it a boost.Also Read - Made Honest Efforts to Build India of The Dreams of Bapu & Sardar Patel: PM Modi in Rajkot | LIVE

Zinc is one of those nutrients that play a significant role in our body functions. From boosting immunity to helping in the synthesis of protein, enzymatic reaction, and growth and development, zinc does it all for us. Naturally found in plant and animal foods including meat, seed, nuts, whole grains, chickpeas, etc., zinc speeds up the healing of wounds. Also Read - 'Recovery Is Underway In Spite Of Headwinds', RBI Says In Annual Report 2021-22

According to a study, zinc can potentially inhibit COVID-19 by blocking a significant enzyme. In various previous studies, zinc was found to have immuno-nutrient properties and work against viral infections. Also Read - Delhi Witnesses Marginal Dip in Covid Numbers, Registers 403 Fresh Cases; Positivity Rate Stands At 1.76%

A deficiency of zinc in the body can lead to symptoms including unexplained weight loss, a weakened immunity, lack of alertness, loss of appetite, open pores on the skin, and a decreased sense of smell and taste.

Here Are 5 Zinc-Rich Foods For Immunity:

  • Eggs: As per the data by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), one egg contains 5 percent (0.6mg). Include eggs in your daily diet.
  • Curd: Gut health is important and curd helps in improving your gut and has a good amount of zinc which will help boost your immune system.
  • Nuts and Seeds: Have a handful of dry fruits including almonds, walnuts, raisins, with seeds including sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and sesame seeds. Nuts and seeds are packed with zinc.
  • Chickpeas: Who doesn’t love chole? It is one of the favourite Indian meals. Did you know, the white-coloured legume has a good amount of zinc (1.53 mg of zinc per 100 gm), as per the data by the USDA.
  • Chicken: Chicken is one of the best sources to get your dose of zinc. Not just that, Chicken is also packed with Vitamin B12, protein, and it keeps your nervous system healthy and helps in cell generation.

Role of Zinc in Reducing Risk of Coronavirus

This essential micro-nutrient helps in cell growth and its survival. Zinc acts as a messenger for the immune system. It functions as an intracellular signal molecule for the body’s defence cells. It also reduces the level of cytokines, chemicals that are harmful to the body. Zinc helps in boosting the production of infection fighting cells (WBC and T cells). A good immunity can help you effectively combat the virus in case you contract it.