SOS Hydration Drink Mix Powders now contains 20% RDI of Zinc, an important nutrient that helps your immune system and metabolism function. Of the trace minerals, Zinc is second only to iron in its concentration in our body. The addition of this essential micronutrient means SOS can give you even more of what your body needs to get the most out of being active.
What does it do?
Zinc is an essential micronutrient for numerous cellular processes. It’s found in cells throughout the body and is required for the immune system to work properly. It also plays a role in cell division, cell growth, wound healing, and the breakdown of carbohydrates.
Evidence suggests that when taken after cold symptoms appear, oral zinc supplements may shorten the length of a cold.
Deficiency in zinc is quite common in the developing world, but even in the United States about 12% of the population is probably at risk for zinc deficiency, and perhaps as many as 40% of the elderly due to inadequate dietary intake and reduced absorption.
If you’ve got an upset stomach, the preponderance of evidence also suggests that zinc supplementation reduces the severity and duration of diarrhea. That means SOS can help you get back on your feet after a cold, flu or stomach bug.
Food Sources Of Zinc
Animal proteins are a good source of Zinc, as well as nuts, whole grains, legumes and yeast. Fruits and vegetables are not good sources, given that the zinc in plant proteins is not as available for use by the body as that from animals. As a result, diets low in protein and vegetarian diets tend to be low in zinc.