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Free Spin Zinc Ions for
Complete Cellular Absorption
Dr. R. Gunderson
Dr. Gunderson's Ionic zinc is unique and different from all other zinc supplement
Many words are used within the healthcare community and many of those words are,
or have become, generic. Words such as zinc, when used in most people's vocabulary,
means nothing more than zinc. Zinc may mean a little more to a chemistry student who
may categorize it as a transition metal having an atomic number of 30. History students
may know that zinc was discovered in 1746 by Andreas Marggraf. But there is much more
to zinc than this.
This led me-Dr. Gunderson-to do extensive research in ionics to prove there is more
to the story of zinc as just mere words or categories that are all encompassing. Ionics
involves ionization of minerals. It is the process of rendering an electrically neutral
atom to an atom having a positive or negative electrical charge wherein the atom gains
or loses one or more electrons or protons. When applied to plant-sourced minerals for
use as a dietary supplement, the bio-availability of the minerals increases dramatically.
A few years ago I had the opportunity to meet with a person who developed a cough and
throat lozenge from zinc gluconate-zinc salt of gluconic acid. I found this person's
story both intriguing and stimulating. Some clinical studies had been carried out on
his product with good results showing improvement in symptoms of coughs and colds.
I decided to investigate the results of his work and came up with some positive
results and also some facts that concerned me. I observed a substantial beneficial
change in the symptoms of colds with the people who took his product. The duration
of infection was reduced.
What concerned me was that most people who participated in the studies needed to take
large amounts of his lozenge product to achieve results. A stomachache was developed
by the majority of people who took the amount required to reduce the cold symptoms and
duration of infection. Observations of these studies inspired me to set a goal.
The goal was to create a user-friendly product that worked more efficiently and
without the side effects. I took into consideration recent research material that
suggests the effect of zinc on colds may be influenced by the ability of the specific
supplement formula to deliver zinc ions to the oral mucosa.
Also from my observations, and probably of more importance, I began to understand a
fuller meaning of zinc. For there to be an improvement in the symptoms of coughs and
colds, zinc had to have set off a kaleidoscope of regeneration information in the body
leading to a cascade of biochemical reactions that assisted the rejuvenation of affected
In my enthusiasm I set out to create the best possible product, which would be more
effective and safe to use than any other product yet developed. This led to the
development of my ionic zinc formula.
Zinc, the forgotten nutrient, is now a popular subject of clinical investigations.
Zinc is an essential mineral that is found in almost every cell of the body. It is
responsible for many biochemical reactions in the body, stimulating the activity of
over one hundred enzymes. Because zinc cannot be manufactured in the body it must be
provided in our food or water diet or in zinc supplements.
A University of Florida study has shown that zinc may provide immediate protection
against disease. The researchers observed an increase in genetic material in a very
short time after taking zinc supplements. They conclude that part of the body's
protective system is very sensitive to zinc and that zinc supplements can help fight
infections and protect people against stress.
According to a Tufts University study, zinc is the number one nutritional deficiency
in children in the U.S.A. Zinc enhances immune system competence and plays a vital role
in fighting off colds and flue and facilitates cellular division and growth thus
maximizing physical growth and development in children.
The immune system is adversely affected by even a moderate degree of zinc deficiency
and totally depressed with a severe zinc deficiency. Zinc is required for the development
and activation of T-lymphocytes-white blood cells the help fight infection. It has been
clinically observed that T-cell lymphocytes increase in quantity and the ability of
lymphocytes to fight infection improve in people with low zinc levels after taking zinc
as a food additive. Zinc deficiency impairs many cellular, hormone and hormone-type
immune functions including lymphocyte number and function.
Zinc is also known to promote healthy hair and facilitate wound healing and skin
conditions, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. It acts to prevent diarrhea, respiratory
infections and pneumonia. Zinc interacts with chemicals to send messages to the sensory
brain center and activates areas of the brain that receive and process information from
taste and smell sensors. Therefore, zinc facilitates proper functioning of the ability
to smell, taste and see. A zinc deficiency leads to dulling of the taste buds and ability
to detect scents.
Zinc deficiency manifests clinically as growth retardation, hair loss, diarrhea, delayed
sexual maturation and impotence, eye and skin lesions, loss of appetite, weight loss,
delayed healing of wounds, taste abnormalities, and mental lethargy.
Some significant facts that should be noted with zinc.
1. Non-ionic forms of zinc are not as valuable to the body as ionic form as they do not go
where they need to go.
2. Zinc in many forms, especially those that are chelated, can cause stomach problems.
3. The body can have difficulty metabolizing zinc to the ionic state thus making it less
4. Users gain maximum benefits from high quality zinc supplement products in the proper
5. Our research shows that zinc products are extremely effective when blended with
our ascorbate method of production.
Looking at the problem of zinc absorption
Poor absorption of zinc is the prime cause of zinc deficiency.
The data generated throughout the course of a clinical study has been published in a
book titled, "Cold Cure", by Michael Castleman. The data replicates the findings
generated from studies conducted at our laboratory where the ionic zinc formula is produced.
Renowned health writer, Michael Castleman reached the same conclusion that we did, that
zinc needs to be in ionic form to be effective. Berhon and Germonneaus who conducted the
clinical study for Castleman proved that the dosage of zinc aspartate (aspartic acid)-a
very common form of zinc-needs to be increased 1000 times to be more effective than
Zn2+ ions or Dr. Gunderson's ionic zinc.
Berhon and Germonneaus also found that taken orally, zinc aspartate takes fourteen minutes
to dissolve. Fourteen minutes dissolution time does not compare favorably to the instant
dissolution of Dr. Gunderson's ionic form. Amazingly, Dr. Gunderson's ionic zinc is ready
to be absorbed the moment it is taken.
Other forms of zinc, such as zinc gluconate, can cause stomach upset and can have poor
after taste. It has been proven in our random study that zinc gluconate, which is the
zinc of choice for inclusion in cold lozenges, causes mouth irritation and stomach upset.
Of course when one has a cold, getting rid of the cold and not having to complain about the
taste or bad mouth problem is preferential.
Another form of zinc is chelated. Minerals that are artificially bound to a compound such
as nitrogen or an amino acid are called chelated minerals. They are chelated to protect
them from interacting with other compounds and, supposedly, to assist assimilation of the
mineral in the body. Depending on what the compound is, the chelated mineral may not be
absorbed well and studies have shown no difference between chelated and non-chelated forms.
To understand assimilation of minerals in the body one must first understand how the
body processes minerals obtained in food.
When food is consumed the body extracts the minerals, such as zinc, calcium and magnesium
and then carries the minerals through the membranes of the intestinal tract. Digestive
fluid in the stomach dissolves the (neutral electrical charged) minerals changing them
into either positive or negative electrically charged ions. They enter the blood stream
for transport to all parts of the body where they are needed. Finally, they are attracted
to and pass through the cell membrane to be utilized within the interior cellular mechanisms.
During the digestive process, picolinic acid is secreted by the pancreas and enters
the intestines. Picoinic acid helps to absorb and transport certain types of minerals
and acts as a natural chelator in the body. It prevents positively charged mineral ions
from being held tightly against the negatively charged membrane of the intestinal wall,
allowing the mineral ion to pass through and into the interior cellular mechanisms.
This is all well and good providing that one has a healthy and efficiently working
digestive system that allows for this natural bodily process. But the world is full of
people suffering mineral deficiencies. One reason for mineral deficiency is a malfunctioning,
ineffective digestive system due to low acid levels and disease and degeneration caused
by sedentary living standards. If one's digestive system is malfunctioning and not able
to process minerals correctly then sufficient levels of ionized minerals will not be
forthcoming leading to the inevitable mineral deficiency syndrome.
The solution to a poorly functioning digestive system is to supplement the diet with
minerals that are already in the ionized state, that is, minerals already having an
electrical charge, either positive or negative. Supplementing the diet with mineral ions
does not require the digestive system to create them.
Inadequate intake and increased losses of zinc from the body also result in zinc deficiency.
One of the many benefits of Dr. Gunderson's ionic zinc is that it contains ascorbic
acid-vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin-along with its two forms of absorbable zinc that
have been shown to increase its effectiveness. Vitamin C is a life enhancer that must be
renewed every day. Its most well known effect is to stimulate immune function and protect
patients from colds and flu-like symptoms.
Zinc in its proper form has many health benefits. There are over 300 enzymes, including
trypsin and alcohol dehydrogenase, that do not function without zinc as a cofactor.
The majority of zinc found in the body is contained within the muscles and bones
and (in men) the prostate also benefits from high levels of zinc. The prostate gland
holds higher levels of zinc than any other human tissue. Every time a male ejaculates,
some zinc is lost which needs to be replaced through the diet.
Zinc works to protect against prostate cancer by inhibiting specific bindings of
androgens, the hormones that are based on the structure of testosterone. Zinc has also
been shown to inhibit the activity of 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme that irreversibly
converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a male hormone in the body
that is important early in the development of a man's life but surplus levels appears
to be a cause of problems at other times.
The absorption of zinc in the proper form is critical as it enables the body to store
the zinc in the correct places.
The thymus gland, located just under the sternum, controls some of our immune functions
and is affected by the amount of zinc within our body. The thymus produces thymulin, a
thymic peptide that is responsible for cell-mediated immunity.
As we age, the thymus gland diminishes in size and function. This has been observed in
both human and animal studies and is considered a normal process. However, the state of
zinc nutrition is also believed to play a part in thymus longevity. A zinc supplement
given to aging mice restored the function of their thymus glands and led to the glands'
regrowth. Researchers concluded that the usual involution (diminishing or shrinking)
of the thymus gland is not inevitable and can be reversed with zinc supplements and
reversed most effectively with instantly absorbed ionic zinc supplements.
Zinc is a vital constituent of polymerase, an enzyme required for the synthesis of DNA
(deoxyribonucleic acid)-the genetic material of all cells-and many viruses, and RNA
polymerase, an enzyme required for the synthesis of RNA (ribonucleic acid).
Zinc finger-like protrusions, called zinc fingers, contain zinc ions and extend from
certain transcription factors, binding to the major wide groove of a DNA molecule.
Some RNA and about 1% of DNA in the human genome require zinc fingers. With a zinc
deficiency we are doing the DNA replication process in our body a disservice and could
be causing unnecessary early aging that would otherwise be delayed.
A well known zinc finger transcription factor is WT-1 which is essential for the
development of the gonads and kidneys.
Zinc, without question, is important to the body. Taking zinc in the proper "ionized"
form, as demonstrated by Castleman, will safely take care of the body's needs without
the side effects. Problems arise when high dosages of certain forms of "non-ionized"
zinc supplements are taken that cause complications in the body. This can persuade a
person to stop taking zinc altogether.
When I was involved in the AIDS research arena I had the opportunity to work with
Dr. Jonas Salk. Scientists at the Salk Institute investigating zinc have discovered
a link between low levels of zinc and cognitive impairment.
The study confirms what neuro-scientists have known for a long time, that zinc plays
a critical role in human activity. It is now widely known that undernourished children
suffering zinc deficiency have greater thinking ability and cognition after administration
of zinc supplementation.
Brain health is desired by everyone which is a very a good reason to consume ionic zinc.
The bio-activity level of ionic zinc is exponential when compared to other forms of zinc.
We all want a good or even a better head on our shoulders and Dr. Gunderson's ionic zinc
formula is a good head start.
Dr. Gunderson's liquid form of ionic zinc is very effective and simple to take orally.
It is a product that is 100% absorbed by the body and most importantly is without side
effects when taken as directed.
On completion of ongoing research and trials by clinicians at Dr. Gunderson's laboratory,
more information will be brought forth regarding the positive affects of ionic zinc on
the immune system and general well being of the body.
- Summarizing the benefits of zinc.
- An essential mineral that is found in almost every cell.
- Provides immediate protection against disease.
- Improvement in symptoms of coughs and colds.
- Stimulates the activity of enzymes, which are substances that promote biochemical reactions in the body.
- Supports a healthy immune system.
- Promotes healthy hair and facilitate wound healing and skin conditions, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
- Helps maintain your sense of taste and smell.
- Essential element for DNA synthesis.
- Supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence.
- Helps prevent pneumonia and diarrhea in children.
- Works to protect against prostate cancer.
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