Zinc, like magnesium, is a mineral that’s present in many of the body’s functions. Though not as ubiquitous as magnesium, zinc is still very important when it comes to your diet, since the body lacks a specialized zinc storage system (and therefore you need to keep up your zinc intake!).
As we enter cold and flu season, it’s time to strengthen our immune systems to face the onslaught of sniffles, coughs and sneezes. Research shows that tea possesses compounds which can enhance the immune system and offer added defense against illnesses that tend to occur more often this time of year. These compounds include catechins (a chemical found in plants, especially green tea), amino acids (important in building proteins that help the immune system) and polyphenols (an antioxidant).