By Dr. Rhonda Patrick


Zinc is an essential nutrient that participates in numerous biological processes and modulates the activity of more than 300 enzymes and 2,000 transcription factors.[1] First identified for its influence on growth and development, zinc is now understood to play critical roles in immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis, and cell division.  (See link for article)



Great read on the importance of zinc.  The article goes on to discuss zinc’s role in the immune system which includes T cell regulation as well as its ability to destroy pathogens as well as inhibit RNA viruses.

Important excerpt:

One study in particular identified zinc as an inhibitor of RNA-dependent RNA polymerase – an enzyme that drives the replication of RNA from an RNA template – in the virus SARS-CoV-1. Zinc is a positively charged ion and cannot enter cells without a transporter. As described above, zinc requires an ionophore, a molecule that can transport ions across a lipid membrane. The zinc-ionophore (pyrithione) in combination with supplemental zinc inhibited RNA polymerase activity and blocked viral replication of SARS-CoV-1.[84]

Hydroxychlorquine is an ionophore, which is why the combination of zinc and HCQ is so effective for COVID-19:

Please see Dr. Eric Berg‘s FB video explaining HCQ vs Remdesivir:

Zinc also helps control infections by preventing excess inflammation.