I see that scientist are sometimes trying to use so called "zinc ionophores" to get human cells to take up more zinc. Zinc is believed to sometimes reduce the ability of viruses to replicate, maybe depending on what type of virus it is. Some zinc ionophores are readily available as dietary supplements. I am thinking first and foremost on quercetin and Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
- Is there any way to test how "open" ones zinc-channels into the cells are?
- Is there any research done on how much a person typically would need to consume of a certain ionophore to get a descent amount of zinc in the cells?
- Zinc tablets are available as dietary supplements. Is there any point in taking those if you want more zinc into your cells or is it more or less pointless if you are lacking ionophores?