Zinc

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zinc

Zinc

This essential mineral is important in prostate gland function and the growth of reproductive organs.

Zinc may help prevent acne and regulate the activity of oil glands.

It’s needed for protein synthesis and collagen formation.

It promotes a healthy immune system and the healing of wounds.

Zinc also enhances your taste and smell senses.

It protects your liver from chemical damage and is vital for bone formation.

It’s a part of insulin and many vital enzymes.

It also helps to fight and prevent the formation of free radicals.

Zinc lozenges have been reported to be effective in relieving symptoms of the common cold and reducing the duration of colds.

Sufficient intake and absorption of zinc are needed to keep the right concentration of vitamin E in your blood.

In addition, zinc increases the absorption of vitamin A.

For best health, a 1-to-10 balance between copper and zinc levels should be maintained.

A deficiency of zinc may result in the loss of the senses of taste and smell.

It can also cause fingernails to become thin, peel, and develop white spots.

Other possible signs of zinc deficiency include acne, delayed sexual maturation, fatigue, growth impairment, hair loss, high cholesterol levels, impaired night vision, impotence, increased susceptibility to infection, infertility, memory impairment, a predisposition to diabetes, prostate trouble, recurrent colds and flu, skin lesions, and slow wound healing.

Sources

Zinc is found in the following food sources:  brewer’s yeast, dulse, egg yolks, fish, kelp, lamb, legumes, lima beans, liver, meats, mushrooms, oysters, pecans, poultry, pumpkin seeds, sardines, seafood, soy lecithin, soybeans, sunflower seeds, torula yeast, and whole grains.

Herbs containing zinc include alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, dandelion, eyebright, fennel seed, hops, milk thistle, mullein, nettle, parsley, rose hips, sage, sarsaparilla, skullcap, and wild yam.

Comments

Zinc levels may be lowered by diarrhea, kidney disease, cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes, or the consumption of fiber, which causes zinc to be excreted through your intestinal tract.

A significant amount of zinc is lost through perspiration.

The consumption of hard water also can upset zinc levels.

Compounds called phytates are found in grains and legumes and these can bind with zinc so it can’t be absorbed.

If you take both zinc and iron supplements, take them at different times.

If these two minerals are taken together, they interfere with each other’s activity.

Cautions

Do not take a total of more than 100 mg of zinc daily.

While daily doses less than 100 mg enhance the 8immune response, doses of more than 100 mg can depress the immune system.

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