What is Zinc ?

Zinc is an essential mineral required by every cell in the body. It is present in nearly all body tissues, especially the thyroid, pancreas and reproductive organs. Our body contains about 2-3g of Zinc, 60% is found in muscle, 30% in bone and about 5% in our skin. Particularly high concentrations are in the prostate gland and semen. Men need more Zinc than women because male semen contains 100 times more Zinc than it is found in the blood. The more sexually active a man is the more Zinc he will require. The recommended amount of Zinc for adult men is 1/3 higher than those for women. It is plentiful in drinking water and in some food, including meat. Our body does not produce Zinc, therefore, it depends on external sources for its supply.

Zinc plays a critical role in hundreds of body process - from cell growth to sexual maturation and immunity, even for taste and smell. Zinc is involved in the body's enzymatic reactions, the synthesis of proteins and in carbohydrate metabolism. It stimulates the activity of approximately 100 enzymes, which are substances that promote biochemical reactions in our body.

The functions of Zinc

Zinc supports a healthy immune system, is needed for wound healing, helps maintain our sense of taste and smell, and is needed for DNA synthesis. Zinc also supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence.

Summary on the benefits on Zinc:

  • Improves immune system
  • Helps protect the body against colds, flu, conjunctivitis and other infections
  • Speeds the healthy of canker sores and sore throat
  • Enhances fertility in both women and men
  • Stimulates the healing of wound and skin irritations (acne, burns, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea)
  • Promotes healthy hair and scalp
  • Slows vision loss in people with macular degeneration
  • Treats a wide range of chronic ailments, from rheumatoid arthritis and underactive thyroid to fibromyalgia and osteoporosis.

Who may need extra zinc ?

  • vegetarians
  • pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • men for prostate health
  • persons with acne problem
  • alcohol drinkers
  • persons who have digestive disorder
  • persons who suffer from hair loss due to zinc deficiency

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