Characteristics and Benefits:
Essential for optimal physical performance and energy levels;
For protein synthesis and proper function of red and white blood cells;
Participates in synthesize or more than 200 metalloprotease and nucleic acid;
Enhances immunity and accelerates wound healing;
Supports reproductive system of men and women and hlps with infertility.
People with insufficient daily intake of zinc
Lean meat and sea food, especially oysters contain abundant amount of zinc. Zinc from plant source is bound to phytates, which are inaccessible by the body.
People with digestive problems and poor stomach acid
People taking medications for long time
People who smoke or take alcohol excessively
Women on the birth control pill or on hormone replacement therapy
Athletes or people who are physically active
“Zinc is such a critical element in human health that even a small deficiency is a disaster.” Written by researchers. Zinc is so important because it is found in every tissue in the body and directly involved in cell division. It is a powerful antioxidant, helping to prevent cancer, but zinc also is involved in proper endocrine function and the maintenance of ideal hormone levels.
Zinc deficiency makes both men and women infertile and causes low libido. Low zinc also exacerbates the effects of stress on the body and accelerates aging. Be aware that zinc deficiency is not only prevalent in malnourished individuals or developing countries. Rather, it is widespread in the U.S. and Europe in men, women, and children.
Zinc deficiency will produce an altered sense of taste leading to cravings of saltier, sweeter food. It can also be indicated by diarrhea, low energy, chronic fatigue, infertility, poor immunity, bad memory, inability to focus, ADD symptoms, slow wound healing, nerve dysfunction, and ringing in the ears.
For male reproductive health
Zinc is a critical mineral for robust testosterone levels, and the cells of the male prostrate require ten times more zinc than other cells in the body to stay healthy and perform optimally. Zinc deficiency in men impairs testosterone production, puts them at risk for developing prostate cancer, and causes infertility. Inadequate zinc has also been linked to low libido.
For Female reproductive health
In women, zinc is involved in the growth process of the oocyte or egg. If women are zinc deficient, the egg won’t mature properly and ovulation will be impeded, causing infertility. Adequate zinc allows women to use estrogen and progesterone efficiently.
Enhances immune system
Zinc deficiency profoundly affects the immune system because low zinc produces a direct and rapid decline in T cell function. T cells elevate the body’s immune system when viruses, bacteria, or challenges to health arise. Older people are at greater risk of zinc deficiency, which is not solely due to poor dietary intake. There’s evidence that a need for more zinc may increase with age to counter inflammation, support the immune system, and ensure healthy cell function.
Protects cardiovascular system
Zinc is vital to maintain the health of cardiovascular cells and the endothelium. The endothelium is the thin layer of cells that lines the blood vessels and plays a major role in circulation. Low zinc can cause a deficiency in the endothelial barrier, which leads to high cholesterol buildup and inflammation. Cholesterol and inflammation increase your risk of heart disease.
Zinc is needed for the healthy function of most hormones, including insulin. Zinc binds to insulin so that insulin is adequately stored in the pancreas and released when glucose enters the blood stream. Second, zinc helps insulin binds to the cell and opens the door”so that the glucose can enter. If the cell is resistant to insulin, glucose will stay in the blood stream, cause high blood sugar, and ultimately lead to fat gain. When zinc concentration falls, there is a reduction in insulin secrection and peripheral insulin sensitivity, which if persistent, will lead to diabetes. A recent study of Spanish school children found a direct relationship between low zinc levels, greater body fat content, and insulin resistance.
A powerful antioxidant
Zinc is an excellent antioxidant that gets rid of free radicals which causes damage to cells in the body by bounding with them and neutralizing them. Zinc also targets free radicals that cause inflammation and is especially effective at detoxifying heavy metals from the brain.
A powerful detoxifier
The progression of neurodegeneration and Alzheimer’s disease is accelerated by heavy metal buildup in the brain. Zinc can help get rid of those toxins, and it also helps maintain cellular homeostasis of brain cells.
Zinc plays an essential role in neurotransmitter function and helps maintain brain structure and health. Also, zinc is part of an enzyme that is necessary for the anabolism of fatty acids in the brain membrane. This is very important because a key part of supporting brain health and function is to ensure the membrane gets the nutrients it needs.
Ananda Prasad, a leading researcher in the field of zinc and health, notes that simply ensuring our zinc levels are adequate can help cure number of the most severe health problems, especially cancer and poor immune function. Along with prostate cancer, low zinc plays a role in the development of most cancers of the breast, colon, ovaries, lungs, skin, and leukemia.
How much zinc do we need every day?
Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Zinc
Age Male Female Pregnancy Lactation
0-6 months 2 mg 2 mg
7-12 months 3 mg 3 mg
1-3 years 3 mg 3 mg
4-8 years 5 mg 5 mg
9-13 years 8 mg 8 mg
14-18 years 11 mg 9 mg 12 mg 13 mg
19 + years 11mg 8 mg 11 mg 12 mg