What is Zinc?
Zinc is an essential mineral that has antioxidant properties and serves a variety of functions in human biology. It promotes a healthy and functioning immune system, is crucial for stimulating the activity of a variety of different enzymes, supports healing functions, promotes hormonal health, helps with vitamin A absorption, supports olfactory processes, and supports normal growth as well. Zinc deficiency can occur through either poor dietary choices or a low absorption rate of the mineral and can hinder basic metabolic function. It is also possible for one to consume excessive amounts of zinc, which will lead to toxicity.
What are the health benefits of Zinc?
Additionally, zinc supports healing functions, promotes hormonal health, helps with vitamin A absorption, supports olfactory processes, and supports normal growth. Zinc has been used to treat the common cold, bronchitis, acne, erectile dysfunction, and high blood pressure.
What foods are good sources of Zinc?
Zinc can be found in many different foods, though oysters are known to contain a disproportionately greater amount than others. Beef, poultry, legumes, nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, whole grains, dairy products, and fortified breakfast cereal.
Are there other ways to take Zinc?
Zinc is also available as a supplement which can be found in health food stores, vitamin shops, and online.
What are the guidelines for taking Zinc?
The recommended daily intake of zinc is 8mg for women and 11mg for men, and it’s not recommended that either gender consume more than 40mg in a day.
Are there any precautions for taking Zinc?
When one consumes too much zinc, they run the risk of suppressing their absorption of copper and iron, reducing immune function, and reducing levels of the good cholesterol. Toxic amounts of zinc also may induce nausea and vomiting.
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