WHAT IS ZINC?
Zinc is the second most abundantly distributed trace element in the body after iron.
Those that have been plant based (vegan or vegetarian) for several years are at greatest risk for zinc deficiency. It is found in nuts, seeds, and legumes, but those foods also contain phytic acid, which impair mineral absorption, namely zinc.
Even if it is in the food, you aren't necessarily absorbing it...
If someone daily consumes the richest source of zinc = red meat, it is still possible that they could be deficient in zinc. Zinc absorption primarily takes place in the small intestine, and conditions that affect the function or integrity of the small intestine can lead to impaired zinc absorption. Some of these conditions include celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's and ulcerative colitis), short bowel syndrome, chronic diarrhea, and cystic fibrosis.
While it is best known for its role in immune function, wound healing, and growth and development, there are several lesser-known health benefits of zinc..
BENEFITS OF ZINC:
- Cognitive function: Zinc is involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, modulation of synaptic transmission, and brain development. Some studies have suggested that adequate zinc levels may support memory and learning.
- Vision: Zinc is present in high concentrations in the retina and is involved in the functioning of certain enzymes and proteins essential for vision. Adequate zinc intake may help maintain normal visual function and may play a role in preventing age-related macular degeneration.
- Fertility and reproduction: Zinc is important for both male and female reproductive health. In men, zinc is crucial for sperm production, testosterone synthesis, and prostate function. In women, zinc is involved in hormonal balance, egg development, and pregnancy maintenance.
- Taste and smell: Zinc is involved in the proper functioning of taste and smell receptors. Zinc deficiency can lead to a decrease in taste and smell sensitivity, which can be restored with zinc supplementation in some cases.
- Skin health: Zinc has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can be beneficial for skin health. It may help to reduce acne, inflammation, and the healing of skin lesions.
- Blood sugar regulation: Zinc is involved in insulin production, storage, and release, which are essential for blood sugar regulation. Adequate zinc levels may help maintain normal blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Bone health: Zinc plays a role in bone metabolism and mineralization, contributing to bone strength and integrity. Adequate zinc intake is necessary for maintaining bone health and preventing conditions like osteoporosis.
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings per Container: 60