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What More You Should Know About Zinc?


Zinc is not only important in prostate gland function and the growth of the reproductive organs.It also helps to prevent ACNE and regulate the activity of the oil glands. It is required for protein synthesis and collagen formation and promotes a healthy immune system and the healing of wounds. Zinc also allows acuity of taste and smell. It protects the liver from chemical damage and is vital for bone formation. Sufficient intake of zinc are needed to maintain the proper concentration of Vitamin E in the blood.

In addition zinc increases the absorption of Vitamin A deficiency of Zinc, may result of the senses of smell and taste. It can also cause finger nails to become
thin, peel and develop white spots. Other possible signs of zinc deficit 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 propensity to diabetes, prostate trouble, recurrent colds and flu, skin lesions and slow wound healing.

You can find sources of zinc in brewer's yeast, egg yolk, fish, kelp. lamb, legumes, Lima beans, liver, meats, mushroom, oysters, pecans, poultry, pumpkin seeds and whole grains.

Herbs that contain zinc include alfalfa, cayenne, chamomile, dandelion, chickweed, fennel seed, milk thistle, parsley, rose hips, sage, sarsaparilla and wild yam.
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 the intestinal tract.

A significant amount of zinc is also lost through perspiration. The consumption of hard water also affects the zinc level. Compounds called phytates found in grains
and legumes bind with zinc so that it cannot be absorbed. If you take both zinc and iron supplements, take them at different times. If this mineral are taken together, they interfere with one another. Do not take a total of more than 100 milligrams of zinc daily. If you take more than that it can depress your immune system but if you take less than 100 mgrams. supplement, it will enhance your immune system.

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