Are You Getting Enough Zinc?
If you experience any of the following symptoms, your zinc levels may be low:
- Recurrent colds, flus and/or infections;
- Poor appetite, reduced sense of taste and/or smell;
- Sluggish digestion;
- Slow growth and development;
- Slow healing, acne and other skin conditions;
- Sugar cravings; and/or
- Stress, anxiety, and depression;
- Hair Loss
Zinc is Essential for Health
You may currently take zinc when you have a cold or flu. However, did you know that your cells need zinc daily? The adult body contains approximately 2.0 to 3.0 g of zinc, mostly stored inside your cells. Zinc has far-reaching actions which affect the health of your whole body. If you are taking Zinc in a multi vitamin then chances are you are not getting enough.
The Low-Down on Zinc Deficiency
Many people are deficient in zinc. Inadequate dietary intake, increased physiological needs, prolonged stress or a diet high in sugar or alcohol and profuse sweating are common causes of zinc deficiency.
Nourishing Your Body from A to Zinc
Zinc aids growth and development, and is an important nutrient during pregnancy for both mother and baby. Zinc is also important for male health, fertility and sperm production, increasing sperm motility and concentration, therefore enhancing the chances of conception.
Zinc protects your cells from free radical damage, providing antioxidant defence. Zinc’s actions include supporting healthy immunity, and improving appetite and digestive function. Its ability to increase the healing rate of acne and wounds makes it indispensable for skin health. Zinc also plays a key role in blood sugar metabolism, for greater blood sugar control.
Some zinc-rich foods include:
- Organic oysters, beef, chicken and eggs
- Non-animal sources include nuts, mushrooms, whole grains (brown rice), legumes, yeast and ginger and spinach.
The right zinc supplement should be highly absorbable with enhanced cellular uptake to increase the availability of zinc for your body. It should also be less likely to interact with other minerals, including copper, calcium and iron. In other words, something off the supermarket shelf won’t cut it.
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