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Zinc – Why this mineral is so important

Zinc – Why this mineral is so important

Zinc performs so many essential functions in our bodies. Without it we cannot properly absorb many vitamins, especially B Vitamins. It helps us avoid diabetes by assisting the processing of sugar. It is also part of the enzymes that aid our digestion. Zinc can help us handle alcohol better too.

It is essential for the normal development of the reproductive organs and the Prostate gland. Zinc is important in wound healing; healthy skin (can greatly assist those suffering from acne).   It heals ulcers faster, will help you recover from colds quicker and assist those with a poor appetite.

Zinc has often been used with great results for de-toxing the body of heavy metals. Studies have shown it can assist in prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies are also showing positive results in prevention of birth defects, infertility and nausea in pregnancy.

This mineral has been shown to greatly improve brain function and concentration. Supplementation of zinc in children with ADHA and ASD has shown great improvements for them in the areas of concentration and learning.

What are signs of low levels of zinc?

There are many health issues that can be due to low zinc or low absorption of zinc. The mains one are listed here –

Acne, Loss of taste and appetite, Anorexia, prostate problems, irregular heartbeat, impotence, increased developmental disorders, low sperm count, poor libido, psoriasis, epilepsy and fainting, learning disorders, anaemia, burns, infections, colds, viruses, body odour, irregular periods, decreased mental alertness, alcohol handling problems, slow healing, blood sugar imbalances, rheumatoid arthritis.

Which foods are high in Zinc?

A lot of the foods grown here in Australia are low in zinc as most of the soil here is very low in micro-nutrients. Processing also depletes zinc. For example milling of flour results in an 80% loss of zinc. Freezing peas causes a loss of between 25-50%. This is why Zinc is such an important supplement. However it’s always best to try and get as many of our nutrients straight from our food.

Foods high in zinc are - pumpkin and sunflower seeds, ginger, whole grains, yeast, beef, egg yolks, capsicum, sea food, oysters and crab are particularly rich in zinc as well as peanuts and chocolate.

Be aware when taking it as a supplement that absorption is inhibited by excessive calcium as it competes with calcium and iron for absorption. Excess sugar intake, insufficient stomach HCI and pancreatic enzymes, allergies and gut inflammation can also inhibit absorption.

GNLD Zinc is my favourite zinc supplement – it is pharmaceutical grade so provides high purity and potency, has natural amino acid chelation for improved absorption and contains no artificial flavours colours or preservatives