The importance of zinc

A multitude of our body€s functions rely upon trace amounts of zinc. The true value of zinc is growing as more and more evidence comes to light. Zinc can be found in all body tissues especially the eye, brain, liver, muscles and reproductive organs. It is thought to play an important role in regulating insulin activity and may also be of immense value to our immune system.

Just as zinc is becoming recognised as a vital essential mineral, studies are showing many children and adults are suffering from a zinc deficiency. Signs of a zinc deficiency are a poor sense of smell and taste, wounds that are slow to heal, excessive hair loss, impotency, growth impairment and the appearance of white flecks on the fingernails.

Zinc is the mineral most depleted from the soil used to grow our food. The refining practices of our modern world take valuable zinc from many of our grain foods. Even canned, frozen and dried foods contain very low levels of zinc.

People most at risk for a zinc deficiency are those who sweat heavily (living in hot countries), pregnant women, teenagers and the elderly. Zinc is especially essential to the reproductive system of men. The male prostrate gland contains more zinc than any other gland in the human body. Male sperm and seminal fluids are also very high in zinc. Deficiencies can cause prostrate problems, retarded genital development, impotence or infertility.

Ancient Egyptians knew about the healing properties of zinc. They used it to treat skin irritations, it is the healing ingredient in calamine lotion for example, and has been added to various creams and ointments for the relief of skin problems, sunburn and rashes. Extra zinc intake may aid in the healing of surgical incisions, bed sores, cold sores and leg ulcers as well as other everyday injuries to the skin.

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