What Zinc Does? Again an Essential trace Element & is found in every cell of The Body. It prevents many minerals getting excess-toxic levels and is antagonistic to minerals such as Calcium, Copper, Iron, Sulphur, Phosphorous, Lead & Cadmium. But also, excess levels of Zinc may reduce absorption of these elements. It is primarily associated with Proteins (has major role in their production in the body) & Metallo-Enzyme Systems. It is a component of many important enzymes in the body (Has a catalytic role to play in chemical reactions of 100’s of Enzymes). An Adult Human Body contains around 3 Grams (Highest Concentrations located in prostate Gland & Eyes). Zinc does following in the body:
- Helps body metabolise Proteins, carbohydrates & Alcohol,
- Wound Healing – Bone Building,
- Optimum Skin & Hair Health,
- Immune System – Wound Healing-Blood Clotting,
- Reproduction-Growth & Development (Important constituent of Male-Semen),
- Involved in Nucleic Acid Synthesis,
- Blood Sugar Levels-Insulin Levels in the Blood,
- Thyroid Functions,
- Anti-Oxidant Functions,
- May help fight Wilson’s Disease.
Reasons for Shortage of Zinc: Anorexia, Alcoholics, Smokers, Un-balanced diet, Side Effects of Medicines, Chronic Abdominal Disorders.
Chlorophyll is required for Zinc Metabolism and Cauliflower is a rich source for Chlorophyll.
Zinc Deficiency may lead to:
- Reduced amount of Vitamin-A release from the Liver (Night Blindness),
- Loss of Appetite-Poor-Retarded Growth,
- Lack of taste-Smell-Vision,
- Skin Disorders (Extremely Dry-Itchy Skin-White Spots on Nails),
- Severe Deficiency leads to Macular Degeneration,
- Depression-Other Mental Disorders…
Rich Source of Zinc: Best absorbed through a protein Diet. Only around 1/3rd of the Zinc present in the body is absorbed by our Body. It is lost through our Sweat.
Plant Sources: Legumes (Beans-Including Green Beans, Peas, Peanuts), Whole grains, Tofu, Cooked Green vegetables (Along with Leaves), Mushrooms, Pumpkin (Especially seeds, कद्दू के बीज), Corn, Black Sesame Seeds-Oil, Wheat Germ, Hemp Seeds,
Herbs & Spices: Fennel Seeds (सौंफ),
Fruit Sources: Watermelon Seeds,
Animal Sources: Oysters, Shrimp, Crabs, Poultry, Cheese,
Zinc Acetate or Zinc Citrate is best absorbed in The Body.
Daily Recommended Values:
Adults: 8 – 15 mg/Day.
An approximate 150 mg of Zinc Citrate provides around 50 mg Elemental Zinc.
- As Zinc reduces amount of Copper our body may absorb, High Zn Doses lead to Copper deficiency,
- Zinc and Iron or Calcium Supplements not to be taken together.
Did you know that ACE Inhibitors (Angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitor: The High Blood Pressure medicines) lead to Lower levels of Zinc in The Body!!